What is this indicator?

This indicator measures the percent of completion of the bike network proposed in the 2011 Bike Action Plan.

Why is it important?

Bicycling is one of the most efficient and sustainable ways to get around Santa Monica. Considering speed limits, bicycle connections and numbers of cyclists, the level of bicycle travel demand reveals some deficiencies where the network does not provide adequate capacity to meet the needs of a growing cycling community. Downtown Santa Monica has the greatest need for bicycle improvements, especially continuous bicycle corridors and capacity for more bicycles.

How are we doing?

As of 2018, the bike network is 62% complete; 113 miles out of the Bike Action Plan’s 187 miles of bike lanes and paths have been built. The City aims to continue expanding this bike network annually through 2020.

The City’s Bike Action Plan addresses traffic congestion and promotes active, healthy living by setting a course for creating a Santa Monica that is bike-friendly for all. It calls for both programs and facilities, and includes practical five-year implementation priorities as well as a bold 20-year vision for getting more people to use bicycles for transportation. Bicycling has the fastest-growing share of employee commute trips, and many visitors come to Santa Monica specifically because they don’t need a car here. The City has been designated a “Bike Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists for efforts to promote cycling in the areas of education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.

What can I do?

  • View the bike map to find the safest route to work, where to store your bike, and a list of local bike shops.
  • Visit bikesantamonica.org to find additional bike resources and events.