Final City of Palo Alto Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan, 2012

In May 2003, Palo Alto was designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. This designation ranks Palo Alto with only ten other "Gold Level" communities. The City of Palo Alto strives to reach the “Platinum Level”, which only three other cities have reached (Portland OR, Davis, CA and Boulder, CO). The award is only presented to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. 

The League cited Palo Alto's strong commitment to education efforts and model policies in their commendation. Palo Alto has been a leader in the development of innovative bicycle projects and programs for over three decades. The basic grid of the City's bikeway system, now totals over 41 miles of bike lanes, 11 miles of off-road bike paths, and 11 bicycle bridges. Over the years, the network has been enhanced by unique and highly successful projects such as the Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard (the nation's first such facility), Adobe Creek Trail under Highway 101, regional Bay Trail, new bicycle bridges to adjacent communities, and installation of bicycle sensitive detection at signalized intersections.—from the City of Palo Alto bicycling pages of the Planning & Community Environment Program


This plan updates the 2003 plan.


The Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC) is a citizen advisory committee that reports to the Chief Transportation Official.


This is the Final Report adopted July 2012:


The 2012 City of Palo Alto Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan (BPTP 2012) strategically guides public and private investments in non-motorized transportation facilities and related programs. The Plan complies with state eligibility requirements for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds, as well as updates citywide priorities within the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Bicycle Expenditure Plan (BEP).

The BPTP 2012 expands the 2003 Bicycle Transportation Plan to include coverage of pedestrian issues, priorities, and design standards in addition to revising the proposed bikeway network and design guidelines. It will also be adopted as part of the City’s revised Comprehensive Plan Transportation Element, which is undergoing an update process in 2012. From planning citywide networks to reviewing private development proposals, the BPTP 2012 contains the policy vision, design guidance, and specific recommendations to increase walking and biking rates to ambitious (yet achievable levels) over the next decade and beyond – rates that will be instrumental in helping achieve local and regional targets for accommodating new growth, maintaining mobility, and reducing overall environmental impacts.