Project overview: Develop a plan to encourage and facilitate bike use as a form of active transportation in Yosemite.
How your support helps: Built in the early 1990s, the only existing bike path in eastern Yosemite Valley extends from the Yosemite Lodge and Swinging Bridge to Curry Village and surrounding campgrounds. Valley cyclists are otherwise expected to ride on paved surfaces in campgrounds and on roadways.
Visitation and bicycle use have grown considerably in the past 30 years, and with your support, the park can study, develop, and plan for the role of cycling as an important and safe mode of transportation — and a solution to traffic congestion in the crowded Valley — into the future.
This year: In 2022, your support will help hire a professional, unbiased consultant with expertise in infrastructure planning and cycling-specific projects who will assess existing bike routes and facilities, identify opportunities and constraints, develop project alternatives, and prepare a conceptual implementation plan to improve the current multiuse path system in the Valley.
In the short-term, this project will reduce trampling and other resource impacts as pathways are better connected and widened in some areas. In the long-term, the park’s strategic planning team hopes this first phase of work will expand opportunities for cycling, relieve traffic congestion, and ameliorate the overall visitor experience in Yosemite.
Project partner: Yosemite National Park