What’s a Sharrow? Raleigh Bike Traffic Changes


New symbols on Raleigh roadways may confuse drivers. The symbols have been added to make traffic flow easier for bicyclists who share the roadways.


The Raleigh bike traffic changes will hopefully make drivers more aware of the presence of bicyclists and reduce the number of bikers who get hit by cars in the Triangle area. The new symbols appearing on Raleigh streets are called sharrows. What’s a sharrow? A sharrow is painted in white on the road’s surface and consists of a bike with two chevrons above it.


The term sharrow comes from an abbreviated version of ‘shared-lane arrow.’ The white street symbols tell bicyclists where they should ride on the road. The symbols also indicate to drivers that they’re in a popular bicyclist area and should drive with caution.


Read more about biking in the Triangle here.

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