Managers Mobility Partnership
What are we doing?
The Managers Mobility Partnership is an agreement between the managers of four Silicon Valley cities (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and Menlo Park) and Stanford University. The five partners agreed in May 2016 to work jointly to address transportation challenges facing their communities (read their signed compact). Joint Venture convenes the five entities and provides staffing and administrative support.
Thus far the group is working on bicycle infrastructure across their communities, by (1) expanding bike sharing programs, and providing those services as a unified coalition of cities; (2) filling the gaps in their north-south bike corridors, and improving the connections between their communities, so that there will be an interconnected regional network.
The group is also engaging Stanford students in the public policy and engineering programs, who are providing research and policy analysis.
Why are we doing it?
Because of population growth and the prodigious expansion of the Silicon Valley economy, the mobility challenges facing these communities are legion. Nor are they confined to a single community, because people’s travel and commute patterns typically cross multiple jurisdictions. For this reason, the senior managers and planners of these communities have agreed they cannot tackle their transportation issues in isolation. Instead, the communities are working in a framework of collaboration and cooperation.
The Managers Mobility Partnership is carried out by the city managers in the four cities, and the senior associate vice president of Stanford University:
- James Keene, City of Palo Alto
- Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City of Redwood City
- Daniel H. Rich, City of Mountain View
- Alex D. McIntyre, City of Menlo Park
- William Phillips, Stanford University
The group also encompasses the senior transportation and planning officials of each locality.
What are the latest developments?
On September 21, 2016 the group announced they had negotiated an agreement with Motivate, LLC, to operate a fleet of shared bikes on the Peninsula beginning June 2017, with Palo Alto being the first city to deploy. The agreement paves the way for these five communities to partner with Motivate as a block, and participate in the broader GoBike bike share system being sponsored by Ford Motor Company.
The state-of-the-art bikes feature technology placed on the bikes themselves rather than built into large station kiosks. This means the bikes can be picked up and returned at designated hubs or at any bike rack, making the system versatile for riders and allowing customers to reserve, pay for, and locate bikes via an intuitive mobile application.
What are the next steps?
The group has plans to tackle other sub-regional transportation challenges, including:
- The walkability in their communities, particularly in corridors traversing cities.
- Optimizing coices that address the first- and last-mile problems, including shuttles, car sharing services, and various forms of transit.
- Advocating enhanced service on Caltrain, including greater frequencies and other capacity upgrades.
- Improving traffic signal coordination and other “smart” approaches to travel on the major arterials, across all modes.
Where do I find out more?
To learn more about the Managers Mobility Partnership initiative or request a briefing, please contact: