Palo Alto is committed to promoting and encouraging bicycling as a safe, healthy, economical, environmentally friendly mode of transportation that is a viable and convenient alternative to the automobile. The most recent Census data reports that 7.1% of Palo Alto residents commute to work by bicycle, up from 5.6% in 2000. The City continues to work to significantly increase its proportion of travel by bicycle by providing facilities, services, and programs that promote bicycling.
Stanford Palo Alto Trail Program: Connecting the Bay to the Ridge
Stanford University and the City of Palo Alto partnered to develop a joint application to take advantage of grant funding currently available through the County of Santa Clara. The proposed Stanford-Palo Alto Trail Program will implement five new bicycle pedestrian pathways to connect Stanford University, the Palo Alto Lands, and the Arastradero Preserve. View the joint application here.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan Update
The City’s current Bicycle Transportation Plan was developed in 2003. An update to the plan is currently underway and includes new analysis of pedestrian issues to better link shared use trails and on-street facilities with key destinations. The plan also emphasizes the needs of school children and an aging population. New, innovative bicycle design standards are included in the update to help further promote and connect the City’s extensive bicycle network. Development of the new Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation continued through Spring 2012. The Draft Report was recommended for adoption by the Planning and Transportation Commission for Recommendation on March 28, 2012. The Final Report is currently available for public review. We would like to thank everyone that was able to attend the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update - Community Workshops.
To download a copy of the Final Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, follow the link below:
Historical Project Information: Jan 2011 PABAC Community Meeting - Click here Feb 2011 City-School Traffic Safety Committee - Click here Feb 2011 Planning & Transportation Commission - Click here May 2011 Council Study Session- Click here (Staff Report& Min. click here) May 2011 City-School Traffic Safety Committee - Click here