The Bay Area has some of the worst traffic conditions in the state, and driving to work, school, and errands each day can have negative impacts on your health, your wallet, and the environment. Luckily, with only a couple of small changes, you can make a big impact. By changing at least one trip to walking or biking, you can improve your health, save money on gas and vehicle maintenance, and prevent the release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Our Biking in San Mateo County Brochure has helpful tips in English and Spanish to make your ride safer, easier, and more fun!
The County’s Active Transportation Program supports policies and programs that reduce traffic congestion and encourage more bicycling and walking. The Office of Sustainability staffs the County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and oversees bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement programs.
Unincorporated San Mateo County Active Transportation Plan
The County is working to develop an Active Transportation Plan to help determine priorities for walking and biking improvements in unincorporated San Mateo County. The plan, which is the first of its kind for unincorporated San Mateo County, will also give planners, engineers, advocates, and decision-makers the tools they need to build safe, comfortable, and convenient facilities for walking and biking. Stay up to date on the plan’s progress and learn about ways you can provide input on the plan, including through the County’s interactive bikeways map, by visiting the Active Transportation Plan website.
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 2019, the count period was September 10th — 15th. Thank you to all the volunteers that participated in the 2019 count! We’re working to compile and map the 2019 results. In the meantime, check out the count results from 2018, 2017 and 2016 on the interactive count map.
San Mateo County Bikeways Web Map
We want to hear from you! We developed the San Mateo County Bikeways Web Map as a tool to collect public input on existing countywide bikeways, and are now using it to collect input for the Unincorporated San Mateo County Active Transportation Plan. Visit smcbikeways.org to provide input about biking and walking destinations, barriers, and routes.
County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (SMCBPAC) reviews policies, programs and priorities in unincorporated areas of the county to improve walking and bicycling. 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!
The SMCBPAC meets on the third Thursday of even numbered months at 7:00 pm at the San Mateo Martin Luther King Community Center Conference Room (wheelchair accessible). Martin Luther King Community Center is located at 725 Monte Diablo Avenue in the City of San Mateo.