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Santa Monica Announces Sharrows, New Bike Lane and More

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On 14th Street | Photo via city of Santa Monica

On 14th Street | Photo via city of Santa Monica
Santa Monica this week announced the arrival of its first-ever street with sharrows. Installed as part of regularly scheduled street maintenance on 14th Street at Montana, the lane markings are anticipated to connect riders from the Montana Avenue bike lane to a bike lane planned for 14th Street two blocks away, south of Washington.

"This is a big deal for us," said Michelle Glickert, a Senior Transportation Planner with the city of Santa Monica. "This is going to be a big part of our network."

According to the city, by incorporating bicycle infrastructure with ongoing projects like scheduled street maintenance, the city saves money while continuing to build their bicycle network, which has been envisioned the city's draft land use and circulation plan.

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In addition to the sharrows, a paving project let the city complete a missing link in the bike lane on Arizona Avenue. Now cyclists can traverse the two-mile east-west artery continuously on a bike lane from the city's border at 26th street to Ocean Avenue.

Santa Monica is also installing bicycle detection technology at signalized intersections. Cyclists that hit a red light can position themselves over a marked trigger that will tell the system to turn green. This Summer, the 46th intersection will go live. "This can't come soon enough," said Gary Kavanagh, a blogger who follows planning and transportation issues in Santa Monica.