SVBC has been pushing for safer bike facilities along El Camino Real for years. El Camino has a higher rate of collisions than other streets in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and it is a barrier for people to get from home to work, school, and shopping. Three cities (Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Redwood City) are in various stages of planning for improvements to El Camino Real and the cities need your feedback. Please get involved in your local El Camino project and check out photos of the various efforts at the end!  

Santa Clara  

Santa Clara is undergoing a planning process for the El Camino Real Specific Plan. The fourth Community Advisory Committee meeting is this Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 pm and they will be discussing transportation alternatives. Go and find out more about the proposed options and express your support for safe bike facilities. 

Palo Alto 

City of Palo Alto held a community workshop on Thursday, Nov. 8 to show the public two potential alternatives for El Camino Real from Stanford Avenue to Lambert Avenue. One of the options includes protected bike lanes and protected intersections as well as bulb outs and bus-only lanes. The other option would include the transit and walking improvements and focus bike improvements on a parallel route, Park Ave. To view the options and provide feedback, view collision and other data, and take the survey, please visit the project website

The Planning and Transportation Commission will also consider this in a study session on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 pm. Meeting agenda here and report is here.  The meeting is at City Hall Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto if you can make it.

Redwood City 

Redwood City held a pop-up protected bike lane on a portion of El Camino Real on Oct. 20 to get direct feedback from the public and model what it would look like. You can provide input on the Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study’s draft conceptual designs on the city’s online web map until November 18. The City has also started to look for funding to implement a pilot bike lane segment in the next year.