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City Adds New Bike Routes

Apr 22, 2018 08:47AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The City of Manhattan Beach has announced that it will add 11.4 miles of new bike routes to its 6 miles of existing bikeways to increase accessibility and safety for bicyclists in the community.

These routes will involve installing bike route signs on over 11 miles of city streets and painting shared bike lane markings, also known as “sharrows,” on about 9.4 miles of streets.

The Manhattan Beach City Council approved these improvements in fall 2017, following the adoption of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan in 2011, which was created by the South Bay Bicycle Coalition along with other South Bay cities and regional organizations.

Installation of the bike signs will begin in the next week, and the sharrows will be marked  soon after. Shared bike lane signs or “sharrows” are markings stenciled on roadways that help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars, and alert others on the road that there may be bicyclists occupying the space.

The presence of sharrows on the roadways does not change the current rules of the road or remove any parking. According to the city, they are a tool to help increase the visibility and safety of bicyclists on roadways, and they represent a significant step in making Manhattan Beach more multi-modal. 

Residents are urged to use local pathways when taking advantage of two upcoming bike holidays: National Bike to School Day on May 9th, and National Bike to Work Week, May 14-18

For additional information about the bike projects, contact the City’s traffic engineer, Erik Zandvliet at (310) 802-5522 or ezandvliet@citymb.info.

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