College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

City and Regional Planning Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in City and Regional Planning

Date

5-2020

Primary Advisor

Cornelius Nuworsoo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department

Abstract/Summary

The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential of linking multiple origins and destinations for efficient non-motorized travel in San Luis Obispo, California. The city currently has seventy-five miles of bicycle infrastructure with the intention to add thirty-five more miles to create a more functional bicycle network and foster an increase in bicycle trips taken.

Many cities in the United States are following their European counterparts in the push towards more sustainable forms of transportation by promoting bicycling, walking, and the use of public transit. Recently, we have seen an increase in both local and national legislative efforts to fund the creation of safer pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure around the country. This shift to more active forms of transportation—particularly bicycle transportation—can result in countless benefits to health and wellness, local economies, and the environment we live in.

This study explores San Luis Obispo’s bicycle infrastructure to determine the current operational value and potential for the optimization of non-motorized routes between employment centers, recreation centers, and residential areas. To legitimize the idea of commuting by bicycle within the community, the infrastructure the City provides should be accessible by all residents, regardless of location.

The results of this research can be used to guide City officials in identifying locations in town that are not well served by bicycle infrastructure. In the long run, this can inform future infrastructure deployment, encourage an active dialogue with residents about the transportation needs of the community, and ultimately create a healthier San Luis Obispo.

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