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 Advisory Committee advises the RTC and member agencies on bicycle projects.
County-wide Bicycle Signage Program
The RTC funded development of a Santa Cruz County Bicycle Route Signage Program to direct cyclists to preferred and convenient bicycle facilities when navigating through the county’s roadways. Directing cyclists to preferred routes will increase traffic safety for all street users and will encourage cycling in Santa Cruz County. The Bicycle Route Signage Program target audience includes bicycle riders of all persuasions — commuters, families, recreational riders, and visitors. To achieve program goals, signs will be placed on bicycle routes that link common origins and destinations throughout Santa Cruz County as identified in the Bicycle Route Signage Program- 2015 Implementation Plan.The Bicycle Route Signage- 2015 Implementation Plan sets up the methodology for selecting routes, lists Phase I bicycle routes, defines standards signs, establishes sign design guidelines, and describes scenarios for project delivery. The Bicycle Route Signage Program is expected to be implemented over time as resources become available.
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/Bicycle Coordinator