Sharrows Won’t Be Added Before Fall, Official Says

posted: August 1st, 2012 04:42 am | 0No Comments

The City Council voted earlier this month to have staff add sharrows to East Coast Highway through Corona del Mar, but those share-the-road markings won’t be added before summer ends, a city official has confirmed.

“Everything is up in the air at this point,” said Brad Sommers, senior civil engineer for the city’s Public Works Department. “We’re kind of in a holding pattern.”

The City Council voted 5-1 to add the sharrows symbols at a July 10 meeting; read our story here. The idea first surfaced in December 2009 at a meeting of the Newport Beach Task Force on Cycling Safety, a group that led to the creation of the city Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee. That committee disagreed about sharrows in 2011 but voted to recommend them to the City Council this summer.

Crews added the markings along a Corona del Mar stretch of Bayside Drive in October 2010.

Public outreach and an awareness campaign will occur before the symbols are painted, Sommers said. The Bicycle Safety Committee members will discuss outreach plans at the group’s Aug. 6 meeting.

Final design plans are not complete, Sommers said, and a striping contractor has not been selected.

“We’ll be out of summer for sure,” he said.

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