Smart Moves San José is a program that encourages residents to increase the trips they take by walking, biking, and public transit. With this new program, the City aims to reduce barriers to and enhance benefits of using environmentally-friendly and health-enhancing means of travel. We want to make it easier for you to bike to work or your volunteer job, walk to the store, or take transit to a movie or sporting event.
The City is dramatically expanding its on- and off-street bikeway network, supporting the growth of bike share and car share services, and working closely with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to expand transit services. The City has also partnered with local organizations, such as the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and California Walks, to encourage people who live and work in San José to use biking and walking as a means of travel as well as recreation.
Being active on the way to work, errands, or home is an easy way to squeeze exercise into your day! People who walk or bike to work are 20-40% less likely to have heart-related health concerns.
New and improved! If lack of flexibility turned you off before, check out dynamic carpooling. A least one mobile carpooling app is currently available in our region, other companies are likely to offer this service soon. Some apps provide matches instantaneously, others within hours of submitting your request. You can select a different carpool for each trip and whether you want to drive or be driven. Riders typically pay 20-30 cents per mile or a set fee per distance, such as $8 for a trip from San Francisco to San José.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is providing $5 vouchers to encourage area residents to take these apps for a test drive. You can get more info on the apps, download them, and get MTC’s voucher codes.
Plan your route! Our partners at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) have the tools you need to make Smart Moves where you want to go. VTA’s multimodal trip planner allows users to plan trips using more than one mode of travel. So, instead of a trip by transit or bike, you can plan trips that combine biking and public transit or ridesharing and public transit. Click on one of the route options generated by the web app, and you’ll be able to view the buses and trains operating on your route in real time at tripplanner.vta.org
Need further assistance? If you need help figuring out the best way to get where you want to go by transit, call VTA’s Information Service Representatives at (408) 321-2300 for personal assistance.
No schedule? No flyer? No problem! You can find real time information about bus and train arrivals and departures through one of VTA’s Mobile Apps Suite and third-party apps. Find out more at vta.org/apps
Are you interested in using Caltrain to commute to work, but are having trouble figuring out the train schedule? Check out one of the many Caltrain apps that simplify this info at caltrain.com/schedules/MobileDeviceSchedules.html
VTA has many improvements in the works for the transit system in San José. Learn more about what changes will be coming to your neighborhood at nextnetwork.vta.org
Plan your route! Our partners at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) offer personalized route advice at bikesiliconvalley.org/virtual-bike-route-scouts. Check out the archived rides SVBC has also posted in response to prior requests. One may be perfect for your needs.
Biking is a great way to get exercise while you commute! And, San José is committed to making biking easier and more convenient, with bike infrastructure being developed downtown and across the city. For more resources and tips on how to bike safely, visit bikesiliconvalley.org/resources. Be sure to check out the Corporate Commute and Urban Bicycling Workshops offered at bikesiliconvalley.org/programs
There are a wide variety of racks, baskets, and bags that can be mounted on your bike to help you carry what you need. Visit your local bike shop to see which would best fit your needs and budget. Find out more at bikeeastbay.org/Carrying
Take a walk! Downtown San José has a vibrant business and restaurant scene that many enjoy by foot. Check out our partners at California Walks and their planned walking routes to explore San José at californiawalks.org/projects/walksj
The Downtown Doors project has created beautiful artwork on doors around downtown San José. Find one on your walk by checking out the map at sjdowntown.com/foundation
If you encounter someone in need of assistance, spot an unusual situation, or feel uncomfortable walking somewhere downtown, you can contact one of our partners.
Check out our map for information on walking, biking, and taking transit downtown.
The City of San José has partnered with a number of outstanding organizations that seek to encourage walking, biking, and transit. Their expertise and support have helped make this program possible:
San Jose Walks - San Jose Walks is a chapter of California Walks, a statewide organization of affiliated nonprofit and volunteer groups dedicated to creating healthy, safe, and walkable communities. California Walks shares resources with the local population, such as maps and downtown walking guides, and provides support for walking events, such as Viva Calle SJ. Viva Calle SJ is a free, annual recreation program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to allow people to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city in a novel way. In partnership with Smart Moves San Jose, San Jose Walks will be leading walking events in downtown San Jose designed to highlight downtown’s hidden treasures as well as recommend great walking routes to key destinations.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) - The SVBC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in San Jose. Its purpose is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Among other things, SVBC offers personalized bike route planning as well as group rides and biking clinics to help get more people riding and doing so safely. Through Smart Moves San Jose, SVBC will be providing many of these services specifically to downtown residents this Spring.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission - The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The agency collaborates with a network of other public agencies to help support the streets, roads, highways, transit systems and other transportation resources that help millions of people get to where they need to be. MTC provided the City of San Jose grant funds to create and execute the Smart Moves program.