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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (August 7, 2017) – The City of Brownsville announces the installation of Shared Lane Markings (SLMs) or “sharrows” on various city streets throughout the next few months. A sharrow, or Shared Lane Marking – as defined by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) – is a roadway marking that is used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles.
Brownsville’s sharrow routes were funded through the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) in 2014. TAP funds, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Brownsville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), are designated for smaller-scale transportation projects, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails and safe routes to school projects.
Adding Shared Lane Markings to applicable roadways has many benefits:
“Here in Brownsville, we’ve led the way by improving our infrastructure and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Brownsville City Commissioner At-Large “B” Rose M. Gowen. “Sharrows are important for both motorists and cyclists; they indicate direction for cyclists, reduce the usage of sidewalks and ultimately ensure that cyclists are as visible as possible to the motorists they are sharing the road with. Over the next few months, we will see the addition of Shared Lane Markings as we continuously strive to become a more bicycle-friendly community and promote the health and wellness of all our citizens.”
“The Brownsville MPO is extremely pleased to see these safety-related improvements being implemented in Brownsville,” said Brownsville MPO Director Mark Lund. “Sharrows encourage bicyclists to utilize local streets with low speeds and low traffic volumes while increasing safety and visibility for motorists and cyclists alike.”
Brownsville’s sharrow routes, identified as “Near Term Recommendations” within the Connecting Brownsville: The 2013 Bicycle & Trail Master Plan, will be located on the following roadways:
Click here to learn more about Shared Lane Markings.
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