Vision Zero Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz Considers Vision Zero

On Monday, July 16th, the Santa Cruz Transportation and Public Works Commission considered adopting a Vision Zero policy for the City of Santa Cruz. The Commission formed an Ad-Hoc Subcommittee that will work over the next 6 months to formulate a recommendation to City Council to adopt a Vision Zero Policy with specific outcomes and goals. We expect the Santa Cruz City Council to take action in December 2018 and we need your help! Do you want to contribute to the Vision Zero Santa Cruz campaign fund? 

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What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe — and now it's gaining momentum in American cities. 


Vision Zero is an approach that requires new strategies to create safer streets for all. Adopting a Vision Zero policy helps:

  • Build and sustain leadership, collaboration, and accountability – especially among a diverse group of stakeholders to include transportation professionals, policymakers, public health officials, police, and community members;
  • Collect, analyze, and use data to understand trends and potential disproportionate impacts of traffic deaths on certain populations;
  • Prioritizes equity and community engagement;
  • Manages speed to safe levels; and
  • Sets a timeline to achieve zero traffic deaths and serious injuries, which brings urgency and accountability, and ensures transparency on progress and challenges.

More than 30 cities across the U.S. have adopted a Vision Zero policy including San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Luis Obispo. For more information visit

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Help make San Lorenzo Valley bike-friendly!

San Lorenzo Valley / Highway 9 Corridor Plan

Would you walk and bike on Highway 9 if it were safer? The Regional Transportation Commission has drafted a plan to do just that. They're proposing improvements on the section of Highway 9 that connects the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek and parallel and connecting streets, roadways, and paths.

The following list is the SLV / Hwy 9 Corridor Plan identified projects, each with potential variations. 

  1. Improved bicycle and pedestrian connection – Henry Cowell State Park to Felton
  2. More organized parking/frontage in downtown Felton
  3. Bicycle and pedestrian access at Graham Hill Road intersection
  4. Bicycle and pedestrian connection to SLV schools from central Felton
  5. Transit and sidewalk access improvements SLV school entrance to Fall Creek Drive
  6. Improved bicycle and pedestrian connection from schools north to El Solyo Heights Drive
  7. Crossing and Pedestrian Improvements at/to Mill Street/Highway 9 in Ben Lomond 
  8. Pathway on SW side of SR 9 from Quality Inn/bridge south to Mill Street in Ben Lomond
  9. Add crosswalk bulb-outs in downtown Boulder Creek 
  10. Sidewalk seating and storefront improvements in downtown Boulder Creek

Read more about the plan here:

Bike Santa Cruz County wants to hear from you! We are working to identify the community's top priorities and will be holding a meeting on September 20, 2017, at 6 - 7:30 pm at the San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School. We will work with our partners at the Regional Transportation Commission to ensure your voices are heard. Sign-up for email updates below.

Campaign Kickoff Meeting

Location: SLV Elementary School, 7155 CA-9, Felton, CA 95018
Date: Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm


  • What is the SLV/Hwy 9 Corridor Plan?
  • What are the challenges of implementing the projects outlined in the plan?
  • We want to hear from you! Which projects are the most important to you?
  • How are you willing to help us?

Bike Santa Cruz County will be working in the San Lorenzo Valley in the next several months to make sure your voice is being heard. If you are interested in being part of our field team, please email

Not able to donate time? Please consider contributing $5, $10, or $20 to help fund Bike Santa Cruz County's work in the San Lorenzo Valley.

Weigh-in: County-wide Project Priorities

In November 2016, Santa Cruz County voters approved Measure D, a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund transportation projects including Highway 1 bike and pedestrian bridges at Chanticleer and Mar Vista Drive, road repairs, Coastal Rail Trail design, review, and construction, and a Highway 17 wildlife crossing. Additionally, each jurisdiction will receive discretionary funds to repair and maintain roads as well as implement bike and pedestrian projects.

Bike Santa Cruz County will work to ensure cyclists needs are met, but we need your input. Below is a list of projects we believe to be top priorities in each jurisdiction. Please review each project list, and complete the survey at the bottom of the page. Your feedback is crucial to serving the community. Thank you!

Measure D Neighborhood Funds: Project Priorities

Scotts Valley

  • Intersection improvements at Scotts Valley Drive and Glenwood Drive
  • Protected bike lane pilot on Scotts Valley Drive
  • Glen Canyon and Green Hills shoulder upgrades
  • Budget for bike parking installations


  • Protected bike lanes on Freedom Blvd.
  • Pave slough trails
  • Add signage and access ramps to levee trails
  • Pajaro Valley HS Connector Trail
  • Green lane treatment pilot program
  • Greenway Route Program for Safe Routes to Schools
  • Budget for bike parking installations

Santa Cruz

  • Increase budget for bike parking installations
  • Segment 7 of the Coastal Rail Trail
  • Bay Corridor specifically Lower Bay
  • Trestle Bridge improvements
  • Water Street Corridor improvements
  • Green lane treatments at Soquel Avenue and Capitola Road

