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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
As we announced last month, City of Santa Clara has begun updating its Bicycle Master Plan and wants to hear from you about how to improve bicycle infrastructure in the City. Whether you think El Camino Real should have protected bike lanes, or bike routes to school...
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.
Do you live or work in the City of Santa Clara? If so, the City wants to hear from you about how to improve existing bicycle facilities or new ideas for routes where bicycle facilities could be installed. This is all part of the planning phase of the 2018 Bicycle...
We are soliciting proposals for session and speaker ideas for the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit. The Bike Summit is a weekday, one-day conference intended to educate the community on key issues related to bicycling in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties as well as bring together people working in this field. Proposals are due March 31, 2018.
Above, the area of El Camino Real in Santa Clara within the scope of the new Specific Plan Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is proud to co-sponsor a community Education Forum about the exciting plan to re-envision El Camino Real in the City of Santa Clara. To kick off...
Guest Blog by Betsy Megas, who lives and works in the City of Santa Clara and commutes by bicycle. She has been an SVBC member and volunteer since 2012. To get more involved in local advocacy, check out SVBC’s Local Teams. The four miles of El Camino Real, aka State...
After a yearlong advocacy campaign, SVBC savored a big win last night when the Redwood City City Council voted unanimously (Masur abstaining due to recusal) to approve the El Camino Corridor Plan. The Plan lays out a vision that could transform Redwood City’s stretch of the Royal Highway from a high-speed commercial strip into a corridor where people can safely and comfortably walk, bike, and enjoy a tree-lined boulevard with a strong sense of place.
Now’s your chance to speak up in support of protected bike lanes on El Camino Real in Redwood City! The city has its draft Redwood City El Camino Real Corridor Plan on their website now after months of study and outreach. Two upcoming public meetings provide an opportunity to express your approval of the plan and ensure that protected bike lanes move forward on this important corridor.