At San Mateo County, we strive to make walking and bicycling safe and comfortable for everyone. Our Office of Sustainability works to create more livable communities through multiple programs and initiatives, including our active transportation program which encourages walking and biking. We are now working to create an Active Transportation Plan to help define priorities for walking and biking improvements. The plan will also give planners, engineers, advocates, and policymakers the tools they need to build safe, comfortable, and convenient facilities for walking and biking in unincorporated San Mateo County.

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San Mateo County is home to many recreational paths for walking and biking. 

What's Happening Now:

About the Plan

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Through the Active Transportation Plan, we want to identify ways to make walking safer in unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. 

Project Timeline

Spring-Summer 2019

Technical Work: Existing Conditions

  • Gather data
  • Identify existing facilities, barriers, and opportunities

Community Outreach

  • Survey and interactive map
  • Walking and bicycling tours
  • Community workshops and pop-up events

Fall 2019

Technical Work: Draft Recommendations

  • Develop approach for projects and program recommendations

Community Outreach

  • Continue survey and interactive map

Winter-Spring 2020

Technical Work: Draft Recommendations

  • Develop list of draft project recommendations

Technical Work: Draft Plan

  • Develop financial and implementation strategies
  • Develop draft plan based on community input

Community Outreach

  • Community workshops and pop-up events
  • Interactive map of draft recommendations

Summer-Fall 2020

Technical Work: Draft Plan

  • Share draft plan

Community Outreach

  • Community workshops and pop-up events
  • Share final plan on website

Technical Work: Final Plan

  • Develop final plan based on community input
  • County Board of Supervisors for approval and adoption

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You are our local experts, and we need to hear from you, no matter how you get around. What is it like to walk and bike in your neighborhood? What improvements would you like to see? In 2019 we collected input through an online survey, interactive map, and by talking with San Mateo County residents. We received very helpful input from community members - check out the Phase 1 map to see what people shared with us in 2019. 

Now, you can view and share input on our recommendations through April 20.

  • Pedestrian improvements:  View the pedestrian improvements (PDF) we are recommending to be included in the plan. Send us an email with your questions or comments. 
  • Bike improvements: Click the button below to view and provide comments in the recommendations we are making to improve bike facilities. 

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For a better mobile experience, visit the map at SMC Bikeways to share your ideas.

Want to connect in person? 

You can also find us at local events to talk with us and share your ideas. We’ll have information to share about the planning process and interactive displays to help us collect your input. Here are the ways we connect with San Mateo County communities for this project: 

  • Road Shows: We are participating in community events around the county to connect with people in a informal setting, at places you might already be going, like the farmers market or local festivals. 
  • Presentations at community meetings: We are attending community council and community association meetings to present information about the project and learn more from participants. 
  • Community workshops: We will also be hosting open house-style community workshops to share project information and get your input through interactive activities. Update from March 10: These workshops have been cancelled to minimize exposure to coronavirus. Please sign up to receive email updates if you would like to be notified of rescheduled or other future events. 
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Bicycle Sunday occurs Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a segment of Cañada Road along Crystal Springs Regional Trail, except during inclement weather. 



Contact Information

Interested in learning more about the project?

Office of Sustainability
County of San Mateo
(650) 363-4682

County of San Mateo, California. Office of Sustainability.

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