On Saturday, Sept. 25, city crews will begin to install 159 bicycle sharrow pavement markings, 17 "Share The Road" and 133 Bike Route signs in the downtown and Northland areas and on Lockbourne Road on the South Side.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, city crews will begin to install 159 bicycle sharrow pavement markings, 17 "Share The Road" and 133 Bike Route signs in the downtown and Northland areas and on Lockbourne Road on the South Side.

The three projects totaling $195,000 are part of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2008.

Most of the work will be completed by the end of October.

"We continue to invest in our Bicentennial Bikeways Plan so bicyclists and motorists can share the road safely and legally," Coleman said in a statement. "These sharrows and signs are the next step in making Columbus the most bike friendly city in the nation."

The Olentangy-Alum Creek Bike Connector will link the Alum Creek Bike Trail near Cooper Road and Rainier Avenue in northeast Columbus to the Scioto-Olentangy Greenways Trail at the Broadmeadows pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Olentangy River.

The connector will go on streets and bike trails through the Northland area and north Columbus west of I-71 near the Worthington border.

"These sharrows are visible reminders that cars and bicycles have the same right to a lane of traffic," said councilman Hearcel F. Craig, chair of the Public Service and Transportation Committee.

"Sharrows underscore City Council's commitment to encouraging the use of energy efficient and healthy alternative forms of transportation."

Sharrows will be placed on Lincoln Avenue between Sinclair Road and Foster Avenue and Ponderosa Drive between Rainier Avenue and East Dublin Granville Road in 2011.

Lincoln Avenue and Ponderosa Drive are being considered for possible resurfacing in the spring.

The city of Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation collaborated in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010 to install 188 sharrows and 54 Share The Road signs on a 6.5-mile stretch of North High Street between Nationwide Boulevard and Morse Road.

The project was funded through a $200,000 ODOT grant