El Camino Real Corridor Plan

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El Camino Real Corridor Plan

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What's New 

We just completed our online survey for the Bike & Pedestrian Safety Improvement Study! The Consultant will summarize all of the responses and fold them into the initial draft conceptual designs, at which time we'll solicit more community input. Stay tuned.

We also published the Existing Conditions memo for the study segment. Take a look at the materials section below!



No meetings scheduled at this time.  

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On December 4, 2017, the City Council adopted the El Camino Real Corridor Plan. The City will now begin implementing the plan (see Corridor Plan Implementation section and updates below). 

 If you have any questions about the Plan or next steps, please contact elcaminoplan@redwoodcity.org.

 Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study: El Camino Real between Maple & Charter Streets

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$350,000 in Caltrans grant funding for the development of a case study on behalf of the  Grand Boulevard Initiative to develop 30% conceptual design drawings for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on El Camino Real (between Charter and Maple streets), building off of the approved El Camino Real Corridor Plan.  Case study areas in Redwood City and Palo Alto were chosen based on their high opportunity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access on El Camino Real. You can find out more through the study's Frequently Asked Questions.


The consultant team has completed data collection and will soon embark on public outreach.  The first stage of public outreach will begin in mid-March and focus on existing conditions and community goals for the study area.  This phase consists of 3 parts:  

  1. Pop-up events (tabling) at the following locations:
    • Fair Oaks Community Center
    • Target Center
    • BevMo at Roosevelt/El Camino Real
  2. Stakeholder interviews with community groups and neighborhood associations (round table discussion)
  3. Online survey  

Next Steps:

  1. Prepare draft conceptual designs building off of the El Camino Real Corridor Plan and based on input received during the first stage of community outreach. 
  2. Community outreach to obtain feedback on the conceptual designs.
  3. Revise the draft conceptual designs based on community input.
  4. Define design exception process required for Caltrans.
  5. Develop conceptual cost estimates and a funding plan.
  6. Obtain final report and presentations, including next steps for implementation of the conceptual design plans.

* This study should conclude by February of 2019.


  1. Existing Conditions for the Study Segment (2018)

Zoning Code Amendments


The implementation section includes a number of actions relating to zoning code amendments, including:

  • Mixed-Use Live/Work Overlay (MULW)
  • Activity Centers
  • Bonus Height Provisions
  • Parking
  • Neighborhood Transitions
  • Child Care Provisions
  • Visibility and Solar Access

Within the next year, the City will study potential amendments related to these issues, and offer analysis and recommendations for each.  All changes to the zoning code require Planning Commission review and recommendation, followed by Council action.  Public input will be sought for during this process.

Other Short-Term Actions

  • Signal Timing. Evaluate signal timing to improve traffic flow.

The City will be working with Caltrans to adjust signal timing later this year.

  • Implementation Metrics. Establish metrics (as appropriate) to evaluate and iterate Plan implementation.

The City will begin drafting metrics later this year.



What is the Corridor Plan?

The El Camino Real Corridor Plan is a policy document that provides a comprehensive land use, transportation, and streetscape approach consistent with the General Plan’s principles. The Plan includes visions, goals, and strategies for street improvements to make the Corridor safer and more desirable to walk along and cross, and policies supporting community benefits, small businesses, and a range of housing choices along the Corridor. It also includes an implementation section with financing strategies and the steps that the City, or other agencies, would have to take to execute the Plan. The Corridor Plan is organized into four main topics, as briefly described below:

  1. Mobility addresses the various ways people travel around the Corridor
  2. Economic Vitality addresses ways to support existing Corridor businesses
  3. Housing addresses ways to provide housing for a range of income levels, support existing neighborhoods, and improve services for residents
  4. Place-Making addresses ways to improve the Corridor’s aesthetics and identity 

Unlike a precise plan that provides a high level of detail and supersedes the zoning code, the Corridor Plan is a guiding document with recommended actions to be further analyzed and processed after plan adoption.  Implementation actions are the key to executing the Corridor Plan. These actions are organized by timeframe and directly correspond to the strategies listed in the plan.  Factors that impact the timeframe include feasibility, funding, and level of City control over implementation.  As El Camino Real is within Caltrans’ jurisdiction, all actions affecting the right-of-way require review and approval by Caltrans.  



From 2016 through 2017, the community participated in a series of workshops, hearings, and online forums.  These discussions helped shape the vison for the Corridor Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on December 4, 2017.  

For archives and additional information go here.

To view the City’s major transportation projects, see Redwood City’s Transportation Storymap.



 Project Planner  
 Lindy Chan  
 Senior Planner, City of Redwood City  
 (650) 780-7237  




Provide your feedback on bicycle and pedestrian improvements on El Camino Real between Maple and Charter Streets in this new survey!



Provide your feedback on bicycle and pedestrian improvements on El Camino Real between Maple and Charter Streets in this new survey!