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X013 <br /> I865 <br /> CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br /> PETE BUTTIGIEG,MAYOR <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> CONTACT: <br /> Kara Kelly, (574) 235-5853 <br /> kkelly <br /> FOR RELEASE: Monday, May 6, 2013 <br /> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG DEDICATES SHARED LANE MARKINGS <br /> Mayor Pete Buttigieg will dedicate South Bend's first shared lane markings at 2 p.m. Tuesday, <br /> May 7 on Colfax Avenue, near the intersection of Colfax and Lafayette Boulevard. The Mayor <br /> will also proclaim May as "Bike Month." <br /> Shared lane markings, popularly known as "sharrows," are pavement <br /> markings consisting of a chevron above a bike symbol. These markings <br /> assist bicyclists to properly position themselves to safely share the travel _ <br /> lane with automobiles, especially to reduce the chance of hitting the open <br /> door of a parked vehicle. The shared lane markings also clearly indicate to <br /> bicyclists and motorists that they are traveling along a designated bicycle <br /> route. - <br /> "The installation of sharrows mark another step forward in South Bend's <br /> identity as a bicycle friendly city," said Mayor Buttigieg. "The City continues to support bicycle <br /> improvements that provide an environmentally sensitive commuting option, a recreational <br /> amenity, and an economic development driver, as businesses and citizens increasingly seek <br /> places with a strong bicycle infrastructure." <br /> The City of South Bend plans to install shared lane markings this year along at least the <br /> following two streets: <br /> • Colfax Avenue (from Lafayette Boulevard to LaPorte Avenue) <br /> • Twyckenham Drive (from Wall Street to Hildreth Street) <br /> The shared lane markings will bridge gaps between dedicated bicycle lanes on both of the streets, <br /> two of South Bend's most popular bicycle routes. <br /> "The Bike Michiana Coalition is thrilled to see that the City of South Bend remains a bicycle <br /> planning leader with the installation of shared lane markings," said Judy Lee, President of the <br /> Bike Michiana Coalition. "Not only do the markings enhance the safety and comfort of cyclists, <br />