Our mild climate and flat terrain provide an ideal environment for bicyclists and pedestrians. We build facilities and operate programs to support bicycling and walking.
We also coordinate with other City programs to enhance bicyclist and pedestrian safety around schools and in neighborhoods.
We implement projects that support bicycling as a viable mean of transportation.
Goals of the program are to:
Achieve 5% of trips by bike by 2020
Achieve 15% by 2040
Build a 400-mile on-street bikeway network
Work with the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department's
Trail Program to complete a 100-mile off-street bikeways network
These goals can be found in three City Council-approved plans:
As of spring 2020, the City has completed approximately 396 miles of on-street bikeways and 60 miles of
off-street trails. Projects
We actively seek grant funds to support implementation of bikeways and related programs. The Department also seeks opportunities to maximize resources, such as coordinating our citywide bikeway implementation with our pavement maintenance program.
What are these electric scooters I see on streets and sidewalks in San Jose?
Under state law, these are called "motorized scooters." They generally have two small wheels, a platform to stand on, and a small electric motor. (
California Vehicle Code 407.5)
Who owns and operates these motorized scooters? Are they part of a City program?
The City of San José does not own or operate these scooters or programs. They are owned and operated by private companies offering shared scooter programs. Users can check out a scooter from any location, use it for a short period of time, and park it at their destination where other users can then check them out. Scooters are meant for short trips and are meant to be used among many different people per day. For more information, go to the company websites listed below.
Where are people allowed to use and park motorized scooters?
Under state law, motorized scooters may
not be ridden on sidewalks. They may be ridden on city streets. If the city street has a posted speed limit greater than 25 mph, they must be ridden in a bike lane. Scooters may currently be parked on sidewalks, so long as they do not block driveways, building entrances, curb ramps, or utilities such as fire hydrants.
What other rules or laws apply to these motorized scooters?
Under state law, to use a motorized scooter, you must have a California Drivers License or instruction permit. Riders under 18 must wear a helmet. Only one person may use a motorized scooter at a time, and you can't carry packages while using a motorized scooter (California Vehicle Code 21235). In addition to these state law requirements, the City of San José recently passed an ordinance and approved Administrative Regulations governing deployment of shared micro-mobility systems in the City.
How do you get access to use one of these motorized scooters?
Go to the owner/operator's website to learn their requirements:
How do I report a problem or a concern?
Questions and concerns should go directly to the customer service of each company.