So, if the rules are the same, what are the benefits? What's the point?
Not all bicyclists behave properly around motor vehicles, and not all motorists behave properly around bicyclists. Experimental use of Sharrows in other communities has show both bicyclists' and motorists' behavior improved after the installation of the markings.

The markings encouraged bicyclists to ride farther away from parked cars (outside of the "door zone"), to follow a more predictable path (reduced weaving around parked cars), and to ride with the flow of traffic (reduced wrong-way riding). For motorists, the markings increased their awareness that bicyclists may be present and led to more careful passing of bicyclists. The presence of the markings also led to a reduction of bicycle riding on sidewalks.

In the City of Ithaca, bicyclists may not ride on sidewalks or other areas intended for pedestrian-only use. Exceptions: In the City of Ithaca, children age 10 and under, and anyone who, because of a disability, uses a bicycle as a means of mobility may ride on sidewalks.

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1. What are shared lane markings?
2. Are the rules different in locations with Sharrows?
3. So, if the rules are the same, what are the benefits? What's the point?
4. As a motorist, how should I drive on streets with Sharrows?
5. As a bicyclist, must I ride over the Sharrows?
6. Where is the City of Ithaca going to install the Sharrows?
7. Why not just install standard bike lanes?
8. How can I learn more about this experiment with Sharrows?