Santa Cruz is a national leader in reducing single-occupant car trips by supporting and promoting other means of travel. Since 2011, the City of Santa Cruz has won more than $18 million in competitive grants for projects to improve biking and walking, including the Branciforte Creek Bridge, Arana Gulch Multi-Use Path, and projects to improve safe routes to schools. Beat the traffic, save your gas money, get some exercise and enjoy your commute by biking, walking or taking transit for some of your daily trips.
Go Santa Cruz provides a road map of opportunities for you to safely walk, bike, bus or carpool around town. And if you still need to drive, we've got you covered too. Go Santa Cruz includes the City’s ongoing work to expand bike and pedestrian facilities, provides education and encouragement, increases transportation options through programs like Zipcar and bike share, and leverages partnerships with other transportation agencies. We're here to get you there.
Grant Funded Projects
Over the next several years, the City will construct bike & pedestrian improvements around all Santa Cruz City Schools, as well as construct the Westside segment of Rail Trail from Natural Bridges Drive to Bay Street. Follow the links below for a map and list of upcoming projects.
The City of Santa Cruz has the second-highest rate of biking to work in the state of California, and in 2015 we were awarded as a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. With our beautiful weather, great cycling infrastructure, and strong cycling community, Santa Cruz is an amazing place to ride a bike. The resources below can help get you started, whether its a trip to the grocery store, to work, or on your next adventure.
Find A Bike Buddy: Connect with experienced cyclists to share a commute trip and learn about the best routes, clothing and gear, and other bike commuting tips.
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail: The Westside Santa Cruz segment of the rail trail will be constructed starting in 2018. When completed, the trail will span 32 miles and provide car-free bike and pedestrian access across Santa Cruz County.
Many destinations in Santa Cruz are within a short walk of home, school or work. Over the years, the City of Santa Cruz has worked to complete and maintain our sidewalks and pedestrian paths. See below for upcoming pedestrian projects and resources for seeing Santa Cruz on foot.
Transit & Shared Rides
Whether you're taking Metro, a UCSC shuttle or the Santa Cruz Trolley, there is a transit option available for you. Even if you've never used our local transit options, we're here to help you take your first ride.
If you need to drive, consider options to reduce your carbon footprint: try an electric vehicle, find a carpool buddy, or sign up for a Zipcar membership. See below for resources to get you started.
Street Smarts: a traffic safety campaign led by the City of Santa Cruz, Street Smarts features safety tips, videos and more for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Cruz511: a service of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, Cruz511 is a free traveler information service for up-to-the minute traffic, transit, bicycle and pedestrian information in Santa Cruz County via a mobile-responsive website.