Friday, April 29, 2011

"Sharrow" meeting, mayoral debate on Monday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM


The city gets no points for planning on this one.

In an effort to draw community-minded folks into the discussion, the city is hosting a meeting on "sharrows" - markers that will be put on select roads to indicate where bicyclists should position themselves in the right lane. The aim of sharrows is two-fold. First, they are supposed to let drivers know that yes, bikes are allowed on the road. Second, they are intended to position cyclists in the safest portion of the right lane — steering them clear of the swung-open doors of parked cars.

The Sharrow project has heavily involved newly-minted City Councilor Tim Leigh. But it's been criticized for not garnering enough community input.

So, voila! The city has decided to plan a public meeting, scheduled conveniently on a Monday night ... the same Monday night of the most highly-publicized mayoral debate of the election.

So anyway, you'll need to choose. Here are your options:

Public meetings on Shared Lane Markings

On Monday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers (107 N. Nevada Ave.) the City of Colorado Springs, the Council of Neighborhoods and Organizations and the Organization of Westside Neighbors, will host a public meeting to provide information about Shared Lane Markings (sometimes termed “sharrows”) that are placed on streets without bike lanes as an awareness tool that motorists and cyclists are sharing the road. The meeting will include solicitation of public input to help shape guidelines that can be applied when considering roads where marks could be applied to improve safety.

This topic will also be discussed at the Tuesday, May 3, meeting of the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) which is also open to the public. The CTAB meeting will be at 2 p.m. on May 3, also in City Council Chambers (107 N. Nevada Ave.).


Two candidates remain in the race for Colorado Springs' first strong mayor. Each has a vision for the future of our city. Each has a plan to accomplish his goals. But only one can win.

Be informed when you cast your vote.

Attend the Mayoral Debate on May 2nd at 6 p.m. to hear the candidates debate issues facing Colorado Springs.

Also, introducing the newly elected City Council president and council members. Meet and greet the candidates and city council after the debate.

Tickets are $10. A reception will follow the debate.

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