Shared Lane Markings “Sharrows” are coming to Downtown Rome
By Sue Hiller
The Rome Floyd Planning Department is excited to announce the installment of sharrows. Shared Lane Markings, or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits, shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street, help keep bicyclist off of sidewalks, provides wayfinding, and recommends the safest bicyclist positioning.
By the end of April, just in time for 700+ cyclists, Rome is expecting the annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal race; sharrows will be stenciled at E. Sixth Ave. trailhead along the inner lanes of Broad Street and over the South Rome Bridge to the Kingfisher Trailhead. They will also go on E. First Avenue from Broad Street to Glen Milner.
Sharrow stenciling will begin next week, and will cause partial lane closures. Bringing sharrows to downtown originally came out of the DDA’s Parking Committee agenda to explore alternative transportation opportunities in and around Downtown Rome. The sharrows were then approved in a public hearing at the City of Rome Traffic Committee; a committee made up of traffic engineers, police officers, and city commissioners.
“Rome boasts over 13 miles of beautiful greenways all of which lead downtown and dissipate, not quite connecting with one another to make one cohesive trail system,” said Senior Planner, Bryan King. “These sharrows will help bridge the gap in Downtown Rome, while promoting livability and health. Sharrows will help connect doorsteps to our thriving downtown business.
Downtown Development Chair, Steven McDowell said, “Anytime we can help educate drivers on how to better share the road is a win for everyone. We encourage and invite all of our community cyclists to come downtown and experience this traffic improvement.”
For questions about these sharrows please contact Senior Planner, Bryan King at 706-236-5025