Your mom probably taught you to share and now the city of Grand Junction will, too.

Motorists and bicyclists soon should see some new markings on select city roadways that indicate areas where a cyclist may take the full road.

The distinction should improve the level of the safety and comfort for riders.

The Shared Lane Use symbol or a marking commonly called a "sharrow" is often accompanied by a sign that states "Bicycles May Use Full Lane."

The signs may be placed in areas that meet strict criteria including on narrow roads, areas that have light vehicle traffic, areas with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less and areas that cannot be marked with bike lanes, like the entrance to roundabouts, the city said in a press release.

"The sharrow signs and markings are intended to advise vehicle drivers to expect the presence of passing bicyclists by motorists," the city said in a press release.

"On streets and roads that do not have bike lanes, bicyclists have the right to utilize the travel lane just like motor vehicles, per the Model Traffic Code for Colorado.

"Therefore, the presence of a sharrow does not change the rules of the road, rather it serves as a reminder that cars and bicycles need to share the road."

While the roadway signage is common in other areas, the markings will be a first for Grand Junction.

Adding the signage helps the city meet one of its strategic directives as outlined it in the city's Strategic Plan.

"One of the success metrics of the directive addresses continuing to enhance the bicycle friendliness of our community," the city said.

Some areas to receive sharrows will include the entrance to the roundabout at Seventh and Main streets, West Main Street beginning at the Riverfront Trail connection and onto the Main Street Pedestrian Bridge and a few areas on the Tour of the Moon byway.

The first sharrows were installed last week along South Broadway, and crews with the city's public works department expect to install more sharrows in the coming months.

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