Active Transportation

About 13 percent of all trips in the county are made by bike and on foot, and many more walking and biking trips are made to connect to transit. To maximize the safety and comfort for people biking and walking in Alameda County, Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) is developing a Countywide Active Transportation Plan, which will serve as an update to our 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans. The Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans describe the state of walking and biking in Alameda County and establish a vision for a more walkable and bikeable county. They guide countywide funding policy and program decisions by establishing the countywide priorities for bicycle and pedestrian capital projects and programs, and a set of implementation actions. Bicycling and walking are essential components of the transportation system in Alameda County.


The first Alameda Countywide Active Transportation Plan (CATP) combines updates of the Countywide Bicycle Plan and Countywide Pedestrian Plan. The CATP serves two purposes: 1) At the countywide level, the CATP includes analysis of low stress bike networks, identifies a countywide high injury pedestrian and bicycle network, evaluates major barriers to the bicycle and pedestrian network, and establishes a framework for prioritizing projects of countywide significance to inform decision-making around active transportation funding at Alameda CTC. 2) At the local level, the CATP provides resources to member agencies to help advance projects that provide complete, safe, and connected networks for biking and walking, including better connections to the regional transit network.


The CATP focuses on four key goal areas that inform all components of the plan including the prioritization criteria, the programs and policy recommendations, and performance measures.
These goal areas are:
  • Safety: Increase the safety of people biking and walking in Alameda County by identifying projects, policies, and programs that address the greatest safety needs and by optimizing investments through corridor-level analyses, performance evaluation, and by following industry best practices.
  • Multimodal Connectivity: Create connected networks of streets and trails that enable people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike to meet their daily needs, including access to transit, work, school, and major activity centers.
  • Encouragement: Increase walking and biking in Alameda County through adoption of policies and implementation of programs that complement infrastructure improvements and encourage people to walk and bike for many different types of trips.
  • Impactful Investment: Invest public monies in projects and programs that maximize benefits for Alameda County’s transportation system, complement local and regional investments, and integrate walking and bicycling needs into all transportation planning activities.


The plan is divided into five parts, including a two-part appendices, all of which can be accessed below:

2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

The Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans were adopted in October 2012 by the Alameda CTC Commission. The plans and plan maps can be viewed here: Vision System Maps only: North | Central | South | East Vision Network Maps only: North | Central | South | East The 2012 plans identified 70 implementation actions. These actions provide concrete next steps to ensure the vision and goals of the plans are realized. Successful completion of these actions is subject to resource and funding availability as well as partnership with local jurisdictions, other public agencies and other organizations. The 2018 Active Transportation Plan will assess implementation progress on these actions and set forth a new action plan for the next 5-10 years.

2001 and 2006 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Alameda CTC provides bicycle/pedestrian technical assistance to local jurisdictions via publications, webinars, working groups, trainings and conferences.

Toolkits, White Papers, and Best Practice Research

Alameda CTC has developed various resources to assist local jurisdictions in different aspects of bicycle and pedestrian planning. For any inquiries about these resources contact 
Chris G. Marks, Alameda CTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information-Sharing Forums

Alameda CTC hosts information sharing forums that are of interest to local jurisdiction staff in advancing bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs in their communities. There is no established schedule for these forums as they are organized on an “as needed” basis. Below are some of the forums Alameda CTC has conducted: Bicycle and pedestrian coordinators who wish to propose or organize a future forum or to obtain materials from past forums may contact 
Chris G. Marks, Alameda CTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator

Training and Conferences

Alameda CTC occasionally holds workshops and conferences to inform local jurisdictions and other interested parties about developments in bicycle and pedestrian policy and practice. Past events include: