Joint Venture Silicon Valley was inspired to lay out a vision for Silicon Valley to become a national leader for bicycle commuting. They brought in the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Google, Facebook, and Stanford University to build consensus for creating a safe, continuous, and connected bikeway network.

In partnership with these high-profile business leaders, nonprofits, and advocates, Nelson\Nygaard set out to make data highly accessible. We worked closely with our design and map teams to tell a story about biking in Silicon Valley, including a high-level bikeway analysis of existing conditions, mode share metrics, a collision analysis, an inventory of existing bikeways, and origin-destination pairs for significant locations.

Led by Dru van Hengel, Nelson\Nygaard:

  • Identified current challenges that prevent people from biking and provided a summary of key gap typologies and opportunities
  • Presented rationale for making investments in bicycling facilities
  • Developed policy and program criteria by which the region can make biking a compelling choice

The Silicon Valley Bike Vision Report (PDF) debuted at the 2017 State of the Valley Conference, Silicon Valley’s annual town meeting, attended by more than 1,500 people. In his presentation, Jeff Tumlin said, “We should be designing not for vehicles, but for people. We should be thinking about a future in which the worst parking problem that we have is how to find your bike at the train station.”

Read news coverage: Silicon Valley Companies like Google have a Growing Stake in Bike Infrastructure” (Silicon Valley Business Journal, Feb. 17, 2017)