Bicycle Services

Bicycle Services & Resources

Towards its goal of creating an integrated multi-modal transportation network, the Regional Transportation Commission provides a variety of services to support bicycling in Santa Cruz County.

In addition to the programs administered directly, the RTC is also the major funder of the following programs: Bike To Work, Community Traffic Safety Coalition and its Watsonville Vision Zero Task Force, and the Ride ‘n Stride program. These programs provide safety education and promote bicycling as transportation.

Bicycle Resources

Santa Cruz County Bikeways Maps

The RTC’s bikeways map (2016) shows bicycle lanes, bicycle paths and alternate routes within Santa Cruz County. The map contains accurate and updated information on bicycle routes as well as topographic features, major attractions, schools, bike shops, parks, campgrounds and hostels. Detailed insets of the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Watsonville and the area from Santa Cruz to La Selva Beach are included. Key phone numbers, cycling resources and safety tips are shown in both English and Spanish. The 24″x36″ color map folds down to 4″x9″ making it easy to carry while riding a bike.

For a free printed map, pick one up at 1101 Pacific Ave Ste. 250, Santa Cruz, contact the RTC at (831) 460-3200 or e-mail Local organizations and businesses are encouraged to take multiple copies to distribute to the public.

Other RTC bike maps:

  • Countywide route wayfinding project, including web map (2020)
  • Special detailed bicycling maps (2018) covering either Central Watsonville or the downtown & Eastside areas of Santa Cruz. These maps feature additional attractions and destination zones, quiet street recommendations, and note streets with a downhill or uphill grade.

Bike Count Report

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) performed bicycle, pedestrian and motor vehicle counts at 10 locations throughout the county on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The October 2014 Bicycle, Pedestrian, Vehicle Occupancy and Motor Vehicle Count Report provides bike and mode split count results. This data was collected in order to measure bicycle ridership and pedestrian trends to monitor the progress of our county in moving towards a more sustainable transportation system.

In May 2012, the RTC partnered with the County of Santa Cruz Community Traffic Safety Coalition (CTSC) and the University of California Santa Cruz Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) program to perform bicycle, pedestrian and motor vehicle counts. The May 2012 Bike and Pedestrian Count Report provides a summary of the results of the May 2012 count, bike count trend data collected by the CTSC over the last ten years, recommendations for future count methodologies and a collection of the bike count data that has been collected in the county since 2000 during either the morning or evening commute periods.

Bicycle Safety

Reporting Bicycle Hazards

Notify us of obstacles or hazards that may inhibit bike or pedestrian travel by using the RTC’s Hazard Report. Reports are forwarded to the appropriate local jurisdiction for action and may be submitted at any time.

Three Feet for Safety Act

Sign: State law pass bike 3 ft minVehicle Code 21760 “Three Feet for Safety Act” went into effect in 2014. This code requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing people riding bikes. When passing with a three foot buffer is not possible, this law requires drivers to slow down to a safe and reasonable speed and wait to pass only when it was safe to do so. The law provides protections for bicyclists by recognizing their greater vulnerability and enforcing fines for infractions.

Bicycle Facilities

Bike Lockers

More than 100 bike lockers are available to rent in downtown Santa Cruz and at Pacific Transit Station, Santa Cruz Metro’s main bus transit center on Pacific Avenue. There are also 36 bike lockers at several locations on the UCSC main and coastal sciences campuses.

Additional Local Information

Bicycle Planning Resources

Bicycle Transportation Plans in Santa Cruz County

The RTC works with local jurisdictions to develop and certify Bicycle Transportation Plans. Adopted Bicycle Transportation Plans are required for local agencies to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account grant funding. The following local jurisdictions have adopted bicycle plans.

Visit the Complete Streets page and see the sidebar list of recent Complete Streets plans passed locally.

Bicycle Facility Planning and Design Guidelines

Reference guidelines are available to planners, advocates and the public to further understanding of bicycle facilities planning and design parameters. Please contact the Bicycle Coordinator regarding use and applicability of the guidelines linked below.

Other Community Bicycle Programs

RTC Contact

Tommy Travers
Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200