Bicycle Projects

Neal Coonerty and Sam Farr, with constituents, cut a ribbon to inaugurate the San Lorenzo River Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

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 is implementing a bicycle wayfinding 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 Implementation Plan establishes the preferred bicycle routes and establishes standards for sign design, placement and content.

Phase 1 of the Bicycle Route Signage Program is funded by an Active Transportation Program grant and is currently underway. In this Phase signs will be installed at over 350 locations throughout the County by 2020. Additionally, gaps in the Pacific Coast Route signage will be identified and addressed. Future phases of the Bicycle Route Signage Program are expected to be implemented over time as funding and resources become available.

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

RTC Contact

Cory Caletti
Senior Transportation Planner/Bicycle Coordinator
(831) 460-3200