2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

The City of Union City has drafted the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. 

The Final Plan will be considered and adopted by City Council on November 23, 2021. Please note that this Plan is not official until adopted by Council.  We appreciate your input!

Since late 2019, the City has been working diligently to update the 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

  • Click on this link to see a copy of the Draft Plan (in PDF). The public comment period has closed, but if you have any comments, please email them to Aaron Welch, City Project Manager, aaronw@unioncity.org
  • Click here for the Appendices
  • Click here for Determination of Consistency with the Union City 2040 General Plan Update Final Environmental Impact Report. 
    • The BPMP was found to be within the scope of the Union City 2040 General Plan Update Final EIR and no new significant impacts would occur from the proposed Plan. The City’s CEQA determination memo (Determination of Consistency) was uploaded to this webpage on September 21, 2021. While there are no public circulation requirements, the City will consider any public comments on the project submitted through October 22, 2021.

The purpose of the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is to identify infrastructure projects and encouragement programs that make Union City a place where walking, biking, and rolling is safe, convenient, and fun for people of all ages. 

We want to hear from you!

Join us to share your comments with City leaders during the following meetings:  

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) - Tuesday September 21st, 2021, 7:00 PM
  • Planning Commission Study Session on the Draft Plan - Thursday, October 7th at 7:00 PM
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) - Tuesday, October 19th at 7:00 PM, Click for meeting link  
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Final Plan - Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 PM, Click for meeting link
  • City Council Meeting for consideration and possible adoption of the Final Plan - Tuesday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM, Click for meeting link 

Please refer to the Union City Calendar for meeting agenda packets. 

Contact Us

Send an email to the City’s Project Manager Aaron Welch at AaronW@unioncity.org  for questions.

We can’t do this without you!


Thank you to all who have been involved for providing valuable input throughout this process. Your unique perspectives informed the development of this Plan and ensured that the project recommendations genuinely reflect the city’s diverse and unique community.  

Project Recap

The development of this plan happened over the past two years across the following three phases:

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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 and Draft Needs and Demand Analysis

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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 (July 2021-October 2021)

We have pulled together all the community input, data, and recommendations to develop the Draft 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Draft Plan includes 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

Key Plan Documents

Relevant Plans and Studies

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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.