As part of the ongoing commitment to multi-modal transportation, the RTC’s work program includes bicycle program planning and implementation. While the RTC does not construct bicycle facilities, the agency provides critical funding and review of bicycle project plans. The RTC implements a number of programs available to the public which are described in the bicycle services page.
Bicycle Advisory Committee
The RTC’s Bicycle Committee advises the RTC and member agencies on bicycle projects.
County-wide Bicycle Signage Program
The RTC recently funded developing a County-Wide Bicycle Signage program to direct cyclists to preferred and convenient bicycle facilities when navigating through the county’s roadways. Directing cyclists to safer routes will increase traffic safety for all street users and will encourage cycling in Santa Cruz County maximizing the existing transportation network, promoting non-emission generating trips by diverting short distance automobile trips to bicycling trips and improving our community members health and well-being. A bicycle route signage system will also serve the areas many visitors visit and will further promote Santa Cruz as a tourist destination for the increasing number of eco-tourists. Many other counties in the United States with significant bicycle use have implemented similar systems including Santa Barbara, Berkeley and Oakland in California and Portland, Oregon.
The program will be developed over the coming years.
Sample signs that may be considered for the bikeway signage in Santa Cruz County
Funding for Bicycle Facility Improvements
The RTC secures and provides funding for many infrastructure improvement projects such as bicycle paths and lanes, bike/pedestrian bridges, and road rehabilitation projects which improve riding conditions for cyclists. See the Regional Transportation Improvement Program for a list of the RTC’s funding commitments for bicycle related projects. A sampling of funded projects include:
- Mar Vista Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Across Highway 1
- City of Santa Cruz- San Lorenzo Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge (ribbon cutting pictured above)
- City of Scotts Valley- Bean Creek Road Bike Path
- City of Watsonville- Watsonville Wetlands Trail
- County of Santa Cruz- Amesti Road Safe Routes to School
Senior Transportation Planner