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Green Sharrow Lane

The City has taken a new and innovative approach to improving the safety and continuity of one of the City's primary cycling routes. Cyclists and motorists will notice shared lane pavement markings with a new green travel lane along the 100 block of West 13th Street. Known as a green sharrow, this multi-use travel lane helps cyclists and motorists share the street safely.

Sharrows are commonly used on busier streets shared by cyclists and motorists to indicate where the cyclist should position themselves within the travel lane. The 3.2m wide green sharrow lane along West 13th Street is designed to raise and reinforce awareness that the curb lane should be shared by both bicycles and vehicles in a single line.

The City is continually working to improve cycling routes and the green sharrow concept is a new approach to improve the safety of a primary cycling route and encourage more people to consider cycling as a safe and effective method of travel. The installation of the City's first green sharrow lane accommodates the need for two westbound traffic lanes along 13th Street between Lonsdale and Chesterfield and considers current traffic flow and future growth.

Although new to the City of North Vancouver, examples of green sharrows can be seen in many other Canadian and US cities.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a green sharrow?

A green sharrow lane is a painted green lane that includes a white bicycle symbol and two white chevrons. Sharrows are used on busier streets that are shared by both motorists and cyclists as a visual reminder to indicate where the cyclist should position themselves within the travel lane.

How is a green sharrow different from a bike lane?

Bike lanes are a dedicated space for cyclists where motorists are not allowed to park, stop or drive. Bike lanes are painted on the road with a solid white line and bicycle symbols. In comparison, sharrows are used in lanes that are shared by motorists and cyclists and indicate where the cyclist should position themselves within the travel lane.

Where exactly will the green sharrow lane be installed?

The City's first green sharrow lane has been installed along the 100 block of West 13th Street between Lonsdale and Chesterfield, occupying the westbound curb lane. The centre westbound lane remains as a regular traffic lane.

Should cyclists and motorists only share the road in lanes with green sharrow markings?

No. Cyclists can ride on any street within the City of North Vancouver. Cyclists and motorists should share the road on all streets regardless of whether there are pavement markings or signs encouraging them to do so. Sharrows are commonly used on busier streets within an established cycling route as a visual reminder for motorists and cyclists to share the street safely.

Will green sharrows be used on every street that does not have a bike lane?

No. The installation of a green sharrow lane along 13th Street is a new and innovative approach to improve the safety and continuity of cycling facilities along the 100 block of 13th Street. The City will consider installing green sharrows in other areas where a dedicated bike lane cannot be provided.




Contact Info

Krister Naab
Engineering, Parks and Environment
Tel: 604-983-7345
Email: knaab@cnv.org

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