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About

Join Smart Moves San José as we make strides to improve quality of life in our community.

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.

Resources

Smart Moves San Jose gives you all you need for a hassle-free trip downtown

The Smart Moves Kits

The Smart Moves kits are all you need to determine the best way to get where you want to go by walking, biking, taking transit, and carpooling. The kits were created in collaboration with partners in the San José community to provide the tools you need to commute, run errands, and travel around downtown and beyond in a healthier and more environmentally-friendly way.

Here are some of the items included in each kit:

 Walking Kit iconWalking Kit - Walking kit has window cling, reflective stickers, events flyer, tip sheet

Biking Kit iconBiking Kit - Biking kit has window cling, reflective stickers, events flyer, tip sheet

Transit Kit iconTransit Kit - Transit kit has window cling, Clipper card, events flyer, tip sheet

Smart Moves iconCommit to Smarter Moves today! Sign up here to receive your own Smart Moves kit and take the next steps toward sustainable living.

We’re Committed to Smart Moves

We’re happy to recognize residents who have already made a commitment to change their trips downtown. Join us today and get your name on the list!

2 Pierce Ave, Unit 306: Bike and Transit, 2x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 321: Walk, Bike and Transit, 6x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 325: Walk and Bike, 6x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 328: Walk and Bike, 4x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 341: Bike, 1x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 424: Bike, 2x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 639: Walk and Transit, 6x/month
2 Pierce Ave, Unit 703: Bike and Transit, 4x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 325: Walk, Bike and Transit, 15x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 308: Bike and Transit, 4x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 109: Walk, 1x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 125: Walk, 2x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 523: Bike, 2x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 242: Transit, 10x/month
144 S 3rd St, Unit 120: Walk, Bike and Transit, 6x/month
424 Auzerais Ave: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
448 Auzerais Ave: Transit, 2x/month
322 Gifford Ave: Walk and Transit, 1x/month
378 Gifford Ave: Bike, 4x/month
428 Minor Ave: Walk, 4x/month
438 Minor Ave: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
469 Auzerais Ave: Bike and Transit, 1x/month
492 Auzerais Ave: Walk, 2x/month
495 Auzerais Ave: Bike, 2x/month
327 Gifford Ave: Transit, 4x/month
383 Gifford Ave: Bike and Transit, 2x/month
389 Gifford Ave: Walk and Transit, 2x/month
412 Josefa St: Walk, Bike and Transit, 1x/month
416 Josefa St: Bike and Transit, 2x/month
433 Minor Ave: Walk and Bike, 1x/month
405 Willis Ave: Bike, 4x/month
415 Willis Ave: Bike, 2x/month
424 Willis Ave: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
428 Willis Ave: Transit, 1x/month
461 Willis Ave: Bike and Transit, 2x/month
467 Willis Ave: Transit, 3x/month
538 Auzerais Ave: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
544 Auzerais Ave: Walk, 1x/month
571 Auzerais Ave: Walk and Transit, 2x/month
549 Columbia Ave: Transit, 1x/month
351 Josefa St: Walk and Bike, 2x/month
454A W Saint John St: Bike, 2x/month
131 Gifford Ave: Bike and Transit, 2x/month
431 Park Ave: Bike, 2x/month
420 W San Fernando St: Walk, 5x/month
255 Josefa St: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
512 Lorraine Ave: Bike, 2x/month
471 Park Ave: Bike, 2x/month
461 Gregory St: Walk, 5x/month
475 Gregory St: Walk and Bike, 6x/month
490 Hannah St: Transit, 2x/month
506 Hannah St: Transit, 2x/month
508 Hannah St: Walk, 1x/month
511 Hannah St: Bike, 2x/month
513 Hannah St: Walk, 4x/month
#101 38 N Almaden Blvd: Transit, 2x/month
#103 38 N Almaden Blvd: Bike, 3x/month
#1107 38 N Almaden Blvd: Walk, 1x/month
#1316 38 N Almaden Blvd: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
#1515 38 N Almaden Blvd: Transit, 2x/month
#1701 38 N Almaden Blvd: Transit, 3x/month
#1907 38 N Almaden Blvd: Walk, Bike and Transit, 2x/month
#2201 38 N Almaden Blvd: Walk, 2x/month

Partners

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:

California Walks - Stepping Up OF Health, Equity and Sustainability

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

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.

Valley Transportation Authority
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) - VTA is Santa Clara County’s transit provider and congestion management agency. It provides bus, light rail, and paratransit services, and participates as a funding partner in regional rail service including Caltrain, Capital Corridor, and the Altamont Corridor Express. VTA is also responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management, design and construction of highway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvement projects, and promotion of transit oriented development. VTA provides resources such as maps, emergency ride home services, and personalized trip planning in-person and through a new web-based platform. In conjunction with Smart Moves San Jose, VTA organizes public transit events.

Groundwerx Logo
Groundwerx - Groundwerx is a subgroup of the Property-Based Improvement District (PBID), managed by the San Jose Downtown Association. The group uses PBID business property tax funds to help keep downtown friendly and clean. The Groundwerx Ambassadors are easy to spot in bright green shirts. They help folks with directions, walk people to their car when requested, and report unusual events. The Groundwerx cleaning crew helps keep downtown clean with sidewalk sweeping, anti-graffiti efforts, and more.

