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Bicycle Program

VTA's comprehensive Bicycle Program is committed to improving the bicycle infrastructure throughout Santa Clara County, and to enabling and encouraging people to bike to work, school, errands and for recreation. Implemented in 1998, the program provides facilities, services, and programs dedicated to make bicycling a safer and more practical option for Santa Clara County residents and visitors.

VTA is a strong proponent of bicycle commuting and allowing bikes and transit to work together seamlessly. All VTA buses are equipped with bike racks and all light rail vehicles have internal racks. 

In addition to bringing bikes on board transit, bike commuters have access to secure bike parking systemwide. Bike racks and bike lockers have been installed in nearly all VTA Park & Ride lots and Transit Centers and bike parking demand is continuously monitored.

VTA also publishes the Santa Clara Valley Bikeways Map.

The Bicycle Program is constantly looking for ways to expand and improve its current bicycle programs and promotions. Greater emphasis is being placed on developing new programs to enhance education and outreach, pedestrian projects, bicycle/pedestrian collision monitoring, and improving overall biking conditions in Santa Clara County.

New state legislation on Complete Streets and greenhouse gas emissions will undoubtedly create new opportunities for the VTA Bicycle Program to contribute to solving the region’s transportation challenges.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) consists of 16 members representing each of the 15 cities and the county. It also has one ex-officio (non-voting) position for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. The BPAC advises the Board on funding and planning issues for bicycle and pedestrian projects. It also serves as the countywide bicycle advisory committee for Santa Clara County.

Countywide Bike Plan

In addition to providing transit service for Santa Clara County, VTA serves as the county’s Congestion Management Agency and is responsiblefor long-range transportation planning, including planning for bicyclists. Currently, VTA is inthe process of updating the Countywide Bicycle Plan, which was last adopted in 2008. The updated plan will guide bicycle projects in the County through the next 25 years.

Please visit the Santa Clara Countywide Bike Plan webpage.

Providing Smart Cycling and League Certified Instructor Trainings

Santa Clara County needs more League Certified Instructors to teach adults and students bicycle skills. VTA, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, will sponsor five in-class Smart Cycling trainings with three on-bike sessions and two League Certified Instructor Seminars in 2018.

Bicycle Expenditure Program

The Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP) was first adopted in 2000 by the VTA Board of Directors as the funding mechanism for countywide bicycle projects. Approximately every four years, VTA updates the BEP Project List, which is a list of bicycle projects that can be funded over the next 25 years within the constraints of anticipated bicycle funding. The BEP project list is incorporated into the Valley Transportation Plan, Santa Clara County’s  Long  Range Transportation Plan, as the bicycle element of that plan. 

Bicycle Technical Guidelines

VTA publishes the Bicycle Technical Guidelines to help Member Agencies provide optimal bicycle accommodation and ensure that bicycle planning as well as roadway planning remains consistent countywide. VTA updates the guidelines on a periodic basis.

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