Poughkeepsie to make bicycling safer

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie will be painting shared lane markings, also known as “sharrows,” along the City Transect Bicycle Route beginning today, Wednesday May 27. 

The City Transect route follows Bicycle Route 9 as it crosses through the city, starting at Hooker Avenue on the southern end and heading northwest until finishing on Delafield Street near Marist College. 

Sharrows consist of a cyclist stick figure and chevron painted in the middle of the street, and they are part of a suite of bicycle-related actions the city is considering in order to create a friendlier environment for cyclists.

 While sharrows do not physically separate cyclists from traffic, they do signify cyclists’ right to ride in the street while alerting motorists that they may encounter people on bicycles. 

Sharrows also act as wayfinding, providing clear directions for cyclists to follow a route. 

City Department of Public Works crews will begin marking the route at the southern end of Hooker Avenue on Wednesday morning, working on one lane at a time. Motorists and cyclists may encounter temporary lane closures. Work is expected to be completed by the week of June 1.