Perplexed Cyclist

Spring brings repaving, and repaving on NW 18th and 19th in my neighborhood means the permanent installation of sharrows! We got temporary markers last fall, but now the real things are going in. Yeah!

But this one has me confused. This is NW 18th northbound just before Everett St. (sorry for the cell-phone quality photo). The right-only turn lane forces cars off on Everett to create the space where the bike lane starts just after Everett.

As a cyclist going north, I’m not sure what I’m legally supposed to do. Pre-sharrows, I would have put my bike in the right edge of the left-hand through lane, since the right lane is turn-only.

But the sharrows would seem to say I should be in the right lane. Indeed, the sharrows line up perfectly with the line of travel for the bike lane that starts after Everett. Is it legal for me to use the right lane even though I’m not turning?

sharrows

Spring brings repaving, and repaving on NW 18th and 19th in my neighborhood means the permanent installation of sharrows! We got temporary markers last fall, but now the real things are going in. Yeah!

But this one has me confused. This is NW 18th northbound just before Everett St. (sorry for the cell-phone quality photo). The right-only turn lane forces cars off on Everett to create the space where the bike lane starts just after Everett.

As a cyclist going north, I’m not sure what I’m legally supposed to do. Pre-sharrows, I would have put my bike in the right edge of the left-hand through lane, since the right lane is turn-only.

But the sharrows would seem to say I should be in the right lane. Indeed, the sharrows line up perfectly with the line of travel for the bike lane that starts after Everett. Is it legal for me to use the right lane even though I’m not turning?

Is our bicycle coordinator reading this? Or maybe Ray Thomas? Help!

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