What are Sharrows?
Share lane pavement markings (or “sharrows” for short) remind cyclists and drivers to share the road. According to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle is a vehicle. This means that, as a cyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users.
What do Sharrows tell me?
The Sharrow markings help to enhance designated cycling routes by highlighting the best position for cyclists on the road.
If a street is wide enough for cyclists and drivers to safely travel side-by-side in a single lane, then sharrows are painted to direct cyclists and drivers to travel within the lane, side-by-side. If a street is narrow, “use full lane” sharrows are painted in the centre of the lane. They direct cyclists and drivers to travel single-file.
Sharrows in London
Examples of sharrow routes can be found along Dufferin Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Pond Mills Road.