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Alternative Transportation Resources

Alternative forms of transportation benefit both the environment as well as your health.

 

Benefits of alternative transportation

The sections below provide more information on some of the most common and accessible forms of alternative transportation.

  • Bicycles

  • Scooters

  • Public Transportation

  • Paratransit

  • Walking

 
BICYCLES

Benefits of Biking

 

There are many benefits of cycling. Some include:
 

  1. It’s easy on the joints.

  2. Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout.

  3. Cycling builds muscle.

  4. It helps with everyday activities.

  5. Pedaling builds bones.

Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-top-5-benefits-of-cycling

 

Choosing to ride your bicycle over driving is also much more environmentally conscious and helps to lower your carbon footprint!

Bike Safety

Biking can be intimidating without understanding proper safety precautions. Understanding the rules of the road helps to create safe and fun biking conditions for everyone in the community! Review the items below to learn about CA bike law and general safety tips.

 

California Bicycle Law

Biking Tips

Bike Share and Discounted Bike Programs

If you do not have access to your own bike, there are opportunities to access a bike for short rides through bike sharing systems that come at a low and discounted cost. Below is information for the Ford GoBike and Lime Access programs that are discounted programs for bike sharing vehicles.

Ford GoBike - Bike Share for All

Lime - Lime Access

Bike Events

Good Karma Women’s Skills Clinic

SJ Bike Party

Viva CalleSJ

 

Additional Resources

Bicycle Resources List

SJ Bikeways Map

 
SCOOTERS

With increasing popularity and access to electric scooters, understanding how to safely and comfortably use them can provide access to a very beneficial form of local transportation. 

Benefits of Using Scooters

Scooters help to:
 

  • Ease Traffic Congestion

  • Lower Environmental Impact of Transportation

  • Increase Access and Availability to Transportation in Local Communities

Scooter Safety

  1. ALWAYS wear a helmet 

  2. Know where to ride 

  3. Understand and use hand signals

  4. Park on sidewalks, properly by the curbside

FAQ for Scooter Usage

Discounted Electric Scooter Programs

Most scooter companies offer a discounted program for low-income riders. You must sign-up for each program independently with each company. If you would like to sign-up for these programs or learn more, please follow the links below.

BIRD - One Bird

Lime - Lime Access

Additional Resources 

BIRD
 

Lime

 

Skip

 

WIND

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Benefits of Using Public Transportation

 

As our roads and highways become more congested with traffic, public transportation is an alternative that makes commuting easier, faster, and less stressful for you and others on the road. 

 

Benefits of Public Transportation

Safety on Public Transportation

The Valley Transit Authority has great tips to remain safe on public transportation. Highlights include:

  • Paying attention to your surroundings

  • Staying behind the yellow lines on boarding platforms and in buses

  • Taking your seat quickly to avoid losing your balance when the bus/train departs

More detailed suggestions

Additional Resources

511 SF BAY – Trip Planner

 

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)

 

Amtrak

 

BART

 

Caltrain

 

Capitol Corridor

 

Greyhound

 

VTA

 
PARATRANSIT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public transit agencies that provide fixed-route service to provide “complementary paratransit” service to people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed-route bus or rail service because of a disability.

Below are links paratransit offered by public transportation organizations in the area:

Montery-Salinas Paratransit
 

SamTrans Paratransit

Santa Cruz METRO Paratransit
 

VTA Access: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/paratransit/accessibility-paratransit-servic

 
WALKING

Walking can be an easy way to access near-by locations in our neighborhoods while getting a good workout. Experts recommend walking for at least 30 minutes a day as one of the best and easiest ways to improve your health. 

 

Pedestrian Safety

Basics of Pedestrian Safety: 

  1. Be Predictable: Walk on sidewalks, obey traffic lights and rules.

  2. Be Visible: Wear bright colors in the day and reflective materials at night.

  3. Be Aware: Watch for cars and others around you; don’t be distracted by electronics.

NHTSA - Pedestrian Safety

 

Stepping Out as an Older Adult

 

Walking Resources

 

Santa Clara County Parks

 

Walk & Bike to School

 

Trail Finders  

 

All Trails