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New traffic signals for bicyclists coming to San Luis Obispo

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New bike signals are coming to intersections in San Luis Obispo to make crossing safer for bicyclists.

As the city works to be more pedestrian and bike friendly, traffic lights for those who ride their bikes are going up around town.

“I love the independent bicycle lights because it’s really the only way that I feel comfortable taking a whole family through an intersection,” said Jon Hancock, bike rider.

The bike signals are similar to traffic signals.

A few are already installed at various intersections around the city, like Foothill and California and Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101.

“Bike signals basically give bikes a dedicated protected movement across a signalized intersection,” said Jake Hudson, Transportation Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo.

Before the bike signals turn green, all traffic lights for cars turn red, forcing drivers to stop and allowing bicyclists to cross in any direction they desire, even diagonally.

“Being able to clear the intersection of cars and move through whatever direction we need to is invaluable,” Hancock added.

The following intersections will be getting similar bike lights:

  • Foothill & Ferrini
  • Higuera & Prado
  • Los Osos Valley Road & Dalidio
  • Los Osos Valley Road & Froom Ranch
  • Madonna Road between Oceanaire & Dalidio

“In all of the instances where we’ve implemented these, we’ve seen a reduction in bicycle collisions,” Hudson said.

“Definitely it will make me feel safer because it just like lets me know that I am good to go, like 100 percent,” said James Yates, bicyclist.

The intersections that are getting the bike signals were chosen because they are highly used by bicyclists and need a higher level of protection.

The bike signals will be paid for in various ways, some with grant funding, others through the general fund and a few by developers.

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