Getting Around Mountain View

Walking, Bicycling, etc. in Mountain View

Mountain View is served by a diverse and high-quality transportation network.

In addition to a robust and well-maintained network of local streets, motorists have easy access to U.S. Route 101, State Highway 85, California State Route 237, El Camino Real (California State Route 82), and Central Expressway (County Route G6).

Mountain View’s award-winning Downtown Transit Center, at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, serves as an intermodal transit hub for pedestrians, bicyclists, Caltrain commuter rail service, VTA light rail and public transit services, and public and private shuttles.

More than 6 miles of joint-use pedestrian and bicycle trails, link neighborhoods, employment centers, schools, transit and other destinations throughout Mountain View.

Major Plans/Studies

Additional reference materials are available at the Reference Desk at the Mountain View Public Library.

Community Shuttle

The Mountain View Community Shuttle is free for everybody. You can board a shuttle at one of 50 stops throughout town 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, including map and schedule, visit the Mountain View Community Shuttle website.

Suggested Routes to Schools (VERBS)

The City was awarded a three-year, $500,000 Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) grant in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around schools and encourage bicycling and walking to schools through age-appropriate educational programs for Grades K-12. The City recently completed activities associated with that grant-funding period.

Mountain View has been awarded another $500,000 grant to continue its VERBS program for another three years (through June 2017).

Additional information/data regarding the City's VERBS program is available here.

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Bike Lanes and Trails

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/Pac)

The City's B/PAC is an advisory body to the City Council on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The B/PAC members advise and make recommendations to the City Council on policy, proposed improvements, and the operation and maintenance of the City's bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Bike Friendly Community

bike trailMountain View was designated a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012 by the League of American Bicyclists, an upgrade from the Bronze-Level award the City held since 2004. The Silver-Level award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Mountain View is one of only 242 communities across the country to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Bicycle Friendly Business

Become a Bicycle Friendly Business! The League of American Bicyclists recognizes businesses for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community through its Bicycle Friendly Business program. To learn more or apply, click here


The Mountain View Public Library offers free bike education classes.

BIKE MONTH                                                                                                        

The City Council has proclaimed May 2016 as Bike Month.

PILOT Bike Share Program

The City of Mountain View has established a one-year Pilot Bike Share Program to test a permit-based, dockless bike share system. The pilot will run through April 30, 2019. Through this program, bike share operators may apply for a permit to operate up to 400 standard and/or e-bike bicycles with the City, with a cap of 800 bicycles for all operators combined. These bicycles are self-locking and do not require racks or docks for parking; therefore, they will be available for use anywhere in the City.

The City is currently accepting permit applications from bike share operators and more information will be provided as permits are issued. See permits and licenses to view the permit terms and conditions.

Bike Maps

The City of Mountain View provides this existing and planned bikeway network information as advisory only. The City encourages all bicyclists to choose when and where to ride according to their ability and experience, and guide children accordingly. The City updates the maps periodically so current bikeway network conditions may not be reflected:

City of Mountain View Interactive Bike Map (2016)
City of Mountain View Printed Bike Map (2016)

Bike Rack Locations

For locations of bike racks in downtown Mountain View click here.

Bicycle shelter/ bicycle Lockers

Please note that the bike lockers located on the Mountain View Caltrain platform are not City of Mountain View bike lockers; those are Caltrain lockers—click here for Caltrain Lockers.

The City offers rent-free, short-term bicycle storage. Spaces are available in the bicycle shelter located at the Downtown Transit Center at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, or at one of the many bicycle lockers found throughout Mountain View’s downtown.

Renting a locker or shelter space is easy. Bring a valid California Driver License, ID card (California only) or passport, a description of the bike to be locked/parked, the bike’s serial or identification number, and $25 for a one-time refundable deposit, to the Public Works Department located on the first floor of City Hall at 500 Castro Street. Once you complete and sign a rental agreement and pay the $25 deposit, you will receive your shelter access code within 72 hours or a bike locker key.  (Currently there is a waitlist for bicycle lockers.  If you would like your name added to the list, please contact the Public Works Department.)

The Public Works Department can be reached at (650) 903-6311 or if you have any questions or need additional information.

Cycling/walking Links

The following links provide helpful information regarding bicycle safety and other resources.