The newly resurfaced and restriped Gulfport Boulevard S now has markings with which I am unfamiliar. The icon is a double chevron pointing in the direction of traffic flow with the abstract figure of a bicyclist underneath. The icons are quite large, taking up roughly half the width of the lane. They are located in the outer (slow) lane in both directions and repeated at about 200-yard intervals. The road does not have marked bicycle lanes. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one unfamiliar with these symbols and their meaning. Please help.
These markings are known as "sharrows" and their purpose is to indicate that motorists and bicyclists should share the road. Sharrows are found on lower-speed streets and roads (those with posted speeds of 35 mph or less), often where there isn't adequate space to create dedicated bike lanes. They are also used in areas that have been identified as hazardous "door zones" adjacent to parking lanes, placing cyclists at risk to encounter a car door being opened into them. Streets or roads with sharrows usually have signs posted that read "Bicycles May Use Full Lane." Read more about sharrows and other bicycle facilities found throughout Florida on the state Department of Transportation website at http://bit.ly/1MuH8EO
Construction plans for Pass-A-Grille Way in the next three weeks involve coordination among several players including the city of St. Pete Beach, Pinellas County, and utilities including Duke Energy, Verizon, Bright House, and others. The goal of the next phase of work is to complete the installation of water pipes between West Maritana and Cabrillo and the installation of utility pipes down side streets. Work will involve demolition and removal of curbing and sidewalks on 30th Avenue and 26th Avenue in the coming months.
The city is posting regular updates regarding the project on its website: www.stpetebeach.org. Click on the "Pass-a-Grille Way Reconstruction Project" link for more details.
• In Dunedin, roads will be closed this afternoon for the annual Pipe Band Parade through the streets of downtown. Closures will be in effect from 5 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. on Main Street from Broadway to Milwaukee Avenue; Louden Avenue from Wood Street to Main Street; and Broadway from Main Street to Scotland Street.
The parade officially steps off at 6:30 p.m. from the Sheriff's Office parking lot on Louden Avenue, traveling north to Main Street, west to Broadway, south to Scotland Street, then loops back. Officials anticipate traffic delays and congestion related to the event, which is part of this weekend's Dunedin Highland Games and Festival.
• Another event in Dunedin this weekend, the Suncoast Brotherhood Chili Cook-Off, will close Douglas Avenue from San Christopher Drive (Wilson Lane) to San Juan Lane on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
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