I’ve been bicycling in San Luis Obispo for about 12 years, and bicycling as a mode of transportation for about 20.
When I was younger, I relished the thrill of riding in traffic and showing cars that I had the same rights they did.
Now that I’m (relatively!) old, I no longer feel that way. Bicycles still have the same rights as cars, yes, but I find that I value my safety more than I did before, and I realize that separated bicycle lanes make it possible for a significantly larger fraction of our population to ride safely and comfortably, focusing on getting from place to place, rather than forcing them to challenge automotive traffic to make their daily commute.
I’m therefore delighted to see the careful and thorough planning that the city’s planning board has done on the Anholm Bikeway; I think the preferred plan is the only one that will substantially increase the city’s bicycle traffic, and I earnestly hope it’s the one that the people choose.
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To be honest: I’ve looked at the pictures, and I can’t wait to ride it!
John Clements, San Luis Obispo