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City of SLO Seeks Input on Preferred Alternative for Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Project

Post Date:07/14/2017 8:41 AM

The City will consider three options this summer for the design of the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard, a low-stress, priority route for bicyclists and pedestrians that will connect the downtown core to Foothill Boulevard.

Identified in the City’s 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan, the project has been discussed through public outreach and analyzed extensively over the past year. The primary features of each alternative are described below. These options will be discussed at the upcoming Bicycle Advisory Committee and City Council meetings on these dates:

  • Bicycle Advisory Committee – Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • City Council Study Session – Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Those unable to attend the meetings can also find detailed project information and provide input online at www.slocity.org/opencityhall under the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Survey topic.

All three project alternatives propose traffic calming features, additional pavement markings and signage to enhance bicycle facilities and intersection crossings, as well as features that benefit the pedestrian environment and neighborhood quality, such as enhanced street lighting, sidewalk improvements, new accessible curb ramps and potential for streetscape and stormwater management elements.

The project alternatives currently proposed represent the first phase of the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Plan, which focuses on improvements north of Highway 101. In the long-term, the City supports Caltrans’ plans for the closure of the Highway 101 ramps at Broad Street, which requires additional improvements to other city interchanges prior to implementation.  In addition, the City proposes construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the highway to complete a continuous, low-stress bicycle route between Foothill Boulevard and the downtown at Monterey Street. Until the Broad Street ramp closures are implemented by Caltrans in the long-term, the bicycle boulevard will follow an interim alignment along Chorro Street, from Lincoln Street south to the downtown.

Each project alternative has unique benefits and drawbacks and will require challenging decisions to achieve a balance between improving safety and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, maintaining sufficient access for drivers, and retaining a quality neighborhood environment for residents of this area. Staff is conducting surveys of residents communitywide and those living near the proposed project area to gauge support for a preferred project alternative.

Information regarding meeting locations, times and materials will be available at www.slocity.org. Residents are also encouraged to visit the project website at www.slocity.org/opencityhall to review past meeting summaries, detailed analysis findings, and concept designs for each project alternative.

The Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard is a priority project supporting several city programs and policies, including the City’s Multimodal Transportation Major City Goal, the General Plan objective to achieve 20 percent bicycle mode share citywide, and Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic-related deaths and severe injuries for all the city’s road users by 2030.

For more information on this program please contact Transportation Planner-Engineers, Luke Schwartz at lschwartz@slocity.org or Jennifer Rice at jrice@slocity.org

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