Welcome to the El Camino Real Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan!

The Town of Colma received a grant from the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Program to improve safety and mobility for people who walk and bike along El Camino Real, and to increase access to public transportation. Currently, El Camino Real in Colma has many challenges, particularly for those walking and biking. To address this, we are developing a bicycle and pedestrian improvement plan, and we want to know what you think! Improvements to the corridor will enhance safety, encourage the use of sustainable transportation, and provide better connectivity to BART stations and bus stops to improve overall quality of life.

A Town of Colma welcome sign is located on a grassy median strip of El Camino Real.
Welcome to the Town of Colma

What’s Happening Now?

Check out our roadway design concepts and let us know what you think! 

A green El Camino Real street sign with a SamTrans bus passing by in the background
Help us make it safer to walk and bike and improve access to your local bus stops. 

About the Plan

The El Camino Real Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan will identify walking and biking improvements on El Camino Real in Colma, from Daly City to South San Francisco. We want to enhance comfort, safety, access, and convenience for people walking and biking. Improving ways to walk and bike not only enhances your overall quality of life, but also helps us reach our sustainability goals!

Why do we need the plan?

Segments of El Camino Real in Colma are challenging to access by walking, biking, or public transit. El Camino Real has no bicycle facilities and, in some areas, there are no walkways or the walking paths are not accessible for all people. This lack of multimodal facilities presents a barrier for safe and efficient travel. This plan will assess ways for how the corridor can be improved to provide safe paths of travel for people who choose to walk or bike.

What's being considered in the plan?

The plan will identify ways for improving walking and biking in the Town of Colma and will consider safety, comfort, accessibility, and convenience. Traffic congestion and parking occupancy levels will also be considered.

What is the process for developing the plan?

The plan will be developed in partnership with Caltrans and local and regional stakeholders. We will also incorporate input from the community, which we will gather at different stages throughout the process. First, we reviewed the existing transportation conditions along the corridor and asked the community to identify their priorities for El Camino Real. Based on these findings, we developed three conceptual design alternatives for El Camino Real. In Spring 2020, we are presenting these concepts to the community, Caltrans, and City Council to identify a preferred design. After this, we will prepare a Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan and present to Caltrans and City Council for approval. Finally, we will work with Caltrans to identify potential funding sources for implementation.

How will the plan be used?

The plan will outline the infrastructure changes along El Camino Real that are needed to improve walking and biking along the corridor. The final plan will include a preliminary cost estimate, an implementation strategy, design concept, potential funding sources, partnerships and programs. We will use the plan for guidance on how and when recommendations will be implemented.  

Project Timeline

Summer 2019

Existing conditions evaluation

  • Data gathering & field observations
  • Identify existing facilities
  • Review plans, previous studies & planned improvements

Summer-Winter 2019

Community outreach phase 1

  • Understand community priorities
  • Identify constraints and opportunities

Project alternatives development

Spring-Summer 2020

Community outreach phase 2

  • Present three design alternatives
  • Identify preferred alternative

Community outreach phase 3

  • Present preferred alternative design concept
  • Request input on design elements

Fall 2020-Winter 2021

  • Complete preliminary design plan and report
  • Identify grant funding for design
  • City Council for approval and adoption

What we heard

In 2019, we reached out to the Colma community to understand your experience traveling on El Camino Real in Colma. We heard a lot of valuable information—thank you for partcipating! We asked for your input on project goals and improvements the community would like to see prioritized along El Camino Real in Colma.

We also asked you to share specific improvements you would like to see at certain locations, and barriers that prevent you from traveling by bike or on foot in this area. We reviewed those, along with recommendations from previous studies and existing transportation conditions.

Comparing the alternatives

Expand the sections below to learn about the cross‐section alternatives we’re considering to improve travel on El Camino Real. There are alternatives for Segment A , from Albert M Teglia Boulevard to Mission Road, and Segment B, from Mission Road to Arlington Drive. As you review these, please compare the design and tradeoffs for the alternatives.

Existing Cross-Sections

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El Camino and Mission Road (Y Intersection) Potential Improvements

During the first phase of the project, the Y intersection was identified as a location in particular need of improvements. Based on an analysis of existing transportation conditions, a review of recommendations from previous studies, and input gathered from the community, we identified a set of recommendations for intersection improvements.

Existing Conditions

Current aerial of intersection of El Camino Real and Mission Rd. It is in the shape of Y so is referred to as a Y Intersection. safety issues include: missing sidewalks, unsafe crossings, no bike facilities, and speeding
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Intersection Issues

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High-risk intersection

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Missing sidewalk

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Poor visibility

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Wide travel lanes

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Unsafe crossing

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No bicycle facility

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Difficulty in making left turns from southbound El Camino Real to Mission Road

Potential Improvements

Aerial of the same intersection, El Camino Real and Mission Road, with conceptual improvements added. Potential improvements include squaring up the intersection to improve visibility, installing a traffic signal, adding high-visibility crosswalks.
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Key Safety Improvements

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Square-up intersections to improve sight lines and shorten crossing distance, reduce turning radii and speeds of turning vehicles.

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Install traffic signal

high vis crosswalks

Add high-visibility crosswalks

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Allow left turn

Other Potential Improvements

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Provide clear zone for line of sight

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Provide pedestrian-scale lighting

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Provide pedestrian facilities

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Explore opporunities for curb extenstion

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Provide bicycle facilities

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Add advance stop lines


Community outreach meetings and activities

Throughout this project, we've provided multiple in-person opportunities to provide feedback, including tabling at the Colma BART station and hosting community meetings uring phases 1 and 2 of outreach. We appreciate the community input we received at this events. 

Men and women gather at a restaurant in the Town of Colma for a community outreach meeting.
Join us at an upcoming outreach meeting to share your thoughts on walking and biking in Colma.

Contact Us 

Send us a question or comment

El Camino Real Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan - Contact

1. Send us a question or comment:

Interested in learning more about the project?

Contact: Abdulkader Hashem
Associate Engineer/Project Manager
1198 El Camino Real, Colma, CA 94014

Town of Colma

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