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.