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Bike Coalition to Celebrate Sharrows With Sunday Ride

The WeHo Bike Coalition will celebrate the new signage with a public ride at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition fought hard to convince the city to install signage on Fountain Avenue indicating that bikes and cars had equal rights to use the road; on Sunday they'll celebrate that victory with a 4-mile ride.

Coalition Representative Kevin Burton used the public forum of Monday's city council meeting to invite WeHo residents to the family friendly ride, which will be held on Sunday, April 7 beginning at 10:15 a.m. at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.

The ride will start at City Hall and head toward Sweetzer, where it will take a left and continue north. The route will then hook-up with Fountain Avenue, where the sharrows were recently installed.

In September, Tess Lotta of the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition told the city council that the sharrows--which are "sharing arrow" signs painted on the pavement--would educate both cyclists and motorists as to how to properly share the road.

"Sharrows are non-invasive infrastructure application that would greatly serve our community by educating motorists as to the proper, legal and safe use of a shared lane," Lotta said. "Fountain is extremely dangerous and sharrows have been proven to help save lives. Showing drivers where they need to be and showing inexperienced cyclists where they need to be helps us to be safe on roads like Fountain Avenue."

The newly installed sharrows connect to similar bicycle infrastructure installed on the Los Angeles side of Fountain in 2010.

Taylor Nichols April 04, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Looks good. Anything that protects pedestrians, cyclusts and motorists is a good thing. Fountain is such a beautiful street it should be for all people.
George April 05, 2013 at 06:38 AM
The signs do not deter speeding cars trust me. I am nearly run over any time I bike ride on Fountain. I ride on the sidewalk always. Yep, even in WH where a some stupid council members decided it was better to have bike riders on the street so they can get hit by a car then riding safely on the sidewalk. If you get a ticket don't worry because you can fight it and any judge will agree WH was foolish to outlaw bikes on the sidewalk. I got 4 ticket and all were dismissed by different judges. Ha, ha, ha WH! If WH had any sense they would have removed the ugly island in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd and that would have enlarged the street so bikes can ride more safely. Maybe a path down the island could have been designed? Down towards Doheny the island has a nicely designed pathway for walking. Has anyone ever seen people walking on the island for a leisurely walk in the middle of that busy Santa Monica Blvd? Who's dumb idea was that? There are more and more bike riders and something needs to be done to protect them.
Insider April 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing the signage that tells bike riders to stop at stop signs.
David April 07, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I'd like to see bike riders ride their bikes in the roadway and not on sidewalks where pedestrians many of which are elderly walk.

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