ADA Compliance
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: wfranke@citystaug.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: tgrant@citystaug.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

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Sharrows now a part of the Bridge of Lions

Shared lane pavement marking to promote bicycle awareness

The 85-year old Bridge of Lions has a new traffic control feature known as sharrows, shorthand for shared lane pavement markings. The double chevron and bicycle symbol (image above) will alert motorists to expect cyclists to be sharing the lane of traffic.  The installation was conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Tuesday, February 21.

Sharrows, which have been installed in Miami, Tampa and earlier this month on a section of Jacksonville's Riverside Ave., are used on narrow roadways where a full bike lane will not fit and there is not enough room for a car to pass a bicycle with the required 3-foot passing width. Such narrow lanes, as those on the Bridge of Lions, are defined in Florida law as "substandard-width lane." In such cases, it is necessary for a bicyclist to share the same lane as vehicles and ride in front of motorists, rather than beside them. (See Florida Statutes language and a link to the entire chapter below.)

FDOT does point out that bicyclists who are uncomfortable riding in traffic may continue to use the bridge's sidewalks, as long as they yield to pedestrians. “Bikes Yield To Pedestrians” signs were also added to the sidewalks alerting cyclists as they come onto the bridge.

          

The use of sharrows, according to the FDOT, is aimed at:

  • enhancing the safe travel of bicycles and motor vehicles in the same traffic lane;
  • helping position bicyclists on narrow lanes, where cars and bikes cannot travel side-by-side safely;
  • alerting motorists to where bicycles may use the full lane, as Florida law allows;
  • telling bicyclists where to safely ride and alerting motorists where to expect bicycles;
  • guiding bicyclists to a safe position next to parking lanes, outside the "door zone,” where a parked car’s opened door may hit bicyclists;
  • encouraging safe passing; and
  • reducing wrong-way bicycling.


The FDOT, along with the City of St. Augustine and the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, promotes the use of sharrows to enhance safe bicycling and to bring awareness of bicyclists’ right to ride in the road.


For more information regarding this project, please contact Gina Busscher, FDOT Public Information Director, at gina.busscher@dot.state.fl.us or Chris LeDew, FDOT Assistant District Traffic Operations Engineer, at chris.ledew@dot.state.fl.us or call 904.360.5633.

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Florida Statutes 316.2065 Bicycle regulations

   (5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked for bicycle use, as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
   1. When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
   2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
   3. When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, or substandard-width lane, that makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For the purposes of this subsection, a “substandard-width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.