County of Santa Cruz

Budget for bike parking installations

District 1: Live Oak, Soquel, Soquel Hills

  • Fill in bike lane gap on Soquel Drive between Main Street and Robertson Street
  • Protected bike lanes on 17th Avenue from Brommer Street to Portola Avenue
  • Protected bike lanes on Brommer Street from 7th Avenue to 41st Avenue

District 2: Aptos, Seascape, La Selva, Corralitos, Freedom, Pajaro Dunes

  • Green lane treatments at the State Park Drive and Highway 1 interchange
  • Protected bike lane pilot program on Soquel Drive from Main Street to Mar Vista Elementary

District 4: Watsonville, Salsipuedes, Aromas

  • Repave levee trails, add signage, and improve access points
  • Buffered bike lanes on Freedom Blvd. between Corralitos Road and Watsonville City Limits

District 5: Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek

  • Sidewalk or bike path and signage on Cooper Street and Gushee Street
  • Sidewalk or bike path and signage on Hwy 9 from Laurel Drive to San Lorenzo HS

Yet to be determined:

  • Capitola
  • Rail Trail

Click here to give your feedback

Support Green Lane Treatments in the City of Santa Cruz by May 12th!

Bike Santa Cruz County won a campaign last year to fund the first green lane treatments in the City of Santa Cruz, and this year we're working for more! Funding for green lane treatments is on the agenda at next Tuesday's Santa Cruz City Council meeting, and we need your support. Contact your City Council members by Tuesday, May 12th to ask them to keep funding for green lane treatments in their 2016-2018 transportation budget, and let them know where you would like to see the next green lanes (see sample letter below). We're also looking for folks to speak at the meeting—if you would like to speak, contact Amelia at (831) 425-0665 or

Green lane treatments are a low-cost way to improve conditions for people on bikes. The green is used to highlight “conflict zones”, places where the traffic lane and bike lanes cross, which lets drivers know where to expect people on bikes and makes cyclists more visible on the road. The first green lane treatments in Santa Cruz County were installed last fall in Soquel Village, and more were installed on Laurel Street in Santa Cruz in early 2015.

Tuesday's meeting is the first step in the City of Santa Cruz budget process—the final decisions will be made during budget hearings, May 26-28. We'll keep you posted on the process and let you know if further support is needed.

Sample letter (send to

Dear Mayor Lane and Council members,

Please support $150,000 in funding in the Capital Improvement Program for green lane treatments. This is a low-cost way to for us to make our roadways safer and more comfortable for people on bikes. These treatments make me feel safer, whether I'm riding my bike or driving, by clarifying the rules of the road and letting drivers know where to expect people on bikes.

I can't wait to see green lanes at (insert your high-priority road or intersection here). Please approve this funding and make more green lane treatments a reality in Santa Cruz.


Mar Vista Bike-Pedestrian Bridge

Mar Vista Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

Bike Santa Cruz has worked to support a bike/pedestrian bridge over Hwy 1 Aptos since 2007. The bridge is part of the proposed Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. Funds for the bridge are already in place, but the project is delayed by Caltrans review of the auxiliary lanes project environmental review. Bike Santa Cruz continues to monitor the project and work with neighbors to build political support.

The Mar Vista bridge would connect the Seacliff neighborhood to Soquel businesses and provide a safe crossing over Highway 1 for students to Mar Vista Elementary School and Cabrillo. The bridge would also connect to a future rail trail. Now, anyone walking or biking from the Seacliff neighborhood must take State Park Drive, which is not pedestrian or bike friendly.

​Build the Coastal Rail Trail

Build the Coastal Rail Trail

The Coastal Rail Trail is a proposed 32-mile paved bike & pedestrian trail that will run parallel to the rail line from Davenport to Watsonville. The trail forms the spine of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, which includes an additional 18 miles of trails and will eventually connect to the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. The Coastal Rail Trail has been a top priority project for Bike Santa Cruz for more than a decade, and in partnership with Friends of the Rail & Trail, we continue to advocate for trail funding and construction.

After years of advocacy, the purchase of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) was approved in 2012. RTC Commissioners approved the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan in 2013, and funded the first two segments of trail in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. The Santa Cruz segment is 2.4-miles and runs through the Westside from Pacific Ave. to Natural Bridges Drive. The 4,000-foot Watsonville segment is near East Beach Street and connects local neighborhoods to the Watsonville Slough Trails. Projects are expected to be completed in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

For more information on the project and to view the complete Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan, visit the RTC's website:


Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network

Advocating for construction of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network, in conjunction with Friends of the Rail & Trail. The corridor was acquired in October 2012, and the Trail Network Master Plan was approved in November 2013. Two trail segments were funded in December 2013 and should be completed by 2017 - Westside Santa Cruz from Natural Bridges Drive to the Wharf, and in Watsonville near Beach Road.