Palo Alto Bike Boulevards
The City of Palo Alto is a shining example of the impact that innovative infrastructure can have on increasing the number of people on bikes. As a League of American Bicyclists silver-ranked Bicycle Friendly Community and with 50-70% of school children biking to school, the City is doing many things right. Their 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan detailed many more projects to be implemented that would create a true network of bicycle infrastructure. We are holding the City to these goals by advocating for the completion of at least three bicycle boulevards this year. There is still much progress to be made and a full network of bicycle boulevards in the City would make it easier for people to seamlessly travel by bike to any of their destinations.
Recent News

7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit Recap

  Thank you to all who attended the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit. This year was the biggest year yet with 230 attendees and over 105 bikes parked! Did you miss it? Read on to catch up on all the day’s fascinating discussions. You can also view the...

Palo Alto’s Bridges – We Count on You

Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC) volunteers maintain pedestrian-bicycle counters at two popular bridges, El Palo Alto Bridge in the northwest of the city and Willkie Bridge on the southeast. Orphaned by the city, the counters have three years of expected life left and are used to determine how many people use these facilities for healthy transportation.

Palo Alto City Council Approves $9.6 Million for Bike Boulevard Network Construction

Palo Alto, the home of the legendary Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard, just approved an astounding $9.6 million for the construction of a network of new bike boulevards. The reimagined streets will utilize speed bumps, chicanes, and roundabouts to create low-stress corridors along 7 miles of streets where bicycle travel is prioritized over driving.

Action Alert: Contact Palo Alto City Council to Support Funding Bike Boulevards

Please email city.council@cityofpaloalto.org NOW with your support for bike boulevards funding and Safe Routes to School programs to ensure that they will continue being funded through next year. You can also attend one of the next two meetings, at which these items will be on the agendas. More details and suggested talking points below.

7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit Agenda

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is excited to invite you to the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, hosted by Microsoft, this year on August 8. See below for the agenda and session topics. We look forward to seeing you! Register here:...

Bike Palo Alto Attracts 800 Participants

  For those who missed it, the 7th annual Bike Palo Alto on Sunday October 2 drew more than 800 kids, adults, and families, an increase of 14% over last year. Bike Palo Alto is an annual, volunteer-driven, community event in which participants are encouraged to...

Palo Alto Advances Nine Bike Boulevard Projects

Congratulations to Palo Alto, whose City Council voted on May 9 to approve $1.4 million in funding as well as concept plans and environmental analyses to advance the ambitious Bike Boulevard prioritization of their 2012 Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Palo Alto Pop-up Bikeway

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a pop-up two-way cycletrack, or separated bikeway, demonstration on Park Boulevard, put on by City of Palo Alto and Fehr & Peers consultants.

Pop-up bikeways and other temporary projects, like parklets, are sweeping the nation as tools used by local cities and advocates to demonstrate how a potential project could work, gain direct feedback from people biking and walking, and generate support for new, innovative designs. They also help to educate people on how to use a separated bikeway – still a relatively new concept in California – and create excitement as people experience them firsthand.

Palo Alto bike boulevards, make your voice heard!

Following a campaign by the Palo Alto Local Team, the City of Palo Alto approved funding for multiple bike boulevards and is now in the midst of the design and public input period of a network of 22 Bike Boulevards in the city. If you want to get involved and make...