Active Transportation

We encourage more bicycling and walking to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce traffic congestion. Sustainability is a way of life!

If you’re tired of sitting in traffic, try walking or biking! When you get around without driving, you’re helping to prevent the release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Walking and bicycling helps save money on gas and vehicle maintenance. It’s also a great way to exercise and improve health and well-being, which means that you can even save on your gym membership!

The County’s Active Transportation Program supports policies and programs that reduce traffic congestion and encourage more bicycling and walking. Priorities for improvement are identified in the Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Active Transportation Program staffs the County-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and oversees bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement programs.

Annual San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project is a nationwide effort to provide data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and the general public. The goal is to provide accurate and consistent documentation on usage and demand, and encourage investments in transportation modes other than the private automobile.

For 2017, the count period is September 12th — 17th. We need dedicated volunteers like you to help us with our effort! Volunteers are needed for the in-field data collection component. This means that you get to be outside enjoying a couple of hours in the beautiful, mid-peninsula weather while recording those who walk and bike past. Each shift is two hours and you can indicate your location and time preferences.

How to participate:

  1. Register here: After registering, we will send a volunteer packet with your assigned count locations and times based on your noted preferences (allow up to two weeks for this).
  2. Attend a training webinar. The next live webinar will be on Wednesday, September 6th at 2pm. Details regarding this webinar will be sent out via email. If you can’t attend this webinar you can view a recording of the August 30th webinar here.
  3. Count at your designated site, date and time.
  4. Send results to the Office of Sustainability within 72 hours of your last count date.

Email or call 650-599-1420 with any questions.

County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (SMCBPAC) reviews policies, programs and priorities to improve walking and bicycling locally. We create an annual plan focused on neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of the county. Committee members talk to residents to get their input on walking and bicycling issues. The feedback we get from you allows us to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Let’s work together to make San Mateo County a better place to walk and bike!

Meetings of the SMCBPAC are held on the third Thursday of even numbered months (excluding December). The meetings begin at 7:00 pm at San Mateo City Hall, Conference Room C. San Mateo City Hall is located at 330 West 20th Street, City of San Mateo, California. More information can be found at the San Mateo County Boards and Commissions website.

2017 Meeting Schedule

  • January 19, 2017 – Special Meeting
  • February 16, 2017
  • April 20, 2017
  • June 15, 2017 – CANCELED
  • July 10, 2017 – Special Meeting
  • August 17, 2017
  • October 19, 2017

The Committee meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Additional meetings may be set by the Committee as needs arise. Agendas are set and publicized for each meeting. Materials for each meeting are posted below:

Meeting Date Meeting Materials
August 17, 2017Meeting Agenda Packet
July 10, 2017Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: County Project Submissions for C/CAG TDA Article 3 Funds
June 15, 2017Meeting Canceled
Cancellation Notice
April 20, 2017 Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: Office of Education Safe Routes to School
Presentation: Parents for Safe Routes
February 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: Sand Hill Road/280 Bike Lane Improvements
January 19, 2017 Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: San Mateo County Health System's Collision Report
Presentation: Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's Vision Zero Initiative
October 20, 2016Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: San Mateo Countywide Transportation Plan
Handout: Santa Cruz Ave Parking Restrictions
Handout: Public Comments on Santa Cruz Ave Parking Restrictions
Handout: Santa Cruz Ave Bike Collision Hotspots
September 29, 2016 Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: 2016/2017 Work Plan
July 14, 2016 Meeting Agenda Packet
Presentation: Brown Act Training
Presentation: Office of Sustainability Overview
Presentation Committee Administration and Purpose
Presentation: Active Transportation Overview