Bicycling in Walnut Creek
Bicycling can provide convenient options for all types of trips, including first- and last-mile access to public transit stations and stops. Walnut Creek’s mild climate and relatively flat. While there is a network of existing and proposed bicycle facilities in the city, as shown on the map below, there are relatively few areas with Class II facilities (e.g., bicycle lanes) or Class I paths, and the rates of bicycling for work and non-work trips in Walnut Creek is very low. Experience has shown that cities with low levels of cycling can significantly increase cycling rates with the right set of policies and actions.1
Current Low Stress Network
Bicycle Sharing in Walnut Creek
Lime data reveals that most trips start and stop close to the Walnut Creek BART station, demonstrating the importance of the system to last and first mile connections to transit. Other significant locations include Shadelands and Downtown Walnut Creek.
In addition to the origin and destination of Lime trips, route information provides a more detailed picture of how Lime users move through Walnut Creek’s transportation network. Reflecting the patterns observed in the origin and destination data, many trips began and ended at BART stations as well as Downtown.
Lime route data gives insight into the decisions made by bicyclists in terms of route and facility, reflecting the limitations of the city’s current low-stress bicycle network. For example, many trips between the Walnut Creek BART Station and Downtown appear to be made on sidewalks rather than on major arterials such as Ygnacio Valley Road, reflecting the potential high-stress environment these streets present to bicyclists. In large employment campuses such as Shadelands, bicyclists appeared to take circuitous routes between large surface parking lots to reach destinations, revealing the potential absence of a coherent and well connected bicycle and pedestrian network on these campuses.
Lime bike paths of travel along Ygnacio Valley Road and North California Boulevard to/from the Walnut Creek BART Station
Protected bicycle facilities such as the Iron Horse Trail attract a higher concentration of Lime Bike users than other locations, as seen in the bright green lines in the image below.
Lime bike paths of travel along the Iron Horse Trail between Ygnacio Valley Road and Lincoln Avenue in Downtown.
Following is a brief overview of adopted policies and ordinances affecting bicycling conditions in Walnut Creek.
Walnut Creek Bicycle Master Plan
North Downtown Specific Plan
West Downtown Specific Plan
Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges
Walnut Creek is ideal for bicycling.
Current facilities limit access to important job centers, transit spots and stations, and other key destinations.
Support facilities for bicyclists are limited, including in Downtown.
1John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, City Cycling (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), 348.]