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VTA Bicycle Program

In 1998, VTA implemented a comprehensive Bicycle Program committed to improving the bicycle infrastructure throughout Santa Clara County, and to enable and encourage people to bike to work, school, errands and for recreation. The Bicycle 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. Since 1996, all VTA buses are equipped with bike racks and since 2004 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 is now in the process of implementing a new e-locker system to address the high demand for bike lockers that currently exceeds the existing supply.

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.

Countywide Bicycle Plan Update

Overview

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 our webpage dedicated to this project: vta.org/bikeplan

Plan Purpose

The updated plan will identify bicycle capital projects and bicycle policies that are likely to increase the number of people bicycling and reduce the miles people are driving over the next 25 years. To meet this goal, VTA will be working closely with members of the public, city staff, elected officials, and businesses to identify bicycle projects that will encourage more people to bike. VTA’s updated Countywide Bicycle Plan will include a robust set of projects and innovative designs that provide measurable transportation benefits. The Plan will also include strategies for implementing bikeway projects. Soon after adoption, VTA will begin collaborating with cities and the County to implement the plan.

Proposed Timeline
September 2014.......... VTA awarded grant funding to update plan
March 2015.................. Grant funding allocated
June 2015.................... Planning process begins
February 2016............. Public outreach begins
March 2016................. Three public workshops
Spring 2016................. Textizen survey, Bike Month, Community Events
Spring 2016................. Existing conditions report released
Summer 2016.............. Working groups, Stakeholder Bike Rides/Audits
Fall 2016...................... Proposed projects and policies released
Fall 2016...................... Conceptual design for demo corridors released
Fall 2016...................... Implementation strategy released
Spring 2017................. Final plan and adoption hearing

2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP)

VTA adopted the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP). The CBP guides the development of major bicycling facilities by identifying Cross County Bicycle Corridors and other projects of countywide or intercity significance. The CBP complements Member Agencies’ bicycle plans, which focus on improvements at the local level, and incorporates other regional bike projects including the Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The 2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan can be downloaded below. Note that Figure 3-2 and Figure 4-1 depicting the cross county bicycle corridors and Across Barrier Connections are downloaded separately.

Please visit other web pages for more information about the VTA Bicycle Program or you can send an email to bikes@vta.org 

Countywide Bicycle Plan

Appendices
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Figure 3-2
Figure 4-1
Cover TOC

The Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP)

The 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. The funds programmed towards BEP projects come from a combination of funding programs.

  • 1996 Measure B sales tax

  • Transportation Fund for Clean Air 40% Program (TFCA 40%)

  • Transportation Development Act Article 3 Pedestrian Bicycle Program (TDA 3)

  • Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Funds (RBPP)

  • Federal Transportation Enhancement

  • Federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Bicycle Expenditure Plan Project List 2040 – Adopted May 2013​

View map of Bicycle Expenditure Program Projects

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

 

The 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.

The Committee generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, at VTA River Oaks Campus, 3331 North First Street, Conference Room B-104, at 6:30 p.m., or as otherwise posted here.

Please address all correspondence c/o:

Office of the Board Secretary
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
3331 North First Street, Building B-1st Floor
San Jose, CA 95134-1927
Fax: (408) 955-0891 - Telephone: (408) 321-5680
E-Mail: board.secretary@vta.org

The Bicycle Technical Guidelines (BTG)

 

The BTG was first adopted by VTA in 1999. In December 2007, and again in 2012, VTA significantly expanded and re-adopted the BTG. The BTG manual is a set of optimum standards and best practices for roadway and bikeway design. They are intended to help Member Agencies in providing optimal bicycle accommodation and ensuring that bicycle planning as well as roadway planning remains consistent countywide. The BTG is the complementary companion to the Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP) and the Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP) and should be used as a resource by both roadway and bikeway planners and designers.

The BTG will continuously be updated as the need arises. Revised individual pages should be downloaded by manual holders in order to have the most recent and updated version available. To receive an email notice of when future revisions are made, please sign up to receive email updates by clicking on the icon at the top of this page labeled “sign-up for email updates”. The pages and chapters that have been updated since December 2007 can be downloaded in the files named: “Update xx-yy-zz”. A list of all updates is found on page i, downloadable as “Update List-page_i.pdf”.

Update List-page_i
Update 10-02-08
Update 12-13-12

Bicycle Technical Guidelines - with 2012 Updates

Cover TOC
Chapters 1-2
Chapters 3-4
Chapters 5-6
Chapters 7-8
Chapters 9-10
Chapter 11
Appendices

Bicycle Technical Guidelines 2007 (Accessible)

Cover TOC
Chapters 1-2
Chapters 3-4
Chapters 5-6
Chapters 7-8
Chapters 9-10
Appendices

Contact Us

email: Bikes@vta.org
or mail to:
3331 N. First Street B-2
San Jose, CA, 95134-1906

Telephone: 408-321-7575
 

  • Overview
  • VTA Bicycle Program

    In 1998, VTA implemented a comprehensive Bicycle Program committed to improving the bicycle infrastructure throughout Santa Clara County, and to enable and encourage people to bike to work, school, errands and for recreation. The Bicycle 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. Since 1996, all VTA buses are equipped with bike racks and since 2004 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 is now in the process of implementing a new e-locker system to address the high demand for bike lockers that currently exceeds the existing supply.

