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New Main St. pavement markings for bicyclists

This was meant to be posted on the City's website, but it is currently experiencing some technical difficulties:

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 contractors will be installing new pavement markings, called “sharrows” on Main Street.  Sharrows, a representation of a bicycle with two chevrons above it, are a symbol to indicate that motor vehicles and bicycles are to share the lane.  The purpose is steer bicyclists to the safer section of the road (in the center of the sharrow and away from the door zone of parked cars), and discourage bicyclists from riding on the sidewalk or against traffic.  A first Dutchess County, these sharrows are just one way Beacon is implementing strategies to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

The sharrows project is a cooperative effort between the City of Beacon, the New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy, BeaconArts, Scenic Hudson, Bike Beacon, and BeaconStreets.  It is funded entirely through a NYS Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy grant and the generous help of volunteers.  It is part of a larger project called the Beacon Loop Trail which will provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities connecting the waterfront, Fishkill Creek and Main Street.

The contractors will begin marking the pavement of one travel lane early Sunday (4/28/13) morning and last for several hours.  The reverse travel lane will be marked the following Sunday morning (weather permitting).

For more information on the sharrows project or Beacon Loop Trail, please contact Mark Wildonger, Planner, Scenic Hudson at 845.473.4440 x276 or

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Comment by Ben Royce on April 27, 2013 at 11:43am

Great stuff Mark, I'm really proud to see this happening in Beacon

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