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Jean Reno inside Neighborhood 7 December 11, 2017, 2:12 PM
No, please don't do this! There are many people who can't or won't ever ride a bicycle in San Luis Obispo. Please stop trying to get residents to stop driving cars. It isn't feasible for many, many people.
Ellie Washington inside Neighborhood 10 December 11, 2017, 2:04 PM
Thank you SLO City Council for supporting safer bicycle routes within our city! We are a one-car household and utilize city bike lanes daily. The more residents who bike, the more everyone benefits - less traffic, less pollution, less impacts to our roads and healthier lives. We live on the other side of Broad Street, on Rockview Place (near Stoneridge), and need safer bicycle lane enhancements to that portion of Broad as well. Thank you for all your efforts to encourage a safe bike commuting city!
Mike Bennett inside Neighborhood 6 December 11, 2017, 1:56 PM
Roadways are in the Public Domain, they can and must evolve to serve the changing needs of the whole community:
Within the last six months, two SLO County residents have been struck and killed by cars while riding their bicycles. They were both riding in accordance with the vehicle code and they had the same right to use a public road for transportation as any other citizen who might be walking, driving or riding a bike or horse.
The SLO City Council is in the process of gradually improving the safety of residents who utilize bicycles for transportation and recreation. They are not alone in this effort. The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and other local City governments, including those of Morro Bay and Paso Robles, are actively working to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians throughout the County. This is an ongoing and very gradual process, working within the limitations of available resources. It is meant to have a positive long-term effect on traffic congestion, air quality and public health.
Currently the SLO City Council is focusing on improving the safety of people who travel by bicycle along the corridor between downtown and the neighborhoods along Foothill Blvd and in the vicinity of Bishop’s Peak. The Council has been soliciting input from City residents; the process is ongoing and no decision on a final course of action has been reached.
There are currently two draft options being considered for implementation. The options utilize portions of Chorro Street, Mission Lane, and Broad Street and in the case of Option Two, Lincoln Street. Neither of the proposed options have a net negative effect on the flow of car and truck traffic through the area. In fact, Option One has the potential to improve traffic flow through this region of the city by removing bicycles from vehicle travel lanes.
In the Marine Corps, where I spent 24 years on active duty, we refer to roads as Lines of Communication (LOCs.) The function of an LOC in the military is primarily to move forces and supplies. In the civilian world, LOC’s functions are to facilitate personal travel and commerce. Improving the safety of people who choose to use bicycles for travel along the Broad/Chorro corridor will do just that while also encouraging more City residents to choose to utilize multi-modal transportation options.
The protected bike lanes proposed in Option One would improve travel for cars and bicycles alike through this area, by removing cyclists from the vehicle travel lanes where they currently are traveling. Cars and bicycles along most of the proposed route would not need to be as concerned about avoiding each other because they would be physically separated.
Not only will the proposed project make car drivers and bicycle riders safer and more comfortable (and I’d like to point out that the vast majority of bicycle riders are also car or truck owners; my wife and I have a truck, an RV and a car) the proposed changes will also likely have a long term increase in property values. Similar improvements have been implemented across the State and Country and have increased property values throughout the effected communities because they make the communities more desirable places to live.
Though the proposal appears to be a win for people travelling by car and by bike, there is some opposition to the project. It stems from the potential reduction in on-street parking availability along a portion of the route. Yes, implementation of Option One would require a change in the habits of neighborhood residents who currently choose to store their privately owned vehicles (POVs) on public property. They would have to store their POVs on their own property or on property that they rent.
Roadways are public property. They are in the public domain and their benefits are to be shared by all members of the community and by people travelling through the community. Making public streets safer for all users allows more people to safely pursue healthy, active lifestyles while simultaneously reducing impacts on our air quality and our already congested roadways.
The Bishop’s Peak student who wants to ride a bike across town to school should be able to do so safely. The Cal Poly student whose only means of transportation is a bicycle and who needs to get to a job downtown at night, should be able to do so safely. The retired Marine who wants to ride from his office over to Cerro San Luis to go for a mountain bike ride with friends after work should be able to do so safely. The parent who wants to go for a morning bike ride with their children over to SLODOCO for breakfast should be able to do so safely. And, the cycle-tourists who are attracted to this wonderful place we call the Central Coast should be able to enjoy it safely.
In the proposed Bike Blvd., we have an opportunity to gradually improve the safety of our transportation infrastructure while adapting to our growing population, our changing climate and the changing lifestyles of current and future generations.
The members of Bike SLO County who reside throughout San Luis Obispo City and County support the City Council in their effort to provide transportation options which help make our community safer, cleaner and healthier now and in the uncertain future.