MTC logo

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.

Events

You won’t want to miss our upcoming events! Be part of this movement that makes downtown trips fun and stress-free.

Monthly

*Event organized by Smart Moves San José and our local partners

San Jose Bike Train
1st & 3rd Weds Every Month
Leaves Diridon Station @ 8am, 1.5 Hours
Join the lupebikepool and bike to work northbound along the Guadalupe River Trail. Ride to work with your coworkers and neighbors utilizing a fun, safe, and inclusive service.

lupebikepool Commute
2nd Wed & 4th Fri Every Month
Leaves Diridon Station @ 7:30am and Bel Bacio @ 7:45am, San Jose
San Jose Bike Train is an inclusive, no-drop social ride designed specifically to introduce travel by bike to newcomers. It uses the Guadalupe River Trail to serve destinations along the Guadalupe Parkway/North 1st Street corridor. We’ll love you no matter your style of bike, apparel, age or body shape. Pace is 10 to 12 MPH

South First Fridays
1st Fri Every Month (except July)
South 1st Street Area, San Jose @ 7pm–11pm
The art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances. Print your own map from South First Fridays’ website.

May

Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Multiple routes across Santa Clara County
On Thursday May 11, 2017 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. More than 90 Energizer Stations in Santa Clara County will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and a few words of encouragement. For advice on the best route for your ride, visit SVBC.

Exploring San Jose’s Trail Network
Friday, May 26, 2017
Start location TBD @ 4pm – email or call 408.638.0083
San Jose’s trail network is a beloved, but often hidden, open space asset that facilitates bicycle commuting and outdoor recreation while connecting neighborhoods, parks and the downtown. In conjunction with National Bike Month, join us for a bicycle tour on some of the system’s highlights as we learn about its growing role in sustainable transportation and urban open space.

Touring San Jose’s Urban Gardens
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Start location TBD @ 4pm – email or call 408.638.0083
San Jose is a city rich in amenities, and one of its greatest assets is its abundance of amazing community gardens. Hop on a bike, or carpool in a caravan, and join us as we stop by some of the best examples in the neighborhoods around the downtown. We’ll learn about the history of the city’s urban gardens, how they’re managed and how you can get involved.

Downtown San José Public Art Tour*
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Meet at San José City Hall Plaza @ 12pm, 1 Hour
Smart Moves San José and California Walks are hosting this walking tour of some of downtown’s amazing array of public art.

June

Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 2017
Downtown Sunnyvale from 10am-6pm
Hop on Caltrain at Diridon Station and ride to the Sunnyvale Station (about 30 minutes), then walk one block south to Murphy Avenue. Enjoy art and crafts by hundreds of vendors, food, wine, beer, and free music.

Dancin on the Avenue
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Lincoln Ave between Willow and Minnesota, San Jose (Willow Glen) @ 2pm-8pm
Take the 84 or 62 bus to Lincoln Avenue (about 30 minutes) in Willow Glen. Enjoy food, entertainment, vendors, and more! Bus schedules: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/transit-live/route-schedules.

Make Music Day*
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Meet at light rail stop on N 1st St between Santa Clara St and San Fernando St @ 5:30pm
Smart Moves San José and VTA will be on hand to guide you on how to take transit to events at the Diridon and Ohlone/Chenowyth stations. Make Music San Jose is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts in parks, plazas, and porches across the city.

Art Door Walk
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Meet at the San Jose Downtown Association at 28 N. 1st St, Suite 1000 @ 10:30am, 1 Hour
The San Jose Downtown Association’s Downtown Foundation will be leading a tour of the City’s art doors. The City has 113 pieces of art created by local high school students on utility boxes and doors downtown. This tour will highlight the 20 done by the Class of 2017.

July

July 4th Fun Festival*
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Meet at the corner of 7th St and Santa Clara St @ 5:30pm
Smart Moves San José and VTA will be on hand to guide you on taking the 64 bus to Almaden Lake to enjoy this family-friendly event. The festival features live local bands playing diverse genres of music, comfort foods from trendy food trucks, arts and crafts, a parade, children's safety demos and more.

Obon Festival Bikepool*
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Meet at Plaza del Cesar Chavez (640 North 5th Street) @ 10am
Join Smart Moves San José and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition on a bike ride to Japantown’s largest festival. Game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, the Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko and over 1,200 dancers in full costume. Festival continues on Sunday. Route may include public art elements as well.

Ice Cream Social Bike Ride*
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Meet at Plaza del Cesar Chavez (640 North 5th Street) @ 1pm, 1 Hour
Join Smart Moves San José and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition on a bike ride and ice cream social. We will ride to Willow Glen and visit local ice cream stores. Riders of all levels welcome.

Downtown San José Public Art Tour*
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Meet at San José City Hall Plaza @ 6pm, 1 Hour
Smart Moves San José and California Walks are hosting this walking tour of some of downtown’s amazing array of public art.

35th Annual Fountain Blues Festival
Saturday, July 24, 2017
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park 170 S Market St, San Jose @ 12pm
A full day of non-stop live music steeped in the blues plus a great selection of craft beers in our craft beer garden.

Choose a Smart Move every day and keep the stress of driving away.

Smart Moves San José. We’re on this ride together.