Pedestrians and Bicyclists


Cover-180The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan provides for a citywide system of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and a variety of programs to allow for safe, efficient, and convenient walking and bicycling within the City.

The City updated the Master Plan in January 2012. The original plan was prepared in 2006. Since 2006, the City has spent approximately $7.5 million on pedestrian and bicycle projects and constructed approximately 21 percent of the high-priority pedestrian and bicycle network identified in the plan. The plan has been updated to reflect current background information, pedestrian and bicycle facilities that have been constructed since 2006, analysis completed in 2010 regarding Safe Routes to School projects and feedback received throughout the process.

Staff did significant outreach for the update and received substantial public comment. Staff will continue work with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on project prioritization and will also continue to search for funding opportunities to implement additional pedestrian and bicycle projects within the City.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan [PDF]

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Appendices [PDF]

Connection to the Station District Jobs Center Report [PDF]

Union City Boulevard Lane Configuration Study [PDF]

2010 Update to the Union City ADA Transition Plan [PDF]

Figure 5.2 - Existing and Proposed Pedestrian Network [PDF]

Figure 5.2 - Existing and Proposed Bicycle Network [PDF]

The Master Plan is broken down into several chapters and appendices, which are summarized below

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction: Chapter 1 sets the context for the plan including an overview of how the plan satisfies the bicycle plan requirements established by the State. This chapter also includes an overview of applicable General Plan policies. The General Plan includes several goals and policies that prioritize the development of a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle network within the City. A summary is also included of pedestrian and bicycle projects that have been completed since the original adoption of the Master Plan in 2006.
  • Chapter 2 – Existing Conditions: This chapter provides a description of existing conditions within the City relevant to the Master Plan. This chapter includes: a description of Union City’s land use context; a list of major employers including those that provide bicycle racks and showers, an overview of existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the City; a summary of bicycle and pedestrian facility expenditures, a synopsis of public transit opportunities and existing conditions for children walking and bicycling to school. The majority of the items listed in this chapter are State bicycle plan requirements.
  • Chapter 3 – Planning and Policy Context: This chapter provides an overview of planning and policy documents from Union City, adjacent jurisdictions and other miscellaneous agencies that are relevant to the development of the Master Plan
  • Chapter 4 – Needs Analysis: This chapter reviews the relationship between bicycle and pedestrian activity, commute patterns, and demographics. The percentage of people walking and bicycling to work in Union City generally stayed the same, 1 and 0.5 percent, respectively, between 2006 and 2011. The chapter includes an analysis of the current number of people bicycling and walking to work as well as a projection for the year 2020 and the associated air quality benefits. A summary of pedestrian and bicycle collision data is included as well as an overview of pedestrian and bicyclists needs. Bicycle and pedestrian collision data was updated to reflect the last five years. A summary of the City’s community outreach activities is also included in this chapter. The City held several public meetings to solicit input on the Master Plan including a Planning Commission Study Session, BPAC meeting, and Planning Commission public hearing. Copies of the plan were available on-line and for review at City Hall and the Union City Library. The City sent press releases to local papers including the Tri-City Voice and the Bay Area News Group as well as the Union City Patch, an on-line news feed. This information was also advertised through the City’s website and local cable channel. Notices were sent to the representatives of local bicycle advocacy groups including the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
  • Chapter 5 – Recommended Improvement: This chapter includes updated pedestrian and bicycle network maps, which are labeled Figures 5.2 and 5.3, respectively. The maps were updated in the current version to reflect projects constructed since 2006 as well as updated road alignments. The chapter contains an overview of the project prioritization methodology that ranked all of the proposed projects into three classifications: high-priority; mid-term and long-term. Only the high-priority projects are presented in this chapter. To assist in implementation and grant seeking, these high-priority projects are shown on individual sheets that contain more detailed project information. The mid-term and long-term projects are listed in a tabular form in Chapter 7. This chapter was updated to remove project sheets for facilities that were constructed since 2006. In some cases, the project sheets were updated to reflect additional project components. Project sheets were also updated to reflect if portions of the projects were completed. An overview and associated recommendations for programmatic considerations is also included in Chapter 5 that address bicycle support facilities, encouragement and education programs, and maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • Chapter 6 – Safe Routes to School: This chapter provides an overview of the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program. SR2S refers to a variety of programs aimed at promoting walking and bicycling to school and improving safety around school areas mainly through education and physical improvements. This chapter includes an analysis of eight Union City public schools and identifies specific improvements to address the safety of children walking and bicycling to school. The 2006 version of the Master Plan included an analysis of four schools: Alvarado Elementary and Middle Schools, Cabello Elementary School, and Bernard-White Middle School. The 2011 update incorporates the analysis of four additional schools that was completed in 2010. These include: Cesar Chavez Middle School, Kitiyama Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School and Searles Elementary School. The analysis in 2010 was completed in cooperation with the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Partnership program. Since 2006, the City has completed several of the recommended SR2S projects, which generally consist of the installation of high-visibility crosswalks and related safety signage.
  • Chapter 7 – Implementation: This chapter focuses on the implementation of the projects. Chapter 7 contains tables that provide a summary of the individual projects including their location, type and cost. There is one table for each of the three prioritization categories (i.e. high-priority, mid-term and long-term) and one additional table for the Safe Routes to School projects. The total estimated cost of the identified projects is approximately $76.4 million, which includes $61.3 million for high-priority projects.
  • Appendix A, B and C – Appendices A, B and C contain pedestrian, bicycle and trail (off-road) design guidelines. These guidelines are utilized by City staff when designing pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Appendix D – Public Outreach:This section summarizes outreach activities for the current update and includes all of the written comments received as well as the minutes from the Planning Commission meetings.
  • Appendix E – Cost Documentation: This appendix provides summary background documentation to support the cost estimates provided in the Master Plan.
  • Appendix F – Feasibility Studies:Appendix F was re-purposed to house the two feasibility studies that were prepared for Union City Boulevard and the BART-Shelton connection as well as the ADA Transition Plan.
  • Appendix G – Glossary: This appendix contains a glossary of terms utilized in the plan. This section was updated to include some additional terms.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Master Plan or pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the City, please contact Carmela Campbell, Planning Manager, at (510) 675-5316 or

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