SLO Council to consider bike safety upgrades from downtown to Foothill Boulevard

SLO Traffic and bike safety upgrades

The San Luis Obispo City Council will consider three design options Aug. 15 for the Broad Street “Bicycle Boulevard” to make the cycling and walking route between downtown and Foothill Boulevard safer and more “low stress.”

More than 300 cyclists use the route each day, traveling between the downtown core and Cal Poly or to two elementary schools on the north end of town, said Luke Schwartz, a city transportation planner.

One option includes raised traffic diverters that redirect neighborhood traffic on sections of Broad, sending through traffic to thoroughfares such as Chorro and Santa Rosa streets. Another option includes Chorro and Broad reconfigurations with separated bike lanes. A third option emphasizes speed cushions.

The proposed choices include other safety measures such as pavement markings, street lighting, sidewalk improvements and curb ramps.

The options are available for review at

The public is invited to give input at the meeting or on the city’s online forum at

The expected cost for the upgrades in the initial phase of the upgrades is about $100,000.

The city also plans future improvements such as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Highway 101 to connect a route between Foothill Boulevard and downtown at Monterey Street.

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