Cycling Claremont: The Sharrows of Scottsbluff and Radcliffe
You may recall from a January post that preliminary markings (two parallel dashed lines on each side of the street), had all the appearance of typical door-zone bike lanes. Obviously that was changed at some point, resulting in what you see - a parking lane stripe, and sharrow symbols.
The interesting thing about them is that the two streets were among those scheduled for speed limit increases, if you recall, due to the 85th percentile rule. I leave it up to you to decide how much of the design was for the benefit of bicyclists, and how much was intended to help contain the speeds of passing motorists. Why yes, you are correct, lower speeds do benefit cyclists. So maybe it isn't a case of all of one, and none of the other. Maybe, and even if the original intent was to prevent the necessity of raising speeds, that goal itself increases our safety. Do you feel like you have become an unwitting part in a social experiment yet?
I am still waiting for the first driver to yell at me to move my a** into the bike lane, as they mis-interpret the white stripe. There is another street in town with a similar parking lane - Berkeley - though it does not have sharrow markings. All things being equal, it should. A "gracious" driver once did "suggest" I use the bike lane there, not realizing that "bike lane" stripe marks out the space for parked vehicles, and not a space for bicyclists. It seems to me that if we are going to mark one street or, in this case, two streets in such a manner it needs to be done consistently throughout the city, otherwise it simply generates confusion.