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
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 will review the existing transportation conditions along the corridor and ask the community to identify their priorities for El Camino Real. Based on these findings, we will develop three conceptual design alternatives for El Camino Real. Next, we will present 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

Map Your Feedback 

We want to hear about your experience traveling in the Town of Colma.

  • What’s it like to walk and bike along El Camino Real?
  • What improvements would you like to see?
  • Are there barriers that prevent you from walking or biking on El Camino?

Throughout this project, there will be multiple in-person and online opportunities to tell us what you think. Check out our interactive map below to provide feedback on what’s currently working or not working for you.

Click here if you prefer to view the Social Pinpoint map in a separate tab

Email addresses collected will not be shared with external parties and will only be used by the Town of Colma for project updates.

Community Survey 

When determining the best improvements for the El Camino Real corridor, we will also consider community goals and values in this process. Please fill out this brief survey to help us understand what community values are most important to you.

Woman walking across El Camino Real and man bicycles along El Camino Real in the Town of Colma.
Walking and biking on El Camino Real can be challenging. Please help us make it safer by providing feedback on the map and the community survey.


Community outreach meetings and activities

Throughout this project, there will be multiple in-person opportunities to provide feedback. Starting in September 2019, we plan to host neighborhood workshops and local business meetings. Please check back soon for dates, times, and locations.

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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