LtCol USMC, Retired
Executive Director Bike SLO County
Michael Sherman inside Neighborhood 1 December 11, 2017, 1:02 PM
As a home owner/resident of the Anholm Tract, I would like to state my case against the Broad Street Bike Blvd. Although I like the idea of safe walking and bike routes, I do not feel the current plan will work for our neighborhood. For the past 50 years, Broad and Lincoln Streets were never meant to be major thoroughfares across town. Chorro St. was built to handle some cross town traffic, but currently seems to be traveled at max capacity. The existing plan will not only further restrict traffic flow on Chorro St by creating a 1 way, but will also increase traffic through Broad St and Lincoln St. Even if Chorro St was intended to be a major thoroughfare, Broad St and Lincoln St certainly were not. Secondly, the residents of Chorro St, who will have their street parking removed, will also have the added inconvenience of finding parking. Our neighborhood already has an issue with parking, as does the whole of San Luis Obispo. The best plan, which has been an option all along and many cyclists currently use, is to direct bicyclist down Lincoln St and across Mission St to Broad St. Let's leave the situation as it is, with minimal signage, so as not to pollute the visual aesthetics of this designated historic neighborhood. Thank you.
Hella Heatherton inside Neighborhood 1 December 11, 2017, 12:44 PM
Please do not make Broadstreet a bikes only road since it is a very important freeway access road for people living on the north side of town. We cannot afford to lose all the street parking either. With a little extra courtesy, we can all share the road. Our city council is making a lot of bad decisions, i.e. the building on the corner of Choro and foothill.
Rod Burke inside Neighborhood 8 December 11, 2017, 11:20 AM
I do not support the proposed special bike route. Parking is already difficult to find even in some of our parking structures, especially on weekends. The money it would cost for the bike route proposal should be used for more important needs of our city.
Name not shown outside Neighborhoods December 11, 2017, 11:13 AM
I am extremely disappointed that city leaders are willing to negate the voices of people living in these neighborhoods and willing to spend money on a plan that benefits so few. It is frustrating and shocking that more consideration is not being given to pedestrians, and most importantly to the people in these neighborhoods whom will be negatively impacted, and instead focusing on a small group of cyclists that will benefit from this whimsical plan. Homeowners, drivers trying to get across town, pedestrians, emergency and delivery vehicles, pets and small children in these neighborhoods, all of these groups will be negatively impacted by this proposed bike boulevard. The statistical data presented to support this logistical nightmare of a plan does not call for such drastic measures just so that a few hundred cyclists will benefit. There are no major cycling accidents occurring in our neighborhoods, if anything the city should be concerned about pedestrian safety as there are more pedestrians than cyclists. To move forward with this plan when the people of the neighborhoods impacted have voiced clearly against this plan is shameful. People need access to get across town in their vehicles, sorry, it is sadly a fact that people need vehicles to either perform their jobs or get to their jobs. Access to our jobs is the way that we can afford to live in these lovely neighborhoods that the city is trying to unsettle.
Paul Marchbanks outside Neighborhoods December 11, 2017, 10:40 AM
I support the creation of a safe bike path from Foothill through downtown, as all of my family would benefit. We are a one-car family that relies heavily on bikes to get around town. The creation of such a route would also encourage other families to adopt a greener, healthier lifestyle. Dr. Paul Marchbanks, Professor of English at Cal Poly
Name not shown inside Neighborhood 11 December 11, 2017, 10:35 AM
My 15 year old daughter was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in San Luis Obispo.. The event was emotionally devastating for our whole family, not to mention the $20,000 hospital bill. Furthermore, our daughter has recovered, has no recollection of the event due to concussions and continues to want to ride in SLO My husband and I will not let her ride her bike in SLO because it is too dangerous for cyclists. . We have heard from many other parents who feel the same. .
I have been looking at the streets in SLO and when both sides of the street are filled with parking, there is no place to safely ride a bike. I believe limiting parking on the street is the only way to provide enough room for bikes to travel safely. I was upset with the opinion in The Tribune by the city planner who warned " this will happen in your neighborhood next." We have to prioritize keeping our citizens safe over the private individuals right to park in front of his house. I do believe more people will ride bikes when the streets are safer. For those of us who have experienced the dangers of currently riding, it is already too late.
Chris Black inside Neighborhood 5 December 11, 2017, 10:30 AM
This is something that is badly needed.Traffic and traffic safety was one of the reasons I moved out of the Foothill/Tassajara area two years ago. Broad Street was my "go to" route when heading downtown on my bicycle. While the street may have been adequate when it was first designed, it is now used as an arterial roadway by motorists. There simply is not enough room for motor vehicle and bicycle traffic when you add parked cars on both sides of the street. I am an avid cyclist (I ride over 10,000 miles a year) and have the skill to deal with the traffic but most people do not. This discourages bicycle use and puts people in cars. Giving people safe routes to ride through town will increase the use of the bicycle as a primary mode of transportation and reduce the number of motor vehicles traveling on our streets; making it safer for everyone.