Monday, December 27, 2010

Sharrows for Princeton Borough and Township

We've been working hard all summer and through the fall to introduce the concept of sharrows in the Princeton community (as volunteer committee members, this means working in our spare time in the evenings and on the weekends, which is why it's been such a long time since we've posted).

In sum, sharrows is a shared lane marking that looks like the image below.  It's a traffic control device to assist motorists and bicyclists to share the road safely.  It was included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a publication of all traffic standards produced by the US Department of Transportation.

The articles below summarize the presentations made to the Princeton Borough Council and Township Committee.  Please feel free to reach out to your Council or Committee member to advocate sharrows!  A copy of the report and letter to the Princetons' municipal governments, along with a map of where sharrows may be implemented.  Cheers!

Dec 8, 2010 Daily Princetonian article
Dec 15, 2010, Town Topics Article
Dec 22, 2010, Town Topics Article (second half of the article following Bernie Miller's retirement).


  1. To view Yan's presentation on Princeton Community TV, go to
    the URL below and left-click your mouse at the 20:50 mark,
    where the 14-minute slideshow begins, with 13 minutes of
    additional comments and question/answer beyond that.

  2. As much as the sharrows are great in helping people to see that biking is great too... they are much to small. Of course people have always had to share roads, yet drivers don't respect this.It would be amazing if they were a bit wider to provide more safety, any car that might be going to fast or not see you that well could become dangerous. So its great there is this "be green be seen ride", maybe there will be an even bigger change.
    In some places , like Montreal Canada, its very peaceful, safe and fun how bicycles have their own roads. They are separated by a sort of curb, i think that would be great to have here in Princeton!