Bicycle Master Plan Update
We want San Mateo to become a great a bike-friendly city. To accomplish this goal, we are in the process of updating our 2011 Bicycle Master Plan to ensure that your ride around the city is safe, comfortable, and accessible. The City of San Mateo is committed to increasing our bicycle and pedestrian mode share to 30% by 2020. The Bicycle Network Facilities document explains the bicycle facilities and improvements that will be considered for the update. The draft Bicycle Master Plan Update will be ready for public review by late 2019. Click the "Next Steps" tab below to see our most recent findings.
The biggest part of this process includes San Mateo residents joining City staff to plan the future of bicycling in the City.
We Need You
Are you a cyclist in the City of San Mateo? Do you want to be? Whether you are a commuting cyclist, a recreational cyclist or an occasional cyclist, we invite your feedback to be included in the update. Click the link below to find out how you can contribute.
Past Meetings & Events:
- Neighborhood Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday, November 28
- Bicycle Master Plan Kick-Off Meeting - Saturday, December 1, 2018
- Bike Tour - March 23, 2019
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
2019 Summer "Pop-Up Outreach" Schedule
- Citizen Advisory Group Meeting, San Mateo City Hall - June 20, 3:30-5 p.m.
- Pop-Up Table at Music in the Park, 50 E. 5th Ave. - June 20, 6-8 p.m.
- Pop-Up Table at MLK Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave. - June 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Pop-Up table at Caltrain's Hillsdale Train Station - Thursday, June 27, 7-9 a.m.
- Pop-Up Table at Seal Point Park/Bay Trail, 1625 J. Hart Clinton Dr. - June 29, 9-11 a.m.
- Pop-Up Table at City of San Mateo 4th of July Event, 50 E. 5th Ave. - July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Questions? Ask Us
Please reach out to Sue-Ellen Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Master Plan History
Currently, 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.
Updating the Master Plan
The updated Bicycle Master Plan is dedicated to expanding 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 2019 update is a stand-alone plan, not part of the citywide General Plan concurrently in the community. Once the update is complete, we hope to contribute our findings as feedback to the General Plan so that 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 aim of this update is to encourage more bicycle traffic for residents and visitors in San Mateo.
We hope that the 2019 update can ensure that bicycling experience remains great by eliminating all roadway collisions, injuries, and fatalities among bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. We want to create a bike network that will keep bicyclists safe. View the Bicycle Network Facilities document to learn about bicycle facilities and improvements being considered for the current update.
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just learning how to ride, we hope the update will make San Mateo bikeways easy to use, 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 will help increase access to our newest bikeway projects, including the Hillsdale Pedestrian/Bicyclist Bridge and the Bay to Transit Trail. It will also help us achieve the goals and recommendations developed as part of the Sustainable Streets Plan and the Climate Action Plan.
Updating the San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan is important work and we anticipate that it will take about a year, broken into three phases:
Phase I: Project Launch and 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. Click on these links for the most recent Existing Conditions Report and the Needs and Demands Analysis.
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. Click here to view the draft proposed network. See our list of pop-up events above to find us in the community this summer.
Phase III: Finalizing the Plan [August - November 2019]
Finally, we will draft the revised plan, ready for public review by late 2019. Once finalized, the plan will go before the San Mateo City Council for consideration, and hopefully, approval.