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Sign Of The Times

Jeff Garretson - September 8, 2015 1:11 pm

The Sharrow icon designates that cars and bikes share the lane

The Sharrow icon designates that cars and bikes share the lane

As paint crews continue to add more bicycle lanes and signage around Salina, drivers and bicycle riders continue to travel down the road of knowledge.

Salina City Manager Jason Gage joined in on the KSAL Morning News Tuesday with a look at how the process is going, “Once we get kind of over the hump on the education and people get used to it after a few months I think we’ll be fine,” he said.

About seven months ago city commissioners approved a master plan to identify bike routes with stripes and bike icons as streets are overlaid with a fresh coat of micro-surfacing.

Gage said overall the feedback from the public has been pretty positive, and that the Sharrow icon is causing more questions than concerns, “I think the biggest frustration is that a lot of the motorist believe that the Sharrow allows a bicycle to ride in front of the car and slow them down,” Gage said.

“That is not the intent.”

Gage added that crews will continue to phase in more Bike Lanes and Sharrows as road projects progress.

Doug Clemens

September 8, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Sign of the times??? The city commissioners who voted to waste taxpayer money on this should be recalled and the city manager should be given walking papers. I am still waiting on what laws will cover the bike riders that they will receive summons for. One thing they should outlaw those bikes where the rider is laying down while pedaling. First of all a driver of an auto cannot see them and they will surely be run over and someone will die. I believe law enforcement needs to let the taxpayers of Salina know the laws bike riders will face and be prosecuted for if they break them.

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