The town’s new safety precautions for cyclists and pedestrians will include painting road symbols and changing crosswalk signals.
The public works team will be painting green shared-lane pavement symbols, also known as sharrow boxes, on roads with heavy bicycle traffic, according to a press release from the town.
“It signifies that everyone shares the road,” said Kumar Neppalli, the town’s engineering services manager.
The sharrows will guide cyclists to the safest place to ride, alert drivers to expect bicycle traffic and help cyclists avoid opening car doors.
The sharrow boxes will be painted on Church Street and Ransom Street as part of an ongoing experimental study, Neppalli said.
“I think anything we can do to create more visibility for cyclists is valuable, but, obviously, it alone is not sufficient to create a safe environment for cyclists,” Councilman Lee Storrow said.
The town will also install push-button activated flashing lights at four different locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Franklin Street.
Instead of having the crosswalk signals flashing all the time, they will now be activated by a push button at the intersection, Storrow said.