Do sharrows have a role to play on Montgomery County streets? Sharrows are being considered as a solution to make Bethesda streets more appealing to bicyclists, especially where space is too limited for other solutions or where bike lanes could make things worse. The City of Rockville has already placed sharrows on Piccard Drive.
Consider these possible locations of sharrow markings in Bethesda:
- Sharrows in the middle of the righthand lane of Arlington Road from Old Georgetown Road to Bradley Blvd. It’s a four lane road with fairly short blocks, no dedicated turn lanes and some streetscaping, which I think helps to calm traffic, at least compared to most four lane roads in the suburbs. It carries a varying amount of traffic depending on the time of day.
- Sharrows in the middle of the righthand through-lane on Old Georgetown Road from Battery Lane to Wisconsin Ave. It’s a busy four lane road with some additional turn lanes. South of Woodmont Ave. it’s one way northbound.
- Sharrows on Bradley Boulevard from Goldsboro Road to Wisconsin Ave. in the rightmost non-parking lane. Unless the lane is wide enough to share with a car side by side within the lane, the sharrows would be in the middle of the lane. It helps cyclists feel like they don’t have to ride in the parking lane (which allows parking but is a legal travel lane).
- Sharrows on Norfolk Avenue from Woodmont Ave. (or from Wisconsin?) to Rugby Lane between the parked cars and moving cars. The road has very short blocks with stop signs (and a couple traffic lights) and no lane markings except a center line. Bike lanes were rejected a few years ago based on input from cyclists.
Sharrows in the middle of the lane would be accompanied by Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL) signs.