Have you seen
the new shared lane markings on Main Street?
A shared lane
marking - or "sharrow" - is a road marking used to indicate a shared
lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. This is not a marking to
indicate a bike-exclusive lane, but one that reminds drivers that the lane is shared
by both cars and bikes. In the state of Missouri, cyclists have the same rights
and responsibilities as motorists and may use the full road lane.
community meetings following the disaster, citizens indicated strong support
for bike lanes, shared paths and installing more sidewalks throughout the recovery
area. These options have been considered
in rebuilding plans and are included in projects according to the available right-of-way.
signage along Main Street is to alert drivers that bicyclists may be present on
the road. As always, citizens should drive attentively and safely as the City
continues to build multi-modal transportation options in Joplin.
For more details
about sharing the road, check out the Missouri Bike Federation's summary here: http://mobikefed.org/si…/default/files/biketips_bikelaws.pdf.
The Main Street
construction is part of the $7.47 million project that includes new street
surface, sidewalks, and lighting improvements from 15th Street to
just north of 32nd Street. Branco Enterprises, Inc. is the
contractor for the project. Funding for this project is through the Community
Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program.