Welcome to “Silent Thunder” the Pismo Beach Bikeshare Feasibility Project.

Our “Classic California” beach town is nestled between gorgeous rolling hills and the glittering Pacific. We welcome you with an itinerary of leisure and vacationing enjoyment.

  • The City of Pismo Beach is re-imagineering Coastal Public Transit.
  • From rail...
  • to pier...
  • to pier...
  • to pier...
  • and all around...
  • back to Pismo again.
  • Ask us how to ride "Silent Thunder."

The reasons for implementing a bike-share program are often centered on goals of increasing tourism and economic development while benefiting cycling, reducing congestion, improving air quality, and offering residents an active mobility option.

Bike-share has two key advantages when compared to other transportation projects:

  • implementation costs are comparatively low
  • the timeline is short.

It is possible to plan and implement a system in two to four years, which means that benefits to the public accrue more immediately than in most transportation projects. (source: ITDP)

If you have questions about the project or the possibility of bikeshare coming to Pismo Beach please contact John DiNunzio of the project team at john@johnnybgreen.com.

Acknowledgements: this project website is created and maintained by JBG Research & Consulting, of Los Osos, CA  base photography courtesy: Sandprints Photography (c) 2014

Visualizations by recent graduates of Laurus College’s 3D department.




9 thoughts on “Home

  1. This would be great for the City. I don’t think that Robert Kramb has done his homework and just formed an opinion based on what he doesn’t know. Rock on Pismo Beach

  2. I do not think the bikeshare program is a good idea. I do not believe the current infrastructure supports safe biking. I also believe the city has many more important projects to spend our money on.

  3. Likely the least attractive suggestion promoted for Pismo Beach over the last 25 years. Excessive existing traffic congestion, poor downtown traffic flow & circulation, poor riding habits causing accidents, riders contributing to increased congestion, properly fitted or ill-fitted bikes for all different sizes, properly fitted or ill-fitted helmets, helmet lice, riders riding on sidewalks, walkways, wrong-ways, dangerous, accidents, lawsuits, and more lawsuits. That’s all we need, more legal billable hours charged to the city.

    Let’s focus on fixing the downtown flow and infrastructure first before going off on mental tangents.

  4. As a 25+ year resident of the Five Cities area and a cyclist for even longer, I like that you are thinking of doing more for cycling locally. The devil is in the details though and it will take much more than good intentions to actually achieve anything. Even among us “serious cyclist” types, there are sometimes disagreements about “best methods” and priorities. Those who lack our perspective are even more inclined to do things such as confuse the perception of safety for the reality.

    I hope that you make meaningful efforts to include input from the community at large before going too far with planning. (“Meaningful” would include public meetings scheduled so that working people can attend.) The diversity of views and opinions will pose a challenge to an attempt at building a consensus — be prepared. However, even though Pismo Beach is better off financially than many other local communities, no one wants to see flawed infrastructure designs funded because the decisions were made without careful consideration.

  5. Infrastructure improvements are a higher priority when it comes to achieving the Pismo’s stated goals of reducing congestion, augmenting public transit, and encouraging exercise. Large cities like Seattle view bike sharing programs within the broader context of how to improve overall infrastructure to make bicycling safer and easier, not only for visitors but for local commuter and recreational riders.

    Some recent observations and suggestions:

    I’ve witnessed four-wheel bicycle carriages riding in the bike lane alongside 40mph traffic on Highway One toward the butterfly preserve. Can rider safety be improved on this popular route?

    The city’s implementation and maintenance of bike lanes is inconsistent. Bike lanes are being intruded upon by dirt and rocks from the freeway berm by Shell Beach Elementary. The bike lanes get pretty thin in areas approaching the intersection with Avila Beach Drive.

    There is no clearly marked route delineating a safe transition to Price Street at the north end of the bike path leading from the Pismo outlet stores. Unfamiliar riders wishing to continue north may try to cross Price without realizing high speed traffic is merging on and off 101 at this point.

    The Outlets area presents multiple dangers for cyclists. Cars and big rigs speed up trying to beat the light when turning onto the 101 ramp and don’t always pay sufficient attention to oncoming cyclists. There should be clearer markings for bike lanes across this intersection as well as at parking lot entry points that are not governed by a traffic light.

    The onramp at Dinosaur Caves also presents a traffic hazard to cyclists from vehicles turning onto the freeway. Studies show that drivers often underestimate the speed of bicyclists when making turns.

    Pismo should look San Luis Obispo’s use of green-painted bicycle lanes to guide bicyclists through major intersections such as those between city streets and freeway ramps. These lanes are sometimes combined with green “bike boxes” that provide a space for bicyclists to stop at red lights. These markings also serve to remind drivers to be on the lookout for bicycles.

    It’s not made clear where in the street to ride on many streets in downtown Pismo. State law says bicyclists have the rights and responsibilities of cars. The DMV recommends bicyclists ride where they can be easily seen. Many visitors may not be regular cyclists and may be unclear on about where to ride. Signs and sharrow markings can be used to mitigate confusion among bicyclists and drivers.

    More can be done to foster a Five Cities regional approach to bicycle infrastructure. Bike lanes end suddenly at city boundaries. There’s no regional street signage to guide bicycle riders from the Arroyo Grande Village to Pismo and to the Bob Jones Trail. There’s bike parking in the Village but not in downtown Pismo. It’s hard to find out how or whether bike laws change depending on which city you’re in. Bike sharing in particular will be more cost-effective for taxpayers and more convenient for users if it’s implemented beyond just Pismo.

  6. I am the safety director for the San Luis Obispo bike club. If you are going to follow through on this great idea you need a better infrastructure first. Mattie road comes to mind first. There is a class two bike route south but not north, and I have been trying to get the bad cracks and road surface repaired going north as you come up the hill from the freeway overpass for months. You have a great area for biking, but need to fill in the gaps to make it much safer. Another area is the block going through town north and south of the main signal. That area is very broken up and with inexperienced bikers someone is going to go down in one of the cracks and could get run over by a car in the process, which would leave the city open to a lawsuip I am sure.

  7. As the Bicycle Advocate for the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club, I believe this is a great proposal to encourage cycling as a mode of transportation, reduce traffic congestion and promote healthy recreation. The program must be supported by roadway and bicycle infrastructure improvements that will allow cyclists of all ages and abilities to feel safe riding on our roadways.

  8. This is a very exciting prospect. The SLO County Bicycle Coalition is supportive of the concept but strongly believes that the number one priority for local resources should be infrastructure improvements. The most significant barrier to getting more people choosing biking and walking for everyday transportation and recreation is safety. A recently conducted local survey indicated that unsafe and speeding vehicles and gaps in the bikeway network are the primary drivers behind safety concerns.

    While Bike Sharing is clearly a wonderful option for visitors and an incredible way to make a bold move towards a more sophisticated transportation system, on street protected bike lanes, separated bike paths, and increased enforcement for speeding may have a longer lasting positive impact in the community.

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