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Rendering of Future Chorro Street Protected Bikeway
Rendering of Future Chorro Street Protected Bikeway

On September 4, 2018, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved the Final Amended Anholm Bikeway Plan (previously referred to as the "Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard"), including specific recommendations for the "middle segment" of the corridor between Lincoln Street and Ramona Drive.  The Final Plan document is available here: 

Final Anholm Bikeway Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What route does the Anholm Bikeway corridor follow and what bicycle improvements are planned:

A: The final route connects Downtown SLO near Mission Plaza north to Foothill Boulevard, providing a vital connection for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and ability levels to the elementary schools, neighborhoods, shopping and activities on the north side of town. The route alignment and primary bikeway improvements are summarized in the map below. Click here to view an enlarged version of the map.

Anholm Bikeway Project Summary Map

Q: Does this project only benefit cyclists?

A: While the project title and much of the community dialogue during development of the Plan has focused on the bicycle features of the project, the Anholm Bikeway Plan includes many features intended to improve safety and accessibility of the pedestrian environment, while continuing to accommodate motor vehicle traffic flows. Planned pedestrian improvements include:

  • New ADA-compliant curb ramps where needed at each intersection along the designated route
  • Enhanced signage and markings to improve visibility of pedestrian crossings
  • New streetlights along the designated route to improve nighttime visibility and safety for all road users
  • Gateway enhancements at the Highway 101/Chorro Street undercrossing, including new safety lighting and public art installations
  • Elimination of sidewalk gaps along the west side of Broad Street
  • Corner bulbouts proposed at Broad/Ramona/Meinecke, Chorro/Peach and Chorro/Walnut, as well as other intersections along designated route as funding allows

Overall, the majority (approximately 68%) of total project costs are related to improvements that benefit the pedestrian environment.

Q: How much does the project cost, and what is the expected schedule for implementation?

A: Chapter 5 of the Final Plan discusses the estimated costs and proposed phasing of project improvements. Improvements are planned to be implemented in 3 phases:

  • Phase 1 (2019) - Safe Routes to School Linkage at North End of Corridor (≈$996,000)
    • Multiuse Bicycle/Pedestrian Path through LDS Church Field (Ramona to Foothill)
    • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (aka HAWK Signal) Crossing at Foothill/Ferrini
    • Two-way Protected Bikeway on Ramona Drive (Multiuse Path to Broad)
  • Phase 2 (2019-22) - Primary Bikeway Features between Downtown and Ramona (≈$475,000)
    • Highway 101/Chorro Street Undercrossing Lighting & Gateway Enhancements
    • Chorro Protected Bike Lanes (Downtown to Mission) - Interim Installation
    • Broad SB Protected Bike Lane (Mission to Ramona) - Interim Installation
    • Bikeway Route Signage and Markings
    • ADA curb ramps at priority locations where funding allows
  • Phase 3 (2020 and Beyond) -  Incremental Installation of Permanent Bikeway Protection and Higher-Cost Civil Improvements*
    • Permanent corner bulbouts and ADA curb ramps not funded in Phase 1-2
    • New sidewalk installations
    • Permanent installation of protected bikeway separation

*Phase 1 improvements are currently funded through the adopted FY2017-19 Financial Plan. Funding for Phase 2 will be requested as part of the FY2019-21 Financial Plan. Funding for Phase 3 improvements will be requested incrementally based on availability of future grant opportunities, CIP funds and potential public-private partnerships.

Q: Are the proposed bikeway improvements permanent?

A:The Final Anholm Bikeway Plan recommends that the Phase 2 protected bikeway improvements along Chorro and Broad Streets be implemented using interim/temporary materials that allow for testing and refinement prior to either permanent installation or potential removal in future years, if decided by the City Council. The Plan includes a recommended performance monitoring program, which includes studies of bicycle and pedestrian counts, traffic volumes, street parking usage and collision trends both before Phase 2 installation, and at 12 and 24 months after installation.

Q: How does the project affect on-street parking?

A: To provide width for dedicated bike lanes, the Plan recommends removal of some on-street (public) parking as follows:

  • Ramona between the Multiuse Path and Broad -- 17 spaces removed on north side (36% reduction in street parking on this segment)
    • Current Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 91%
    • Projected Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 100% (deficit of 13 spaces)
  • Chorro between Lincoln and Mission -- 41 spaces removed on west side (50% reduction in street parking on this segment)
    • Current Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 35%
    • Projected Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 70%
  • Broad between Mission and Ramona -- 15 spaces removed on west side (31% reduction in street parking on this segment)
    • ​​​​​​​Current Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 66%
    • Projected Peak On-Street Parking Occupancy -- 97%

Chapter 3 of the Plan document provides a detailed summary of the parking analysis conducted for the project. This analysis indicates that on-street parking will generally be available during off-peak times. During times of peak demand, street parking is typically available within one or two blocks (a 1-4 minute walk).  These findings conservatively assume no drivers shift from parking on-street to private driveways (40% of residential driveways were observed to be vacant during peak periods along streets where street parking removal is proposed).  

Accessible On-Street Parking Needs -- While not a legal requirement under current Federal/State policy, the City is dedicated to working with residents with accessibility needs who are affected by loss of street parking. The City will endeavor to install ADA accessible on-street parking stalls along the Anholm Bikeway route by request on a case-by-case basis.

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For more information on the Anholm Bikeway Plan, contact City Staff:

Adam Fukushima                                            Luke Schwartz

Active Transportation Manager                      Transportation Planner/Engineer

(805) 781-7590                                               (805) 781-7190