El Camino Real bikeways

El Camino Real is the only non-highway road that connects from Daly City to San José, and is the backbone of our historical communities on the peninsula. This, as well as the concentration of housing and businesses along this corridor, make it THE essential North-South route, not only for motor vehicles (its main use today), but for bicyclists and pedestrians as well. Yes, there are parallel routes in some of the various cities along El Camino Real, yet these are disconnected and not always well publicized. From a high concentration of crash data, we know that biking on El Camino isn’t currently advisable and we also know that many people do already bike on El Camino to access the many businesses and other destinations. We need to make this corridor safe, comfortable and vibrant for all users.

Whether you live on El Camino Real or want to use El Camino Real to get from city to city or to access the wealth of small businesses on the strip, we want to help by creating continuous, protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in both counties. We are urging cities to be innovative and create new solutions


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Write Menlo Park City Council to support bike lanes on El Camino Real

In case you missed it, the City of Menlo Park has been studying whether to add bike lanes or a third travel lane on El Camino Real. We at SVBC are supporting the protected bike lane option as we have an Initiative to see safe and comfortable bicycle facilities on El...

Menlo Park El Camino Real: tell them what you want

Last week Menlo Park held a workshop on the El Camino Real Corridor Study. They presented the traffic study for the three alternatives, and found that adding a 3rd vehicle lane in each direction would not significantly decrease traffic into the future. SVBC is...

San Mateo passes precedent-setting Sustainable Streets Plan

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in San Mateo, the passage of the city’s Sustainable Streets Plan was so inevitable that it wasn’t even pulled from the consent calendar. The Council voted unanimously to pass this plan which includes many...

Menlo Park reveals draft alternatives for El Camino Real

Menlo Park has been studying changing the lane configuration on El Camino Real (ECR) for a year and consultants have just presented three draft alternatives for the road to the city’s Bicycle and Transportation Commission. As part of SVBC’s El Camino Real...

Mountain View passes visionary El Camino Real Precise Plan

Great news from Mountain View! At the final study session for the El Camino Real Precise Plan, City Council voted to approve the plan with several changes suggested by the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC). The final version of the plan contains details for...

Tell them what you think: El Camino Real survey

The City of Menlo Park is conducting the El Camino Real Corridor Study! The study will review potential transportation and traffic safety improvements to El Camino Real between Sand Hill Road and Encinal Avenue. The City is inviting the community to provide ideas and...

A step closer to bike lanes on El Camino Real

We have big news out of Mountain View to celebrate this week. At a February 5 study session for the San Antonio and El Camino Real Precise Plans, City Council directed planners to study the feasibility of removing parking on El Camino to make space for a bike lane.

Help Mountain View envision a truly great El Camino Real

Tomorrow night, February 4, at 5:30 pm, the Mountain View City Council will study options for the El Camino Real Precise Plan. Through public outreach and previous planning commission meetings, we know that an alternative called the focused strategy is preferred over...

Huge turnout at El Camino Real Precise Plan workshop

On Saturday, January 11, the City of Mountain View hosted a public workshop to describe and solicit community feedback for the El Camino Real and San Antonio Center Precise Plans. There is clearly interest in the two projects: over 100 people attended the 2.5-hour workshop, including members of environmental, transportation, housing, and equity organizations, as well as citizens who simply wanted to learn more and have a voice.

Support BRT and bike lanes along El Camino Real

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a set of innovative bus system enhancements that can provide high quality rapid transit service similar to light rail, but at a fraction of the cost. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is proposing to introduce over 30 miles of BRT...