Sharrow will become a new word for West Allis motorists soon, as the painted symbols will start appearing on city streets in the eastern part of the city to make bicycling safer.
The West Allis Common Council gave its blessings Tuesday to using $20,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money to paint sharrows on selected roads such as 60th and 76th streets.
The sharrows will feature a figure of a bicyclist with arrows painted above the cyclist's head. Real bicyclists are to ride where the arrows are.
The sharrows are meant to improve bicycle safety in several ways. One is because they remind motorists that bicyclists have a right to the road. Another is by routing bicyclists farther into the street so they are away from parked cars and not in danger of being thrown off their bikes by car doors opening unexpectedly.
Sharrows are in use all over the country. Milwaukee is starting to put them in and Madison has many of them.
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