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.
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!Learn more about the plan
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.
Existing conditions evaluation
- Data gathering & field observations
- Identify existing facilities
- Review plans, previous studies & planned improvements
Community outreach phase 1
- Understand community priorities
- Identify constraints and opportunities
Project alternatives development
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
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.
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, and share your preference in the surveys below.
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.
Wide travel lanes
No bicycle facility
Difficulty in making left turns from southbound El Camino Real to Mission Road
Key Safety Improvements
Square-up intersections to improve sight lines and shorten crossing distance, reduce turning radii and speeds of turning vehicles.
Install traffic signal
Add high-visibility crosswalks
Allow left turn
Other Potential Improvements
Provide clear zone for line of sight
Provide pedestrian-scale lighting
Provide pedestrian facilities
Explore opporunities for curb extenstion
Provide bicycle facilities
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.
- Project Goals and Vision
- California Transportation Plan 2040
- California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
- Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan
Related planning efforts
- Systemic Safety Analysis Report (SSAR) – October 2018
- Mission Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plan
- Serramonte and Collins Master Plan – in progress