Getting Around Mountain View

Walking, Bicycling, etc. in Mountain View

Mountain View is served by a diverse and high-quality transportation network.

In addition to a robust and well-maintained network of local streets, motorists have easy access to U.S. Route 101, State Highway 85, California State Route 237, El Camino Real (California State Route 82), and Central Expressway (County Route G6).

Mountain View’s award-winning Downtown Transit Center, at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, serves as an intermodal transit hub for pedestrians, bicyclists, Caltrain commuter rail service, VTA light rail and public transit services, and public and private shuttles.

More than 6 miles of joint-use pedestrian and bicycle trails, link neighborhoods, employment centers, schools, transit and other destinations throughout Mountain View.

Major Plans/Studies

Community Shuttle

The Mountain View Community Shuttle is free for everybody. You can board a shuttle at one of 50 stops throughout town 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, including map and schedule, visit the Mountain View Community Shuttle website.

Suggested Routes to Schools (VERBS)

The City was awarded a three-year, $500,000 Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) grant in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around schools and encourage bicycling and walking to schools through age-appropriate educational programs for Grades K-12. The City recently completed activities associated with that grant-funding period.

Mountain View has been awarded another $500,000 grant to continue its VERBS program for another three years (through June 2017).

Additional information/data regarding the City's VERBS program is available here.

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Bike Lanes and Trails

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/Pac)

The City's B/PAC is an advisory body to the City Council on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The B/PAC members advise and make recommendations to the City Council on policy, proposed improvements, and the operation and maintenance of the City's bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Bike Friendly Community

bike trailMountain View was designated a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012 by the League of American Bicyclists, an upgrade from the Bronze-Level award the City held since 2004. The Silver-Level award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Mountain View is one of only 242 communities across the country to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Bicycle Friendly Business

Become a Bicycle Friendly Business! The League of American Bicyclists recognizes businesses for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community through its Bicycle Friendly Business program. To learn more or apply, click here

BIKE CLASSES

The Mountain View Public Library offers free bike education classes.

BIKE MONTH                                                                                                        

The City Council has proclaimed May 2015 as Bike Month.

BAY AREA Bike Share Program

The City of Mountain View is one of five Bay Area cities participating in the Bay Area Bike Share Program. The Bike Share system enables members to check out a bike from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination and return the bike to a different station. Bike Share provides a convenient and affordable transportation alternative or supplement to cars and mass transit.

Mountain View's seven bicycle stations are located near the following transit, employment, and service/retail destinations:

  • Mountain View Transit Center
  • City Hall
  • Castro Street/El Camino Real
  • Middlefield Light Rail Station
  • San Antonio Shopping Center
  • San Antonio Caltrain Station
  • Charleston Park

For more information, visit the Bay Area Bike Share website.

Bike Map

Information regarding bicycle lanes, routes, boulevards, and paths in Mountain View is available on the Bike Map. Bicycling safety tips are also provided.

Bike Rack Locations

For locations of bike racks in downtown Mountain View click here.

Bicycle Lockers/Secured Storage

The City offers rent-free, short-term bicycle storage. Spaces are available in the bicycle shelter located at the Downtown Transit Center at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, or at one of the many bicycle lockers found throughout Mountain View’s downtown.

Renting a locker or shelter space is easy. Bring a valid California Driver License, ID card (California only) or passport, a description of the bike to be locked/parked, the bike’s serial or identification number, and $25 for a one-time refundable deposit, to the Public Works Department located on the first floor of City Hall at 500 Castro Street. Once you sign the rental agreement and pay the $25 deposit, you will receive your shelter access code or bike locker key.

Contact the Public Works Department at (650) 903-6311 or public.works@mountainview.gov if you have any questions or need additional information.

Cycling/walking Links

The following links provide helpful information regarding bicycle safety and other resources.

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