Santa Clara Countywide Bike Plan
VTA's Role in Bicycle Planning
We provide funding to cities for building bicycle paths and bicycle lanes, we work with cities to build new bicycle bridges and better freeway interchanges, and we bring city staff together so bikeways are consistent across city boundaries. VTA also provides space for bikes on our buses and light rail vehicles, and bike parking at our light rail stations.
About the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan
The Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan’s primary goal is to make it easier and safer for people to bike when traveling from one city to the next in Santa Clara County. The plan establishes a network of Cross County Bikeway Corridors that will provide continuous, complete bike connections across the county. The plan also identifies locations where new and improved bike connections are needed across freeways, rail lines and creeks. Last, the plan identifies ways to make it easier for people to use their bike with transit, including bike access to major transit stops, bike parking at stops, and bicycle accommodations on board.
Why Update The Countywide Bike Plan Now?
VTA has had a Countywide Bicycle Plan since 2000. The plan was most recently updated in 2008. Since then, we have seen advances in bicycle infrastructure design, advances in planning for bicyclists, and a cultural shift toward bicycling. More people, and a greater diversity of people, are interested in bicycling, and they want bikeways that are physically separated from cars. VTA now has the capacity to model how building new bikeways will affect travel patterns, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the local jurisdictions in Santa Clara County have built many new miles of bike lanes and trails. It’s time to update the Countywide Bicycle Plan to reflect these changes.
We Have Concluded the Public Comment Period
VTA would like to thank the 90 community members who joined us at our three public meetings in Gilroy on March 29, San Jose on March 30, and Cupertino on March 31, 2016. We also received over 800 comments on our online mapping tool. Thank you to those who took the time to provide your valuable feedback. A view-only version of the online mapping tool with all its comments, points, and lines will be made available here soon. The Planners are currently busy drafting the Bike Plan Update. Your first chance at a glimpse of the document will be at a VTA BPAC meeting this coming winter season. Please check back with us later for more information. In the meantime, we welcome you to peruse our other bicycle resources:
- View our 2016 Bikeways Map
- Visit our Bicycle Program pages, read the 2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan and other documents
- View the PowerPoint presentation in English (or in Spanish) from three public workshops.
January 2016 – Public Outreach Begins
March 2016 – Public Meetings
May 2016 – July 2016 – Outreach at Community Events
Summer/Fall 2016 – Draft Project List Released
Fall 2016 – Development of Implementation Strategies
Winter 2016/17 – Draft Plan Released for Public Comment
Spring 2017 – Plan Adopted
VTA Community Outreach
Phone: (408) 321-7575
TTY only: (408) 321-2330