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.
The City of Mountain View is considering an update to the municipal code on the use of bicycles, e-bikes, scooters and other transportation devices on City streets and sidewalks. How should we balance the needs of various users of our sidewalks and streets, including pedestrians? City staff held a community workshop on May 17, 2018, and will consider this input as they draft guidelines for B/PAC and public review later in 2018. For more information, contact Public Works at 650-903-6311. Comments may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional reference materials are available at the Reference Desk at the Mountain View Public Library.
The City of Mountain View provides this existing and planned bikeway network information as advisory only. The City encourages all bicyclists to choose when and where to ride according to their ability and experience, and guide children accordingly. The City updates the maps periodically so current bikeway network conditions may not be reflected:
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.
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.
In 2018, the City of Mountain View received a Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) award in recognition of its efforts to support walkability and pedestrian safety. The designation highlighted the City's pedestrian plan, safety-based performances measures, excellent sidewalk coverage, sidewalk design standards, robust maintenance funding, installation of over 20 high visibility midblock crosswalks, 15 mph speed limit in school zones, and a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program. The designation also includes a report card with recommendations, which will be helpful as the City updates the Pedestrian Master Plan in FY 2020-21. The City of Mountain View joins six other newly designated Bronze communities (33 total), and three new Silver designated communities (21 total). There are also 15 Gold communities and two Platinum communities.
In 2012, Mountain View was designated a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community 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.
The League of American Bicyclists also 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.
The Mountain View Public Library has a bike repair station and offers a free drop-in bike clinic from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month.
The City Council has proclaimed May 2016 as Bike Month.
The City offers rent-free, short-term bicycle storage 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. Please note that the bike lockers located on the Mountain View Caltrain platform are not City of Mountain View bike lockers; those are Caltrain lockers - click here for Caltrain lockers.
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 complete and sign a rental agreement and pay the $25 deposit, you will receive your shelter access code within 72 hours or a bike locker key. (Currently there is a waitlist for bicycle lockers. If you would like your name added to the list, please contact the Public Works Department.)
The Public Works Department can be reached at (650) 903-6311 or email@example.com if you have any questions or need additional information.
The following links provide helpful information regarding bicycle safety and other resources.