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Sharrows painted in Tumon

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - If you've driven through Tumon or parts of Upper Tumon and Tamuning you may have seen some new signage on the road.

There's new rules of the road we all need to be mindful of. "We're going to be painting a symbol on the asphalt travel lane and its called a sharrows," said Public Works director Carl Dominguez. He said sharrows is combination of the word share and arrows. "And shared because the travel lane is going to be shared by motorists and bicyclists and this is covered by the Safe Bicycle Act of 2012," he said.

The sharrows are phase one  of the Guam Safe Cycling initiative an effort steered by i-Bike which is a committee under the Guam Cycling Federation.  iBike chairperson Tom Renfro, "We started to approach the different political people about getting bike lanes, bike paths and sharrows and we created a bike route and this is phase one of the bike route from Micro Mall all the way to the hospital circle and there are 85 sharrows on the right lane mostly in Tumon. But some on Marine Drive and basically the sharrow means that bikes have the same rights and responsibilities as cars on the road and we just want to remind all the motorists that when they come up to a bicyclists just give them a couple of feet of room and if the bicyclists is going to slow the bicyclists need to move to the sidewalk and as far right as possible."

Phase two includes bike land and bike paths in future infrastructure planning, specifically a stand alone bike route on the ocean side of Marine Corps Drive from Adelup to Alupang Beach Tower. For now the important thing to remember. "We will start an educational program and we will hopefully inform everybody on what to do if they encounter a bike on the road if you're an driver or what should a bicyclists do if they're going 20 miles per hour they should be in the right lane if they're going 10-15 miles per hour they should be on the sidewalk and the sharrow mean share the road," he said.

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