California Department of Transportation, District 5
United States of America

Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties is renowned for its iconic stature as one of the most scenic highways in the United States with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains and Terraces. Caltrans recent "chipseal" resurfacing has decimated a nearly 25 mile stretch of this road in Northern San Luis Obispo County making it dangerous for cyclists and uncomfortable for other means of transport.

Highway 1 is a heavily used cycling route with a substantial number of local riders using it on a daily basis. It also attracts significant numbers of cyclists from around the state and beyond who participate in organized tours and fundraising events such as:

- Best Buddies Challenge, for which Maria Shriver is the Chair Person;
- California Coast Classic - Arthritis Foundation
- National and local bicycle touring companies (for example Backroads, Central Coast Outdoors, Cycling Escapes, etc);
- The Amgen Tour of California (2006-2008);
- Wounded Warriors;
- Numerous fundraising rides supported by the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club and Cambria riders.

Thus, in addition to concerns for safety, the potential economic impact of the current road condition on the local economy is likely to be significant.

On behalf of the cycling community, we request that CALTRANS restore the Highway 1 shoulders between Cambria and Monterey County line to their pre-chip coat smoothness and remove all conditions that pose safety hazards to bicyclists.

CALTRANS has a wonderful opportunity to do the right thing. There are too many stakeholders and this problem is too big to just go away.

With an open and willing approach to addressing this problem, CALTRANS will garner significant public goodwill.

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