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.

See our presentation on why we work on El Camino Real and the roadway’s relationship with safety and Vision Zero as well as our El Camino Real factsheet.

Current Campaigns

Redwood City El Camino Real: SVBC will work to incorporate high quality and safe bike facilities and crossings in the El Camino Real Corridor Plan by Summer 2017.

Santa Clara El Camino Real Precise Plan: SVBC will work to incorporate high quality and safe bike facilities and crossings in the Santa Clara El Camino Real Precise Plan during 2019.

Sunnyvale El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will work to incorporate high quality and safe bike facilities and crossings in the El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan during 2019.

Recent News

Santa Clara Community Advocates share recommendations for Santa Clara’s El Camino Real Precise Plan

The City of Santa Clara has been working on its Precise Plan for El Camino Real since 2017 to guide future development in this important transportation corridor. El Camino Real is the City’s most visible and identifiable commercial corridor. The City’s General Plan...

Planned Bike Lanes on El Camino Real in Redwood City Need Love

Give snaps to Redwood City for completing the Bike & Pedestrian Safety Improvement Study for El Camino Real. Staff will be presenting the conceptual designs and final report to the City Council on February 25, 2019. If you support protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in Redwood City, please attend the meeting or email Council to express your love for this project.

Take Action on Bike Lanes on El Camino in Several Cities

SVBC has been pushing for safer bike facilities along El Camino Real for years. 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!  

Join Sept. 8 Peninsula Bikeway to Advise on North-South Route

Do you dream of a connected, low-stress north-south bike route from San Francisco to San José and beyond? This is the shared goal of the Peninsula Bikeway, a project of the Managers Mobility Partnership between Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Stanford that is having a kick-off event this Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 am to 2 pm in Menlo Park.

2018 Silicon Valley Bike Summit recap

Thank you to all who participated in the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit! This year was our biggest year yet! A huge thanks to Mineta Transportation Institute for hosting and to all our Signature and Supporting Sponsors! Did you miss one of the breakout sessions or just want to check out the slides from a favorite speaker? Check them all out on our blog recap.

How Bike Lanes Lead to Increased Business

SVBC supports business efforts to encourage employees and customers to bike and we have updated our fact sheet describing the benefits of better bicycle infrastructure and programs and how to improve bicycling. It offers a summary of exciting opportunities to request free bike rack installation, participate in bicycle-related community events, achieve bicycle-friendly workplace certification, and more.

Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan Now Available

The wait is over! After at least a year of planning, outreach, and mapping, the Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan is now available. Check out our blog for more information on the prioritized list and map of proposed bike projects on state highways throughout the Bay Area. This vision will help Caltrans and local jurisdictions when implementing projects.