El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Implementation Overview | Background | Contact 

What's New 

Check out the conceptual design drawings and final report of potential streetscape improvements for El Camino Real between Maple and Charter Street, prepared as part of the Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study!

The Bike & Pedestrian Safety Improvement Study was a yearlong study funded by a Caltrans grant that applied the El Camino Real Corridor Plan streetscape improvements to the southern end of El Camino Real (from Maple to Charter Street). 

The study includes conceptual designs for protected bike lanes, crosswalks, street crossings, and bus stops. Additional community feedback will be sought in future phases, however the study helps the City seek grant funding and identify next steps for making the vision become a reality. 

Upcoming Meetings

March 5, 2019 - Planning Commission (presentation on the conceptual design drawings and final report)

If you would like to receive notifications for future meetings on implementation of the Corridor Plan, please sign-up online by clicking here


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

bike1 walking bike2 


$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 public outreach on existing conditions and community goals for the study area.  This phase consisted pop-up events (tabling) at Fair Oaks Community Center, Target, and BevMo, stakeholder interviews with neighborhood associations, and an online survey. The summary of this outreach is listed in the materials list below.  

Based on input received and building off of the El Camino Real Corridor Plan, the consultant prepared draft conceptual designs. These drafts were presented to the Complete Streets Advisory Committee on August 14, 2018

On October 20th, the City held a Protected Bike Lane Pop-Up Event on El Camino Real at Cedar Street where residents, visitors, and city officials could test out the potential look and feel of permanent protected bike lanes. Check out photos from the event here.

The City solicited community input on the draft conceptual designs with an online webmap. The interactive map was live from October 20th through November 18th. Feedback from the webmap and pop-up event informed the final conceptual designs. These conceptual designs and a final report were presented to the City Council on February 25th, concluding the Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study.  The final report summarizes the yearlong study and outlines next steps to make the streetscape improvements, including the Caltrans review and permitting process, cost estimates, funding options, and additional studies.

Past Meetings:  


  1. Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study - Final Report  

  2. Conceptual design drawings 

  3. Visuals of conceptual designs  

  4. Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane - Community Event Flyer and Event Photos

  5. Community Outreach Summary of Results 

  6. Existing Conditions for the Study Segment (2018)


Zoning Code Amendments

MULW map

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

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

Phase I: (2018-early 2019)

The first phase of amendments will be to the Mixed-Use Live/Work zoning districts. These amendments will incorporate the community benefits program associated with increased building height and density, more flexibility in allowed uses (both permitted and conditional), and simplified standards for live/work units. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.

Phase II: (2019-2020) 

The second phase of amendments will be a comprehensive update to the Corridor zoning districts that addresses the community benefits program, activity centers, parking requirements, and neighborhood transitions. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.

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!