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Some San Luis Obispo pedestrian signals to be touch-free

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Posted at 1:47 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 22:01:45-04

Signals for pedestrians and bicyclists at some San Luis Obispo intersections will soon be touch-free.

The change is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to City officials.

Twenty locations with "high pedestrian activity" will see the new automatic walk cycles along with new signage.

The City says instead of having to touch buttons, pedestrians can now just wait for the signal to appear on its own.

Audible indicators for those needing them will also be touch-free.

"This is an innovative approach, implemented at almost no cost, that protects pedestrians and helps slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community," said Adam Fukushima, active transportation manager for the City of San Luis Obispo.

Temporary signs have already gone up.

The City says the change to touch-free signals has been successful in other cities across the nation, including in Oakland and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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