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Ojai Planners Go Bike-friendly

By Mary M. Long

Ojai’s Planning Commis-sion took steps Wednesday evening to enhance Ojai’s attractiveness as a people-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, historic city. Sharrows, a coined term which combines the words “share” and “arrow” were approved for Grand Avenue. A sharrow is an international biking sign which, when painted on streets, works to remind the driver that the roadway is to be used equitably by both cars and cyclists. The commission’s decision was based on what they felt was the most practical and economic solution to the ongoing bicycle safety problems on Grand Avenue.
One sharrow will be painted just past each intersection and on intervals of at least 250 feet from Signal Street on the west to Orange Road on the east, a total of 60 sharrows plus five “Share the Road” signs. The commission hopes that the county may pick up the thread and continue the sharrows farther east on Grand.
Suza Francina, former mayor and chair of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Transportation Commit-tee, was reached for comment after the meeting and expressed her approval at the commission’s actions. “I’ve been working on this for 15 years and I’m happy to see that this will finally become a reality,” she said. This implementation of sharrows follows the lead of many other cities, such as Long Beach and Santa Cruz, but is just part of the long-term vision to make Ojai’s streets equally safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. More than 10 years ago the City Council

Ojai’s Planning Commis-sion took steps Wednesday evening to enhance Ojai’s attractiveness as a people-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, historic city. Sharrows, a coined term which combines the words “share” and “arrow” were approved for Grand Avenue. A sharrow is an international biking sign which, when painted on streets, works to remind the driver that the roadway is to be used equitably by both cars and cyclists. The commission’s decision was based on what they felt was the most practical and economic solution to the ongoing

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