What is a SHARROW?



Sharrows is short for “shared lane pavement markings.” The marking combines an image of a bicycle with a series of chevrons to indicate that motorists and cyclists are to share the travel lane. This marking is placed in the travel lane to indicate that a bicyclist may use the full lane.

According to Lexington General Law, bicycles do not have to stay all the way to the right and can take the full lane to avoid car doors, debris, bad pavement, or other hazards. (Bicycles may even ride side-by-side when it doesn’t interfere with safe passing, especially when cars can safely move into another lane to pass.)