City officials unfurled a new sign Wednesday to help improve safety for motorists and cyclists on Lawrence streets.
The city's first ``Share the Road'' sign, installed along the east side of Tennessee Street just south of Sixth Street, will serve as a visible reminder that bicycles are a viable form of transportation in town.
``We're just simply trying to remind people that bicycles are common in this town, and will continue to be,'' City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
About 7,000 vehicles a day will drive past the sign, the first of 70 the city plans to install this summer and fall along major streets popular for use by cyclists. Possibilities for other signs include sites along Haskell Avenue, Wakarusa Drive and Kentucky, Massachusetts, 15th and Connecticut streets.
The Lawrence City Commission endorsed the signs, which were recommended by the city's own Bicycle Advisory Committee as an informational and educational tool. The city reviewed similar signs in Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, Missouri and Nevada before settling on the design.
``We hope that it will make the motorists aware that they may encounter bicyclists, and that they should be courteous and share the road,'' said David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer.
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