"Sharrows"—McCall Shares the Road
The City of McCall will begin installing new pavement markings on a few streets in McCall which are too narrow for separate bike lanes. These markings are called "sharrows." The purpose of sharrows:
- To let motorists know they can expect bicyclists on the road.
- Sharrows provide visual cues to drivers and bicyclists which reinforce the existing rules of the road and help both parties align themselves within a shared travel lane.
- To position the bicyclist in the lane in order to encourage safe passing by motorists.
- To help bicyclists position themselves in the travel lane (i.e. "take the lane") since it is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel side-by-side in the lane.
- Sharrows are not separate bike lanes. A motorist can drive over the sharrows. But if a bicyclist is nearby, drivers can use the sharrow to judge spacing so driver and bicyclists can share the lane safely.
Sharrows are on the following streets:
· Forest Street
· Lick Creek Road– from Davis Avenue to Timber Circle
· Lake Street –north of the marina
|· Lakeside Avenue
· Mill Street –southbound only
|View the SHARROWS MAP
Implementing sharrows is part of the "McCall Area Pathways Master Plan" which can be found on the City's website: mccall.id.us . Questions regarding sharrows can be directed to Michelle Groenevelt, firstname.lastname@example.org , 208-634-7052.
More information regarding the rules of the road and bicycle-related Idaho Code, Title 49, Chapter 7 , can be found on the Idaho Transportation Department website: itd.idaho.gov .