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Traffic Talk: Oklahoma driving instructors now can give driving exams

Don Gammill: Adding instructors as examiners should help driver test crunch in Oklahoma
By DON GAMMILL, The Oklahoman Published: November 26, 2012

It just could be that we'll see improvements in the type of drivers we have on our roadways. No one should be opposed to that.

By the way ...

City streets are becoming more bike-friendly with expanded “sharrow lanes”

The first of more than 200 miles of bike routes, including shared lanes or “sharrow” bike lanes, are being installed in Oklahoma City.

The sharrows are pavement markings which, along with new signage marking the routes, remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists and convey that the street is a preferred bike route. They are different from bike lanes because they do not allocate space just for the cyclist.

Signs saying “bicycle may use full lane” will be posted along routes.

The word sharrow is a combination of the words “share” and “arrow.” The marking consists of a bicycle symbol with two arrows above.

The city's bike routes are being implemented in phases. Major streets included in the first phase include Eastern Avenue, S Villa Avenue and the Interstate 235 and Interstate 35 service roads north of NE 63. Downtown streets are also in the first phase.

“Sharrows are being installed on streets like Hefner Road and NW 19th Street that are popular with bicyclists, but are too narrow for conventional bike lanes,” said transportation planner Randall Entz. “When they are installed downtown as a part of Project 180 renovations, they will also help to keep cyclist out of the door swing zones of parked cars.”

The first phase of the project, which is funded through the 2007 GO Bond and state Transportation Department Enhancement Funds, is expected to cost $362,000 to install.

“Although we are designating bike routes and sharrow lanes, cyclists can still ride on any Oklahoma City street,” Entz added.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.