After my first column ran last month, I received a question from a reader: “There’s a sharrow painted on my street; what is it? Does it mean my entire street is now a bike lane?”
A sharrow on the roadway is an acknowledgment by the responsible agency (city, county, etc.) that the road is too narrow to allow a motor vehicle to pass a cyclist safely within the same lane. It is a recent invention that takes some getting used to – like a new emoji.