Westfield drivers getting used to shared bicycle lanes

He said the long-standing signs still in use are obsolete and confusing

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield drivers are getting accustomed to a new street marking. It’s called the “Sharrow,” which lets drivers know they’re sharing the lane with bicycles. The “Sharrow” first appeared in Westfield during the recent North Elm street improvements.

Deputy city engineer Greg Freeman told 22News, the Sharrow is quite common on streets in the Eastern part of the state. The friends of the Columbia greenway bike trail hope drivers understand the meaning of this icon.

Don Podolski, friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail told 22News, “Everyone has a right to use the entire lane when you’re riding to pick your position on the lane. You feel safest and where the lane is too narrow to allow adequate passing distance, you need to be right out there in the middle of the lane.”

Don Podolski said he would feel more comfortable when the city installs the warning signs reinforcing the Sharrows. He said the long-standing signs still in use are obsolete and confusing.

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