Pedestrian Master Plan

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Final Public Draft Pedestrian Master Plan 

The City of Santa Clara is pleased to announce the Final Public Draft Pedestrian Master Plan is now ready to view and download. This has been a yearlong effort in the making, as the City’s first Pedestrian Master Plan began in Fall 2018. The Plan was prepared in collaboration with the Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the consulting firm Alta Planning + Design. Thank you to our BPAC and the community for providing such great feedback and input on this plan. This plan will ultimately establish a long-term vision for improving walking in Santa Clara through policy, program, and project recommendations. This version of the plan is scheduled for consideration at the upcoming BPAC meeting on October 28, 2019 and scheduled for City Council consideration in Winter 2020.

Download and view the final plan

 The City of Santa Clara is beginning to develop its first Pedestrian Master Plan, and has selected Alta Planning + Design (Alta) to assist with the process.  The plan will identify opportunities for pedestrian improvements through project recommendations necessary to:

  • expand the existing network;
  • complete network gaps;
  • provide greater connectivity to public transportation;
  • increase mobility; and
  • encourage the public to choose more sustainable modes of transportation. 

Implementation of this plan will make walking a more viable transportation option in Santa Clara, and will reduce environmental impacts while making the community healthier and safer.

There will be several opportunities to engage and provide feedback throughout this process.  An online survey will be available soon that allows members of the community to comment on locations and corridors in need of improvement.  

Additionally, please join us at our first round of Community Workshops in late November/early December 2018 to learn about the Pedestrian Master Plan and discuss with City staff your experience walking in Santa Clara.

An approximate schedule for the development, community outreach events, and adoption of the plan is shown below.


Pedestrian Master Plan Timeline

City Stakeholder Meetings

On top of meeting with the public, the City has been meeting with many of the stakeholders for this project.  From October 2018 through January 2019, Santa Clara met with the stakeholders to present and receive initial ideas for the Pedestrian Master Plan.  The project team met with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the Senior Advisory Commission, the ADA Committee, and the Youth Commission.  The project team gained valuable feedback from each committee and commission regarding walking issues and locations most relevant to their constituency.  The PowerPoint presented at these meetings can be viewed below.

Presentation at the Senior Advisory Commission

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pedestrian Master Plan Booth

On Friday, December 7, 2018, Santa Clara held its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Central Park.  The Pedestrian Master Plan had a booth at the event to continue its engagement with members of the community to hear about possible issues encountered while walking within Santa Clara.

The goal of this pop-up event was to continue gathering input for and raise awareness of the Pedestrian Master Plan.  Throughout the course of the event, over 130 members of the public were engaged about the plan.  The outreach team was stationed at one of the community booths on the Kiely Boulevard side of the park, in front of the Holiday Tree.

Your next opportunity to provide feedback on the Pedestrian Master Plan will be at the second Community Meeting on January 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northside Branch Library in the Northside Community Room.  City staff is looking forward to speaking to the community at this event about this important project.

Ped Master Plan 1Tree Lighting Ceremony - Ped Master Plan Booth                             Ped Master Plan 2Tree Lighting Ceremony - Ped Master Plan Booth No. 2

Community Workshop #1 and #2

Thank you to all of those that were able to join us for the Pedestrian Master Plan’s first round of workshops.  These workshops were held at the Central Park and Northside Branch Libraries in December 2018 and January 2019, respectively.  The workshops introduced the project and provided a platform for you to share your experience walking in Santa Clara.  This initial feedback will be used to inform the Plan's existing conditions review, needs analysis, and project recommendations.  The link to the PowerPoint presentation given at both of the workshops is here.

Walking Tours

The project team led three walking tours with Santa Clara residents in March 2019 to examine barriers to walking and to explore how safety improvements, urban design, and connectivity can make Santa Clara a more walkable city. The walking tours were located at three different locations across the city.

  • Central Park/ Kiely Boulevard Walking Tour– Walking tour participants explored the neighborhood connections around Central Park, and looked at intersections along Kiely Boulevard, a high injury corridor in the city.
  • Downtown/ Mission Library Walking Tour– This walking tour took participants through the downtown area exploring connections between Santa Clara University, Mission Library, the Senior Center, and Franklin Square. Walking Tour Participants highlighted areas where they would like to see additional wayfinding for pedestrians to feel a greater sense of place in the area.
  • Agnew Neighborhood Walking Tour—Walking tour participants explored connectivity between the residential neighborhood of Agnew and nearby destinations, such as Levi’s Stadium and the Great America Transit Center. Participants looked at how pedestrian access to this area can improve with upcoming projects such as the Hetch Hetchy Trail extension and the City Place project. 

Walking Tour Group                         Walking Tour Group

Vision, Goals, and Policies

Vision Goal Policies PresentationAlta Planning + Design presented the draft Vision, Goals, and Policies of the Pedestrian Master Plan to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) on Monday, March 25, 2019. To achieve the vision for a more walkable Santa Clara, the Pedestrian Master Plan includes goals and policies to make the pedestrian environment safe, comfortable, convenient, active, and implementable. To measure progress in meeting these goals, the City will aim to increase pedestrian travel mode to work share from 4% today to 8% by 2027. The BPAC commented that safety and education should be top priorities in the plan.  The PowerPoint presented at the BPAC meeting can be viewed below, along with the draft Vision, Goals, and Policies.

Pedestrian Master Plan - Vision, Goal, Objectives Presentation

Pedestrian Master Plan: Vision, Goals, and Policies Draft

Revised Vision, Goals, and Policies

The draft Vision, Goals, and Policies of the Pedestrian Master Plan was presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) at their March 2019 meeting. BPAC, along with any public comments, were accepted at the March 2019 meeting and considered for inclusion into the document. Below is the revised vision, goals, and policies document which was presented at BPAC’s June 2019 meeting.

Pedestrian Master Plan - Vision, Goals, and Policies Revised Draft

Draft Project Recommendations

The City of Santa Clara is pleased to share the draft project recommendations and infrastructure “toolbox” for the Pedestrian Master Plan. The infrastructure “toolbox” provides the type of improvements that could be implemented at the study locations.  Projects were developed based on public input collected from the online survey, pop-up events, community meetings, and walking tours. In addition, the results of the connectivity and needs and gaps analysis were also used to develop the projects. 

Pedestrian Master Plan - Draft Project Recommendation

Pedestrian Master Plan - Infrastructure Toolbox 

Pop-Up Events

In July 2019, the City hosted two mobile workshop events to gather input on the draft recommendations for the Pedestrian Master Plan. The events were held on Tuesday, July 16 at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and on Saturday, July 20 at the Northside Branch Library. Across the two events, the project team heard input on additional intersections to study within the nine pedestrian priority zones. Attendees also provided input on subjects such as improving wayfinding elements in the downtown area, traffic calming on neighborhood streets, and additional crossings for seniors and families traveling to community centers and libraries.

Please stay tuned for the Public Draft Plan to be released in Fall 2019. 

Pop-Up Event 1             Pop-Up Event 2


Public Draft Pedestrian Master Plan 

The City of Santa Clara is pleased to share the public draft of the Pedestrian Master Plan, which is now available for review and comment. This draft version of the plan is the culmination of a year long effort to engage the community in the process of developing the plan through a series of public workshops and online tools for capturing input from residents and street network users.

Comments on the draft plan can be submitted in one of three ways:


Review the plan and meet with staff at the following public workshop: 

Santa Clara Mission Branch Library
1098 Lexington Street
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 


Provide your comments electronically through our online tool.


The community can also email comments to the City Project Manager, Carol Shariat, at

The public comment period will be from September 11, 2019 through October 2, 2019.

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