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Rye to Make Forest Avenue More Bike Friendly

RYE, N.Y. – City Engineer Christian Miller delivered a presentation Wednesday to the Rye City Council proposing the implementation of road markings along Forest Avenue to help make the street safer for bicyclists.

The presentation centered on a portion of the City's Forest Avenue Safe Streets project, which Miler called the quintessential purpose of city planning.

"This is really what planning is. It's about involving the community, identifying priorities and strategies and implementing those," Miller said.

The project, referred to by Miller as “simple,” plans to install "sharrows" demarcating that the street is a shared roadway between bicycles and motor vehicles. A sharrow is a shared lane marking, designed in the shape of a bicycle that indicates to drivers that bicyclists are entitled to use the full width of the lane.

The current draft of the project has the sharrows running the length of Forest Avenue in both directions. According to Miller, the city would place a sharrow every 200 to 250 feet along the 14,000 foot long roadway, totaling 60 sharrows in each direction. The only restrictions regarding the placement of the sharrows, which are approximately 3 feet by 10 feet, are at intersections and in front of driveways.

"All that the marking delineates is that bikers share the roadways with vehicles, instead of having a sign this is a treatment on the pavement," Miller said. "It's to enhance the treatment of the road and to delineate them better."

Miller said the purpose of the presentation was to make the community aware of the sharrows, receive feedback from the council and then formally present the project to the council at a later date.

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