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The Santa Cruz County Active Transportation Plan is a partnership between the County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department, County Public Health, Ecology Action, and Bike Santa Cruz County. The Active Transportation Plan will update the 2011 Bicycle Plan and provide a roadmap for future improvements for walking and bicycling in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. 

Public input is the foundation of the planning process and will be gathered through community outreach events, public meetings, and online comments. Following the public input phase in fall 2020, the planning team will develop a list of infrastructure and program recommendations to improve safety and encourage walking and bicycling. The County of Santa Cruz has also recently developed a Safe Routes to Schools Plan for 13 County schools, and projects from the Safe Routes to Schools Plan will be included in the Active Transportation Plan.

Get Involved!


Tell us about hazards, crashes, near misses or safe places that you've experienced while walking or bicycling in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Follow the instructions in the Street Story map below to share your input. Please note that this plan is for unincorporated Santa Cruz County and does not include the cities of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola or Watsonville. Make comments in the blue boundary in the map below. 

Have an idea for a new project you would like to see , such as a sidewalk, new bike lane or lighting? Select the location in Street Story, click "hazard" and leave your idea in the comment box.


Take our 5-minute survey to share any concerns you have about walking and bicycling in Santa Cruz County. Respondents will be entered to win a $50 gift card to local businesses!

Take a Quick Survey

Virtual Public Meetings

Join us for a virtual public meeting to learn more about the planning process, share your concerns, and suggest ways to make walking and biking in Santa Cruz County safer, easier, and more fun. Spanish translation will be provided.

October 20th from 6-7:30pm: Live Oak & Soquel Virtual Meeting Link

October 21st from 6-7:30pm: Aptos/Rio Del Mar/La Selva Beach Virtual Meeting Link

October 28th from 6-7:30pm: South County (Corralitos, Calabassas, Green Valley Corridor, Amesti) Virtual Meeting Link 

**Watch the recording of the October 20th Live Oak & Soquel meeting here

In spring of 2021, the planning team will host several pop-up infrastructure demonstrations throughout the County. Pop-ups are temporary installations of traffic safety improvements, such as crosswalks or bike lanes, that give the community a chance to try out new infrastructure and give feedback on whether it should be made permanent. Stay tuned for information on pop-up dates and locations. 

The final plan is expected to be completed in early 2022 and will be used to guide future improvements and to help the County secure grant funding for project construction. This project is funded by a Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant through Caltrans and SB1, as well as local matching funds.

What's Next

Public Meetings

Public Outreach

Pop-Up Demos

Final Plan

Spring 2021

Early 2022

Fall 2020

Fall 2020

In partnership with:

Amelia Conlen



Alejandra Belalcazar-Salce

Outreach Specialist


877 Cedar St. #201, Santa Cruz, California 95060

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