Print ‘Sharrows’ add to city’s bike-friendliness
Written by Jeff Wood   
Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

Cottonwood is joining the League of American Bicyclists and other communities across the country in recognizing May as Bike Month.

Traffic rolls past, and over, the recently painted “sharrows” pavement marking on Main Street on Friday, April 27. The sharrows are meant to remind motorists of the presence of bicycles on the roadways and to designate the amount of street space needed by the cyclists for safe riding.Several events will take place to celebrate two-wheeled transportation, including a Bike Rodeo at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m; the honoring of Bike-to-Work week from Monday to Friday, May 14 to 18; a Ride of Silence at Riverfront Park on Wednesday, May 16, at 5 p.m.; and the annual Mayor/Council bike ride Friday, May 25, at 8 a.m.

While the city might not seem the easiest place to ride a bicycle, as anyone who has tried to cycle along South Main or looked for a bike rack in front of local businesses can probably attest, city staff and local cyclists are working to make getting around on two wheels easier and future Bike Months more eventful.

The city has had an official bicycle plan since 2009, with local residents and city staff advocating cycling well before then.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 2, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.