Bike / Pedestrian Plan


Project Description

The Palo Alto Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan was adopted in July 2012. The Plan identifies objectives for the expansion of bicycle and pedestrian goals for the City. The City has a goal of expanding bicycle-to-work trips by 2020 to 15%. The city's high school student population is the highest bicycle commuter group with an average of 44% of high school commuters traveling by bicycle. This is in part due to the past efforts to provide bicycle-friendly infrastructure within the community. The Bike / Pedestrian plan supports additional goals for the City to encourage life-long appreciation for bicycle commuting to support healthy living and reduce global climate change. 

Project Status

Project Timeline

Phase 1 - The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project

The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Projects - Phase 1 is currently in construction.

It is a Council-approved project to enhance local Palo Alto streets to reduce automobile speeds and to prioritize safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Phase 1 of the project broke ground in September 2017 and construction will be completed in October 2018. This seven-mile-long project will be constructed in 2000-foot-long segments (about half-a-mile) to minimize impacts to residential neighborhoods and schools.


construction schedule

 Project Timeline by street



Some Common Design Features  

Raised Intersections

Raised intersections create safer, slower crossings and are being constructed at select intersections. They encourage motorists to yield to pedestrians and cyclists within the raised area and improve visibility. 


Traffic Circles / Roundabouts

Roundabouts reduce the potential for collisions and beautify neighborhoods. They also may encourage regional traffic to stay on arterial and collector streets by reducing speeds on local streets. Download the "What's a Roundabout?" flyer for more information.

Raised Crossings

Raised crosswalks improve the visibility of pedestrians and children by better aligning pedestrians within a driver’s field of vision.

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Slotted Speed Humps

Slotted speed humps help calm traffic, while the slots allow for easy passage by emergency vehicles and cyclists.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Green stormwater infrastructure (bioretention) in the form of landscaped curb extensions collect urban stormwater runoff and reduce and clean its flow before entering San Francisco Bay.







Bicycle roadway markings, such as sharrows and bicycle boulevard legends, and signage will identify routes and orient cyclists and pedestrians to local and regional destinations.

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Phase 2 - The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project

Phase 2 of the project is in the final design phase, and construction is anticipated for late fall of 2018.


Phase 2 of the project includes segments of the following streets: Bryant St Extension, Maybell Ave, Stanford Ave, Park Blvd, and Wilkie Way. 

Phase 2 includes similar design features to Phase I. Work will be completed by a separate construction contract which will be awarded through a competitive process. The construction contract will go before City Council for consideration before any construction will begin.

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Upcoming Meetings

No meetings are currently scheduled. Please check back for updates. 

Project Documents

 ""  Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan
   Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project FAQs

Contact Information

Questions about the Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project?
Contact Information
 Sarah Ratliff
 Community Relations Manager
Phone: (669) 225-1617 


General Questions?

Planning and Community Environment - Transportation Division


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