Bicycle Master Plan 2020
The 2020 San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan is the culmination of over a year of robust community engagement, existing conditions and data analysis, and planning and design work. The 2020 Plan was adopted by City Council on April 6, 2020 and serves as a blueprint for expanding and improving the San Mateo bicycle and mobility network in the coming years.
Adopted 2020 Bicycle Master Plan & Supplemental Documents
- 2020 San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan (PDF)
- Appendices A-H (PDF)
- Proposed Bike Network Map (PDF)
- CEQA: Categorical Exemption (PDF)
Past Meetings & Events
- City Council Meeting - April 6, 2020
- City Council Study Session - March 2, 2020
- Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission - February 12, 2020
- Bicycle Master Plan Open House - December 7, 2019
- Citizen Advisory Group Meeting - December 3, 2019
- Bike Tour - March 23, 2019
- Bicycle Master Plan Kick-Off Meeting - December 1, 2018
- Neighborhood Steering Committee Meeting - November 28, 2018
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San Mateo has over 25 miles of on-street bikeways and 12 miles of trails. Changes in transportation priorities, including the implementation of Complete Streets policies, have created opportunities for a more viable biking environment in the City.
As community interest in bicycling has grown, the need is great to assess the current plan, last revised in 2011.
Why the Update?
The Bicycle Master Plan Update allowed us to expand our bicycle network while maintaining the quality of ride, safety for all and accessibility to everyone who wants to enjoy San Mateo on human-powered transportation.
The updated Bike Plan, named the 2020 San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan, is a stand-alone plan, not part of the citywide General Plan concurrently in the community. Findings from the 2019 bicycle master plan update were incorporated to the General Plan to ensure the network of bike lanes throughout the City, and the shoreline bike path, can help make discovering San Mateo by bicycle a great experience.
The 2019 update process aimed to encourage more bicycle traffic for residents and visitors in San Mateo. We wanted to ensure that bicycling experience remains great by eliminating all roadway collisions, injuries, and fatalities among bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Through the update process, we desired to create a safe bike network for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. These Bicycle Network Facilities were considered during the update process.
Information was gathered from all levels of cyclists to ensure the 2020 Bicycle Master Plan included easy to use bikeways, encouraging more people to enjoy our great outdoors by bike. Expanding our connected network of bikeways encourages more commuting-by-bike options, and makes it easier to get around San Mateo by human power.
The 2019 update process helped increase access to our newest bikeway projects, including the Hillsdale Pedestrian/Bicyclist Bridge and the Bay to Transit Trail. It also helped us achieve the goals and recommendations developed as part of the
Sustainable Streets Plan and the Climate Action Plan.
The Bicycle Master Plan Update process took place from October 2018 to April 2020 and consisted of three phases: Project Launch and Information Gathering, Drafting the Plan, and Finalizing the Plan.
Phase I: Project Launch & Information Gathering (October 2018 – March 2019)
We want to hear from you and your neighbors, families, kids, business owners, and all community members. We want to know what keeps people from biking and how the City can help overcome these barriers using both new bikeways and support programs.
Since late 2018, we have been collecting feedback from our residents and assessing the status of our current bicycle network. The Existing Conditions Report and the Needs and Demands Analysis provide an overview of current bicycling conditions in San Mateo.
As we collect information, we will examine bicycle-related issues including safety, comfort, and existing City policies, as well as identifying gaps in the bicycle network.
Phase II: Drafting the Plan (March – August 2019)
Using community input and data/analysis that we gathered in Phase I, we will develop draft recommendations for new projects (new bikeways) to ensure that San Mateo’s bicycle network is comfortable for all types of bicyclists.
We anticipate having the draft recommendations ready for public review and input by summer 2019. The proposed bicycle network map creates a low-stress environment
suitable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.
Phase III: Finalizing the Plan (August 2019 - April 2020)
On February 12, 2020, the draft Update was presented to the Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission. Staff presented the draft Update to City Council at a study session held on March 2, 2020. The 2020 Bicycle Master Plan was adopted by City Council at the April 6, 2020 Council meeting.