2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

We want Union City to be a place where walking and biking are safe, convenient, and fun for people of all ages and abilities.

The City of Union City is currently updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and wants to hear from you about how the City can create safe, comfortable, and convenient ways to walk, bicycle, and take transit in Union City. Your voice is essential to help us refine the current plan so that it reflects the needs and desires of the Union City community.

We can’t do this without you!


Union City is a diverse and unique city and needs an updated plan that reflects the community’s numerous perspectives. We want to hear from you, your friends, families, children, and neighbors, along with the community’s business owners and employees. We welcome input from everyone, including those who rarely walk or bike. Scroll below for ways you can be involved.

Online Map - Thank you for providing your feedback!

Thank you to everyone who added comments to the online map. We appreciate that you took the time to share your input on the proposed bicycle network and where you would like to see improvements to where you walk and bicycle. We closed the map on December 18, 2020, and our next step will be to revise the recommendations based on your input and to start work on prioritizing the projects for implementation. More information coming soon!

Contact Us

Send an email to the City’s Project Manager Aaron Welch at AaronW@unioncity.org  to share your input, or to be placed on our mailing list and receive project updates.

Project Schedule

Updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will take about a year and a half and will be done in three planning phases.


Phase 1: Information Gathering (January - June 2020)

During Phase 1, we heard from you about where you like to walk and bike, what barriers to biking or walking exist in Union City, and what improvements should be made. We also gathered data about existing conditions, including learning more about how safe and comfortable walking and bicycling is throughout the city. 

You can read more about our findings here: Draft Existing Conditions Report

Your input and this data will guide the recommendations in the updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. 

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Phase 2: Drafting the Recommendations (July 2020 - February 2021)

During Phase 2, we brought together your comments and the data-driven analysis from Phase 1. We used this to develop draft recommendations for:

  • New bikeways and a citywide bicycle network
  • New connections to trails 
  • Improvements to places where people walk

We asked for input on these recommendations through an online map and focus group meetings. For our next step, we will revise the recommendations based on your input and will start work on prioritizing the projects for implementation. 

Plan Goals

The recommendations in the draft 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be guided by the Plan’s draft goals. These goals are based on what we heard from you during our initial community engagement over the summer. The goals include:

Plan Goals

Proposed Bicycle Network

A major goal of the City and this Plan is to develop a well-connected, low-stress bicycle network that is comfortable and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. We have developed a proposed bicycle network that builds upon the existing bikeways, and proposes new bikeways throughout the city. The proposed bicycle network also proposes new connections to the existing trails.

To see the proposed bicycle network, click here.

You’ll see that the proposed bicycle network includes some bikeway types that are new to Union City. This includes separated bike lanes and bicycle boulevards. To learn more about the different bikeway types, click here. This proposed bicycle network aims to create safe, comfortable, and enjoyable ways for people to bicycle in Union City. 

Pedestrian Infrastructure Recommendations

Another major goal of the City and this Plan is to identify ways to make walking more comfortable. The City has a lot of “tools” in our toolbox to make changes that make it more enjoyable to walk and cross the street. To learn more about these tools, click here

Phase 3: Finalizing the Plan (Late 2020-Early 2021)

Phase 3 will see us updating and revising the current Plan to create the 2021 Union City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Draft Plan will be a compilation of all the work and recommendations developed over the year, and will include recommendations for:

  • Physical infrastructure: such as where new bicycle lanes or striped crosswalks should be located
  • Programs: such as a recommendation for partnering with schools for safe routes to schools programs 
  • Policies: such as a new City ordinance about the dimensions of bicycle lanes

We anticipate that the 2021 Plan will be ready for your review in Spring 2021. Once finalized, the Plan will go to City Council for adoption. 

Key Plan Documents

  • Draft Existing Conditions Report 
  • Draft Needs and Demand Analysis 
  • BPAC Meeting #1 (May 2020) – Purpose: An introduction to the Plan and review of work so far.
  • BPAC Meeting #2 (November 2020) – Purpose: Presentation on the proposed bicycle network, draft pedestrian improvements, and asking for ideas on new education and encouragement programs.
  • BPAC Meeting #3 (scheduled for Spring 2021)
  • BPAC Meeting #4/Final meeting for this Plan process (scheduled for Summer 2021)

Building on what came beforeBart Terminal

This 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is an update to the existing 2012 Union City Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. Since the adoption of the 2012 Plan, the City has been busy! Union City has installed almost seven miles of shared-use paths and 27 miles of bicycle lanes and has plans for new bikeways to come.

Sidewalks are present along most roadways in the city, except for some gaps in the City’s industrial areas. Improving pedestrian crossings and closing gaps in the pedestrian network is a priority goal in the City’s recently adopted 2040 General Plan.