Santa Cruz County Bicycle Route Signage Program

Santa Cruz County Bicycle Route Signage Program

Program Overview

Overview map of wayfinding sign locations county-wide

Overview of wayfinding sign locations county-wide (web bike route map is farther down this page!)

In an effort to increase bicycle ridership and safety in Santa Cruz County, the RTC installed bicycle wayfinding signage at 303 locations throughout the county. The signs will assist all types of bicycle riders – commuters, families, recreational riders and visitors – in finding and accessing 53 major destinations throughout the county. The revised routing of the long-distance Pacific Coast Route has also been signed.

Previously, there were few and inconsistent bicycle wayfinding signs in Santa Cruz County, so the RTC worked with community partners to identify and sign preferred routes that have connectivity to bicycle lanes or paths. The new signage will improve traffic safety by leading cyclists to better routes. The preferred routes include fully signed Regional and Local Routes as well as partially signed shorter Neighborhood Routes. The 2015 Implementation Plan includes more details on design standards and establishes the preferred bicycle routes.

Bicycle Route & Bikeways Web Map 

The bicycle route & bikeways web map (2020) shows the locations of all of the signs and maps out the preferred routes, as well as all the county’s bikeways. View the web map and start mapping your next ride.

Program Funding

The Bicycle Route Signage Program was funded primarily by a state Active Transportation Program grant, with partial funding also from the Transportation Development Act and the Regional Surface Transportation Program Exchange. Installations were phased beginning in 2019 and completed in October 2020.