Bike Sharrows and Lanes

What are Sharrows?
Shared lane pavement markings (or “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road, avoid car doors and remind drivers to share the road with cyclists. Unlike bicycle lanes, sharrows do not designate a particular part of the street for the exclusive use of bicyclists. They are simply a marking to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride and help motorists expect to see and share the lane with bicyclists.

Where are sharrows in Irving?
Sharrow markings can be found off of Sixth Street between MacArthur Blvd. and Hastings.

What do sharrows mean for motorists and bicyclists?
Motorists:

  • Expect to see bicyclists on the street
  • Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
  • Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows

Bicyclists

  • Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane
  • Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
  • Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows

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Bike Lanes

Bike lanes are generally defined as "a portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement marking for the preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists". Bicycle lanes make the movements of both motorists and bicyclists more predictable and as with other bicycle facilities there are advantages to all road users in striping them on the roadway.

Current designated bike lane in Irving:
Northgate Drive Bike Lane:

  • East and westbound Northgate Drive between Rochelle and Carl roads.