Breaking down the city’s new bike lanes
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT – Director of Public Works Scott Beduhn gave a breakdown of some of the city’s new bike lanes during a recent Stevens Point Police and fire commission.
Beduhn noted that additional signage would be added along with the newly painted lanes. All lane painting should be completed by the end of September.
Shared Lane Markings – Bike with no rider
The shared lane markings – also called sharrows – found throughout the city are used to indicate a shared roadway for pedestrians and drivers.
A white bicycle is the symbol marking for these lanes.
Sharrows are different from bike lanes. Sharrows are intended to alert drivers where pedestrians might be on the roadway and allow for safer passing of vehicles on a shared thoroughfare.
Cars and bikes are both permitted in a sharrow.
Urban Shoulder – White lining
Urban shoulders look similar to bike lanes, but with no symbols.
Urban shoulders are marked by a continuous white lining.
Bike lanes need a minimum of four feet of space for operation, but urban shoulders can vary in size with less statutory limitations.
Cars can park in urban shoulders when permitted, unlike bike lanes, which are reserved for pedestrians.
A large stretch of urban shoulder lanes can be seen along Jefferson Street.
Bike Lane – Rider on bike
Bike lanes are marked with a person riding a bicycle accompanied by a solid white line.
Vehicles are not allowed in bike lanes unless permitted by signage.
Some bike lanes throughout the city also have a buffer zone, marked by diagonal lines; the spaces act as a means to further separate cyclists from drivers.
Some bike lane areas may have dashed lining, indicating that vehicles can enter the area to make turns.