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Bike lane being added to portion of Higuera Street downtown SLO

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Aug 18, 2020

One lane of Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo is being converted into a bike lane.

It's part of the City's new “Open SLO” program.

City transportation manager Luke Schwartz says they're hoping to slow down traffic now that local restaurants have set up on the sidewalks and streets.

He says city leaders are looking at ways to re-purpose public spaces for people to travel safely and socially distance.

“They have an opportunity to get here on a bike safely, park, walk to their favorite restaurant, socially distance and, you know, have a meal outside,” Schwartz said.

San Luis Obispo's long-term goal is to create wider sidewalks, more outdoor dining space, artwork, and bike facilities.

The addition of a bike lane to Higuera Street between Santa Rosa and Nipomo streets is meant to be a quick and relatively inexpensive way to test out new transportation options.