    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.

  • Countywide Bicycle Plan Update
  • Countywide Bicycle Plan Update

    Overview

    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 our webpage dedicated to this project: vta.org/bikeplan

    Plan Purpose

    The updated plan will identify bicycle capital projects and bicycle policies that are likely to increase the number of people bicycling and reduce the miles people are driving over the next 25 years. To meet this goal, VTA will be working closely with members of the public, city staff, elected officials, and businesses to identify bicycle projects that will encourage more people to bike. VTA’s updated Countywide Bicycle Plan will include a robust set of projects and innovative designs that provide measurable transportation benefits. The Plan will also include strategies for implementing bikeway projects. Soon after adoption, VTA will begin collaborating with cities and the County to implement the plan.

    Proposed Timeline
    September 2014.......... VTA awarded grant funding to update plan
    March 2015.................. Grant funding allocated
    June 2015.................... Planning process begins
    February 2016............. Public outreach begins
    March 2016................. Three public workshops
    Spring 2016................. Textizen survey, Bike Month, Community Events
    Spring 2016................. Existing conditions report released
    Summer 2016.............. Working groups, Stakeholder Bike Rides/Audits
    Fall 2016...................... Proposed projects and policies released
    Fall 2016...................... Conceptual design for demo corridors released
    Fall 2016...................... Implementation strategy released
    Spring 2017................. Final plan and adoption hearing

  • 2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan
  • 2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP)

    VTA adopted the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP). The CBP guides the development of major bicycling facilities by identifying Cross County Bicycle Corridors and other projects of countywide or intercity significance. The CBP complements Member Agencies’ bicycle plans, which focus on improvements at the local level, and incorporates other regional bike projects including the Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The 2008 Countywide Bicycle Plan can be downloaded below. Note that Figure 3-2 and Figure 4-1 depicting the cross county bicycle corridors and Across Barrier Connections are downloaded separately.

    Please visit other web pages for more information about the VTA Bicycle Program or you can send an email to bikes@vta.org 

    Countywide Bicycle Plan

    Appendices
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Figure 3-2
    Figure 4-1
    Cover TOC

  • Bicycle Expenditure Program
  • The Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP)

    The 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. The funds programmed towards BEP projects come from a combination of funding programs.

    • 1996 Measure B sales tax

    • Transportation Fund for Clean Air 40% Program (TFCA 40%)

    • Transportation Development Act Article 3 Pedestrian Bicycle Program (TDA 3)

    • Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Funds (RBPP)

    • Federal Transportation Enhancement

    • Federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

    Bicycle Expenditure Plan Project List 2040 – Adopted May 2013​

    View map of Bicycle Expenditure Program Projects

  • Bike & Ped Advisory Committee
  • The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

     

    The 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.

    The Committee generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, at VTA River Oaks Campus, 3331 North First Street, Conference Room B-104, at 6:30 p.m., or as otherwise posted here.

    Please address all correspondence c/o:

    Office of the Board Secretary
    Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
    3331 North First Street, Building B-1st Floor
    San Jose, CA 95134-1927
    Fax: (408) 955-0891 - Telephone: (408) 321-5680
    E-Mail: board.secretary@vta.org

  • Bicycle Technical Guidelines
  • The Bicycle Technical Guidelines (BTG)

     

    The BTG was first adopted by VTA in 1999. In December 2007, and again in 2012, VTA significantly expanded and re-adopted the BTG. The BTG manual is a set of optimum standards and best practices for roadway and bikeway design. They are intended to help Member Agencies in providing optimal bicycle accommodation and ensuring that bicycle planning as well as roadway planning remains consistent countywide. The BTG is the complementary companion to the Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP) and the Bicycle Expenditure Program (BEP) and should be used as a resource by both roadway and bikeway planners and designers.

    The BTG will continuously be updated as the need arises. Revised individual pages should be downloaded by manual holders in order to have the most recent and updated version available. To receive an email notice of when future revisions are made, please sign up to receive email updates by clicking on the icon at the top of this page labeled “sign-up for email updates”. The pages and chapters that have been updated since December 2007 can be downloaded in the files named: “Update xx-yy-zz”. A list of all updates is found on page i, downloadable as “Update List-page_i.pdf”.

    Update List-page_i
    Update 10-02-08
    Update 12-13-12

    Bicycle Technical Guidelines - with 2012 Updates

    Cover TOC
    Chapters 1-2
    Chapters 3-4
    Chapters 5-6
    Chapters 7-8
    Chapters 9-10
    Chapter 11
    Appendices

    Bicycle Technical Guidelines 2007 (Accessible)

    Cover TOC
    Chapters 1-2
    Chapters 3-4
    Chapters 5-6
    Chapters 7-8
    Chapters 9-10
    Appendices

  • Bicycle Resources
  • Bicycle Resources

     

    Documents

    Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP)

    Bicycle Technical Guidelines (BTG)

    Pedestrian Technical Guidelines (PTG)

    Valley Transportation Plan (VTP) 2040

     

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  • Contact Us
  • Contact Us

    email: Bikes@vta.org
    or mail to:
    3331 N. First Street B-2
    San Jose, CA, 95134-1906

    Telephone: 408-321-7575
     

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