The City of San Luis Obispo is committed to enhancing the safety and quality of life in San Luis Obispo’s neighborhoods. Increased vehicular volume and speeds within neighborhoods has been a concern among neighborhood residents. The City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management (NTM) Program encourages residents to be directly involved in developing strategies to addressing traffic issues within their neighborhood. The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program utilizes engineering, education, and enforcement tools to ensure equitable and effective solutions.
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Neighborhood Traffic Management Process
Step 1. Request for Action. Residents can request action by submitting an application to the Public Works Transportation Division at 919 Palm Street or by calling (805) 781-7597.
Step 2. Traffic Studies. Transportation staff will visit the neighborhood and conduct initial traffic studies which may include collecting neighborhood speeds, volumes, and reviewing collision patterns.
Step 3. Neighborhood Traffic Assessment. Transportation staff will prepare a customized Neighborhood Traffic Assessment for each neighborhood with recommendations based on the data collected from the studies. Recommendations will be made up of education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering tools to address the traffic concerns of the neighborhood.
Check out our Traffic Safety Toolkit to learn more about how to address traffic concerns in your neighborhood.
How does the City determine installation of different colored curb?
Curb markings serve a variety of purposes in the City of San Luis Obispo and other cities.
Red curb indicates no stopping, standing or parking at any time, whether the vehicle is attended or unattended. Red curb is typically found at bus stops, near schools, or fire lanes where parking is prohibited to keep motorist from creating a burden. The City Traffic Operations Manager will determine the final location and length for the installation of red curb.
Yellow curb indicates stopping only for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or material. The City Traffic Operations Manager is the authority in determining the location of loading zones. Yellow curb is typically found near schools or businesses that experience a high volume of deliveries throughout a day.
Green curb markings indicate no stopping or parking for a period longer than what is posted. Locations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved by the City Traffic Operations Manager. Transportation staff will work closely with establishments where transactions are short-term in nature to assure accommodations are made for all businesses and motorist affected by this type of request. Green curbs on public streets are for public use and are not reserved parking for particular people or businesses.
Someone in our neighborhood has left a basketball hoop on the street creating parking restrictions. What can be done about this?If a basketball hoop is in the public right-of-way, it becomes a safety hazard and is in violation of the City of San Luis Obispo Municipal Code 12.04.020. Feel free to contact the Traffic Hotline at (805) 781-7597 to report a basketball hoop on a City street or sidewalk.
What is the small bicycle symbol in the traffic lane at a signalized intersection?
This bicycle symbol in the center of the traffic lane is a loop detector for bicycles. When a bicycle is position above this symbol it will trigger the traffic signal using an induction “loop” buried in the street pavement. This will “trip” the traffic signal to give a green to the bicyclists.
Please remember that bicyclists must abide by the California Vehicle Code and are required to obey all traffic signs and signals.