Active Transportation is...
Active transportation includes any form of human-powered transportation: walking, running, cycling, using a wheelchair, skateboard, scooter, and more, to get around town for errands, shopping, or business. More people choose active modes to get around town where there are sidewalks, trails, and bicycle facilities that are safe and convenient. Communities throughout San Mateo County are constructing walkable downtowns and safe routes to schools, helping reduce traffic congestion and increasing community health.
How can I get involved?
Neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and community groups all over San Mateo County are taking action to encourage walking, bicycling, and other active modes. Have an idea? Contact the Active Transportation Coordinator at (650) 599-1420. Here are some examples of events and links to get started:
Safe Routes to School – Safe Routes to School (SRTS) San Mateo County is a countywide program offered by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE). The goal of the program is to encourage and enable school children to walk and bicycle to school by implementing projects and activities that improve the health, well-being, and safety of children and result in less traffic congestion and emissions caused by school-related travel.
New! Walking and Bicycling Safety Curriculum training and certificate available teachers of grades 4 and 5.
International Walk to School Month- October, 2015
Schools throughout San Mateo County will be celebrating Walk to School Day, and many will continue special Walking Days throughout the month. Children who walk to school arrive energized and ready to learn. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership can help you find out how to start a Walking School Bus at your school.
The Active Access Collaborative is a collaboration of San Mateo County, local recreation departments, and non-profit community partners. Active Access promotes healthy physical activity in each community throughout the county. Check out the calendar of events and activities listed for each town or city. For Menlo Park "Passport to Parks", click here.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) promotes cycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties through advocacy for bike lanes, paths, racks, lockers, and celebrating bike culture with events and activities such as Bike to Work Day, Bike to Shop Day, and more. Register for the Silicon Valley Bike Summit taking place on August 26, 2015.
What are some goals for Active Transportation?
One goal of creating the Active Transportation Coordinator position is to enhance government policies and programs to address traffic congestion while adding a few more minutes of healthy activity to daily life. Helping people make more of their daily short trips by walking or using bicycles or by making a few trips by bus or train will save taxpayers’ money in the long run. Short trips of less than one mile make up 20 percent of our traffic. It often takes less time to walk half a mile (10 minutes) than to drive and find parking, but without infrastructure and information, many might continue to make those short trips by car.
What types of trips can be converted to Active modes?
Removing a small percentage of cars from the roads can dramatically improve the flow of traffic at peak times. Seventy percent of the trips we make each day are for shopping, school, errands or other non-work purposes. Many of these are short trips. Shifting a few of those to walking cleans up the air and leaves some parking spaces for those who still have to drive.
How is this position improving the bicycle and pedestrian network?
One role of the Active Transportation Coordinator is to act as a resource for city and county staff to implement the priorities and projects identified in the Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Active Transportation Coordinator staffs the county-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and administers grant programs to build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. This position was funded starting in 2014 by a partnership of the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG), the Transportation Authority, and the County of San Mateo.