City of Redwood City Promotes Active Transportation

For many years the City of Redwood City has supported active transportation by improving facilities for people who walk and bicycle. Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation, primarily walking or bicycling but also skating, skateboarding, and other methods. Many people combine active transportation and transit when they walk or bike to SamTrans and Caltrain. Redwood City’s newest form of active transportation is the Third Wheel Pedicab service scheduled to launch in downtown in January.

Increasingly Redwood City residents, workers, and visitors choose to walk and bike, particularly in downtown. Improved health due to physical activity and decreased traffic congestion are just a couple of the many benefits of active transportation. The downtown core supports a car-free lifestyle with quick and easy access to restaurants, retailers including grocery stores and pharmacies, a post office, an award-winning library, live theatre, cinema, art galleries, mass transit and much more.

Redwood City’s improvements earned a Walk Friendly Communities award (silver level) and a Bicycle Friendly Community award (bronze level). Recent active transportation projects include:

Broadway Improvement Project — The City removed the raised center median on Broadway between Theatre Way and Jefferson Avenue and installed a green bike lane and bike box to make riding safer and more convenient. A bike box, painted in green, designates the space where cyclists may position themselves ahead of vehicles while waiting for a green light at an intersection.

Brewster Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project — A new bike box, a green bike lane, curb bulb-outs, median refuge islands and bike detectors for the traffic signal help increase safety for everyone and slow down traffic.

Hudson Street Pedestrian and Bike Improvement Project

The City installed a new peak-period bike lane on Hudson Street. Peak-period bike lanes, also called part-time or clearway bike lanes, are used on roads where on-street parking is restricted during peak traffic hours. This is the case on Hudson Street where parking is not permitted from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lane striping that visually narrows a street often causes drivers to reduce their speeds, even though the actual width stays the same. The new dashed white line on Hudson Street (between Hopkins and Jefferson Avenues) serves this purpose and it also outlines the space for residential on-street parking. The peak-period bike lane is designated by the solid white line. These dynamic, combination bicycle-parking lanes serve both parked cars and cyclists, but at different times. During peak traffic hours when parking is not allowed, the bike lanes are used only by bicyclists. During off-peak hours when parking is permitted, the bicyclists move to share the traffic lane.

Managers Mobility Partnership — The City partnered with three Silicon Valley cities (Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park), Stanford University, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley to address transportation challenges facing our communities. The senior managers of these agencies agreed they cannot tackle their transportation issues in isolation, so they are working together within a framework of collaboration and cooperation. Since its formation in May 2016 the Partnership has begun working on bicycle infrastructure across their communities, including:

  • Discussing options for a flexible regional bike sharing system suitable for Peninsula cities along the Caltrain corridor; and
  • Filling the gaps in regional north-south bike corridors and improving the connections between the communities, to provide an interconnected regional bicycle network.

The group also engages Stanford students from the public policy and engineering programs to provide research and policy analysis. Read more about the partnership here.

Citywide Transportation Plan — Worried about people speeding? Finding parking when you go out to dinner? Getting your kids to school safely? How our streets will accommodate growth? So are we! Redwood City chose transportation consulting firm Fehr & Peers to help tackle these challenging issues through creation of a Citywide Transportation Plan. The Plan will evaluate how the transportation system is currently working, engage our residents and businesses to identify concerns and solutions, and rank transportation projects based on community priorities. All forms of transportation will be considered (walking, biking, transit, and driving) keeping everyone’s needs in mind including children, elders, residents, and all who call Redwood City their home, workplace, or destination. Over the next year you’ll have many opportunities to learn about and contribute to the Plan, so be on the lookout for announcements via the City’s website and social media posts. If you want to be contacted directly please email us at TransportationPlan@redwoodcity.org. For more information about the Citywide Transportation Plan read the blog post.

For more transportation information visit Redwood City’s transportation web page.