How do you want your Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard?
***UPDATE: Summary of 8/15/17 City Council Study Session, including description of recommended alternatives to be carried forward available HERE. Community Meeting #4 planned for fall of 2017***
About the Project
City Transportation Staff is kicking off planning efforts for the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard. As identified in the 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan, the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard is intended to provide a safe, convenient through route serving bicyclists and pedestrians between the downtown core and Foothill Blvd. The plan will look at the Broad Street corridor from Foothill Blvd. to Monterey Street, including the concept of a future bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing of Highway 101.
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What is a Bicycle Boulevard?
A “bicycle boulevard” is shared roadway facility that creates an attractive, convenient, and comfortable bicycling environment that is welcoming to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. The low-speed, low-traffic environment created by bicycle boulevards is not only attractive to bicyclists, but also to pedestrians. Bicycle boulevards are designated and designed to shift priority from vehicles to bicycles.
Bicycle boulevards can be designed at different levels depending on the context of the street, community goals, and the desired effects of the boulevard. The levels could range from basic treatments, such as simple striping and signage, to more significant design elements, such as diverters, closures, bike signals and other intersection enhancements to reduce vehicle speeds/volumes and improve the safety and comfort of the bicycling environment. Many of the treatments associated with bicycle boulevards not only benefit people on bicycles, but also help create and maintain “quiet” streets that benefit residents and improve safety for all road users. There are also drawbacks associated with the level of design, basic treatments are not as affective at achieving the desired priority shift to bicycles and more significant treatments can impact the ease of vehicle access to the properties along the boulevard.
Below are examples of various types of Bicycle Boulevard Treatments.
The SLO Bicycle Boulevard Network
If you walk, bike, or drive around San Luis Obispo, you’ve probably noticed the City’s first bicycle boulevard, The Bill Roalman Bicycle Boulevard on Morro Street, which was completed in October 2009 and extends over one half mile from Marsh Street to Santa Barbara Avenue. This bike boulevard includes three diverters and is an excellent example of a bicycle boulevard with more significant treatments. The City’s 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan (BTP) includes additional projects which will create nearly six more miles of bicycle boulevards, including the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard. Click here to review the City’s BTP. Click here for an interactive map showing the existing and planned citywide bicycle network.
How Can I Participate in the Planning Process?
The City of San Luis Obispo appreciates input from its residents and wants to hear your thoughts on the proposed project. The City will be soliciting input from stakeholders throughoug the course of the project and will post updates and other project documents on this page throughout the planning process, which is anticipated to take place through 2017.
Initial community meetings were held in March and June 2016 to introduct the project and understand the community goals, concerns and vision for the bicycle boulevard. Additional public meetings will be scheduled throughout the planning process. Upcoming Project Meetings:
Meeting summaries and other relevant project documents will be posted here as we progress through the project planning process:
- Community Meeting #1 (Project Kick Off) Summary and Presentation Slides
- Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Design Guidelines
- Community Meeting #2 (Design Charrette) Summary and Presentation Slides
- Existing Conditions Summary Maps
- Community Meeting #3 (Concept Alternatives Presentation) Summary and Presentation Slides
- Project Alternatives Fact Sheets
Concept Alternatives Screening Report (Updated 6/12/17; Includes Attachments)
- Attachment 1 - Alternatives Screening Summary Matrix
- Attachment 2 - Alternative 1 Plan Drawings
- Attachment 3 - Alternative 2 Plan Drawings
- Attachment 4 - Alternative 3 Plan Drawings
- Attachment 5 - Broad to Foothill Connection (Option A)
- Attachment 6 - Broad to Foothill Connection (Option B)
- Attachment 7 - Street Lighting Recommendations
- Attachment 8 - Concept Alternatives Traffic Volumes
- Alternatives Survey Results and Feedback (8/1/17)
- City Council Study Session (8/15/17) Summary and Presentation Slides
Please click the “Add Your Statement” button below to use our online forum to share any feelings you have on this project and to help maintain an ongoing dialogue on the subject. Thank you for your participation!
For more information on the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Plan, contact Project Managers Jennifer Rice or Luke Schwartz: