City of San Mateo – San Mateo, CA

San Mateo Sustainable Streets Plan

The City of San Mateo envisions a first-class multimodal network that will allow for safe movement by anyone. Given its proximity to San Francisco and San Jose and connections to regional transportation, San Mateo is well situated to reduce driving and meet goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Nelson\Nygaard created a Sustainable Streets Plan to serve as a foundational Complete Streets and Green Streets policy that balances the needs of all users whether walking, biking, driving or taking transit. The final plan gives San Mateo a formal framework to routinely create streets with features to decrease stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the public realm. The plan also guides the City’s ongoing efforts related to street re-design and repairs.

To make the Sustainable Streets Plan practical, Nelson\Nygaard recommended the city adopt a citywide transportation demand management plan and ordinance and use vehicle miles traveled per capita as its main transportation impact metric. This new performance measure will be used to determine developers’ fair share contributions to a new Sustainable Streets Fee, funding street improvements, transit infrastructure enhancements, and other projects that create a more balanced and safer transportation system.

The innovative street design manual includes a street typology network, green streets integration, performance metrics, and a trip reduction program. Outreach was key to the success of the plan, which included workshops, an online survey, and a “taste and talk” speaker series featuring food catered from different restaurants in the downtown along with an educational presentation on topics related to transportation.