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Bike Dictionary – The Social Sharrow

March 28th, 2011 | Categories: Infrastructure | 7 comments

A 'social sharrow' not on Fait & Montford St in southeast Baltimore

Social Sharrow – (so-shul shair-0), n. – a unique bicycle facility installation that allows cyclists to ride side by side and converse while pedalling city streets.  Sure to upset motorists, this facility definitely increases bikesposure.

  • Jonathan ausM

    I like it. I’ve been giving names to our sharrows here in Portland too. Mind if I use your social sharrow image for a roundup of sorts on BikePortland? Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Confused. Is this a Photoshop? Are you being cheeky about a contractor error? Why are the sharrow markings at a 75ish% angle from the traffic on Fait Aveue (the only incoming traffic that would be heading towards Essex)?

  • Nate Evans

    Feel free, Jonathan, but let’s give credit where its due. My good friend and B’more cycling guru Gary Letteron came up with this idea on a brisk winter’s ride on E Baltimore St

  • Nate Evans

    No, it’s “PAINT”. If I knew Photoshop it’d be a lot cleaner.

    The sharrows are angled to delineate direction of travel as is becoming the practice across the US

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I’m completely confused. Why are there two sharrow markings? To facilitate cyclist chattiness? Huh?

  • Nate Evans

    This is not supposed to be taken seriously, Spanky. Take a spin out to this intersection and let me know if you see 2 sharrows….

  • Anonymous

    Oh! You mean MS Paint! I thought you were yelling paint, as in physical paint you buy in a paint store, and using quotation marks for emphasis.



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