If you travel along the rail line between Cheltenham and Bowden, you may have seen new bicycle logos on the roadway with two chevrons (arrows) above them.
The new markings are “sharrows”. Unlike the standard bicycle advisory marking, sharrows are placed closer to the centre of the street. DPTI and City of Charles Sturt are trialing sharrow placement on local streets that will form part of the Outer Harbor Greenway. Variations of sharrows are used internationally and interstate, but this is the first time they have been used in SA.
Sharrows are intended to:
• Encourage people to ride at a safe distance from parked cars (out of the ‘door zone’)
• Alert other road users to expect cyclists
• Make it easier to follow the route
Painting sharrows is just one step in the development of the Outer Harbor Greenway, which will be a continuous 20km route from the City to North Haven when complete. Major works are underway, including signalised crossings of arterial roads (including South Rd, Woodville Rd and Cheltenham Pde), new off-street paths and other improvements that will make the route an attractive place to ride. Keep up to date on progress here.
Cycling and Walking Section, DPTI
This is a nice idea, more so for route following than anything.
Colin, can we email you with suggestions on improvements to existing cycling infrastructure? I know there is probably already a long list, existing priority areas and budget restraints, but it'd be nice to have a "suggestions dropbox" where riders can leave ideas.
Suggestions welcome anytime - email DPTI.CyclingandWalking@sa.gov.au
I have sent a suggestion for clearer markings of the Levels-City bikeway (which is really what would now be called a Greenway), based on my experience last summer where I was not confident I was on the route all the way.
Good news Scott, someone is listening. Over the last week new directional signs have been placed along the route within the Port Adelaide Enfield council section of the path.
I was going to comment last week when the first signs were erected, all were new signs on new posts installed in places a cyclist would be looking as they ride. Today I noticed even more signs have now been placed on existing poles in the middle of several roundabouts, and a few on Stobie poles. Almost every intersection between Grand Junction Rd and Regency Rd has a new directional sign.
Hopefully the other councils will get on-board
With any luck, they'll get rid of that awful obstruction in the middle of the path...
This intersection was included on Page 4 of this discussion.
I hope this is some sort of trend: removing pointless bollards and barriers.
Maybe I'll give it another go in the next few weeks :-)
Kerry McConnell, Team Leader Transport, Technical Services is likely to be the person whom you note 'is listening'! Please email her via the Council web site if you have further suggestions!
Sam P, Secretary, PortBUG.
Colin, I assume these have no standing in the Australian Road Rules. If a bike lane is in the door zone, can chevrons be painted outside the bike lane?
In regards to the road rules, advisory treatments do not designate a part of the road for any particular use.
If I understand your second question correctly, the sharrow consists of both the bicycle logo and the two chevron "hats" together and typically a road would have either bike lanes or sharrows. And the hats stay on, if that makes sense.