<![CDATA[BikeSGV - News]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:07:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[FINAL VOTE: Temple City Council to Select Las Tunas Design - Thursday 2/11]]>Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:18:30 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/support-needed-las-tunas-drive-re-design-meeting-monday-121
Almost three years ago, at a special meeting of the City Council on December 27, 2012, Temple City's elected officials unanimously voted to reinvent Temple City's stagnant downtown by endorsing an ambitious makeover of Las Tunas Drive into a more vibrant, safe and people-friendly business district. 

Since then The City's leadership has changed, with a new City Manager and two new Council Members - William Man and Nanette Fish - having inherited the project from their predecessors.  The City has also hosted several additional public meetings to gather further input on the Las Tunas Drive revitalization project, including a special meeting on December 1, 2015 that included a non-binding straw-poll. At that meeting, the Council moved 3-1 in favor of Option A, the most transformative (and safest) design alternative which closely mirrors the design unanimously approved by City Council in December 2012. 
Option B - 2 Westbound lanes (Las Tunas Redesign)
Council Member William Man, one of two newcomers to the Council who did not participate in the 2012 decision, noted that he had just had his first child, an experience that had already changed how he thought about everything. He recognized that this planning decision was for future generations and decided he wanted to make the city better for his kids and their kids. Mr. Man also acknowledged that many in the audience grew up in a different era and that many younger residents desire a less car-dependent, more active, healthy, and local lifestyle.

Also voting in favor were Council Member Vincent Yu and Council Member Cynthia Sternquist, who shared that this project remains the hardest decision she's had to make in 6 years on Council. The deciding factor for her was the park-poor nature of Temple City - only 2 parks in 4.5 square miles. She also noted that the addition of public space in downtown included in Option A would be the type of big change needed to make downtown Temple City special again. Council Member Nannette Fish, the other recently elected first-term representative, recused herself from the issue, citing her status as a Las Tunas Drive business owner as a potential conflict of interest. 

The one dissenting vote was from Mr. Chavez, who questioned whether slow average travel times for automobiles would attract new businesses and whether people on bikes would use Las Tunas as many he has queried have stated they prefer quieter residential streets. 
Option C - No road diet, addition of bike lanes
Heat map of collisions between motorists and people on foot or bikes on Las Tunas Dr - 2008-13 (Source: TIMS, UC Berkeley)
FINAL MEETING: Thursday February 11th
Especially if you live or shop in Temple City, or would be more likely to do so if it was more pedestrian and bike-friendly, local decision makers need to hear from you! 

What YOU Can DO!
  1. ATTEND the 2/11 meeting and provide public comment in person! If at all possible, please save-the-date and join us. Please note the meeting location has changed, and will now be held at: LIVE OAK PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 10144 Bogue St. Temple City, CA 91780
  2. Submit comments via email. A short list of benefits as well as a template letter can be found below. We encourage everyone to take a moment and personalize their comments.  Even short, personal statements are more powerful than carbon copies.
For more info, see the City staff report.
Please send email comments to the following addresses:


Benefits of People-Friendly Alternative 3 (incomplete list)
  • Temple City is only 4 square miles and flat, ideal for walking and biking for short trips.
  • Proposed safety improvements such as shorter crossing distances and high-visibility crosswalks will make walking and riding a bike more viable for residents of all ages, as well as improve physical and mental health.
  • A more walk and bike-able community will encourage residents to patronize local businesses, rather than those outside City limits.
  • Class II Bike Lanes will decrease sidewalk cycling and increase safety for people on bikes.
  • Narrower lane widths will reduce speeding and increase safety for EVERYONE (e.g., research shows that danger increases significantly with speed - pedestrians struck by automobiles driving 40mph have an 85% chance of dying; at 30mph fatalities drop to about 45%; and at 20mph only 5%.)
  • Back-In Angled Parking (video) would 1) increase safety for motorists entering/exiting parking spaces and people on bikes (e.g., eliminates risk of “dooring” - collision when door of parked car opens in front of oncoming cyclist); 2) add additional, convenient, storefront parking; 3) Be easier and faster than parallel parking with benefits to traffic flow; and 4)  Provide more separation between moving traffic and pedestrians.

-------------------Template letter (please personalize)----------------------
Temple City Council
9701 Las Tunas Dr.
Temple City, CA 91780

RE: Support for a Safer, More Vibrant Las Tunas 

Honorable Mayor, Members of the City Council, and Staff,

As a concerned citizen who [lives/rides/shops] in Temple City, I support your efforts to transform Las Tunas into a vibrant business district easily accessible by foot, bike, public transportation and automobile.

The Council's unanimously adopted 2012 vision for Las Tunas included best practices in street design that would improve the corridor's safety for everyone, especially more vulnerable minors and seniors who are disproportionately the victim of collisions with automobiles in the City. Following through on the below listed improvements would make for a safer, more comfortable downtown with:

  • Wider sidewalks 
  • Shorter, protected pedestrian crossings
  • New pedestrian crossings on long blocks
  • Back-in angled parking
  • Buffered bicycle lanes
  • Narrower travel lane widths
  • New street trees for parkways and center medians 
  • Bus stop improvements
  • Public art
In addition to making Las Tunas safer for everyone, these improvements would create a greener, calmer corridor, a destination rather an east-west cut through for non-residents and commuters. As local leaders you have the power to support a more people-friendly downtown. I hope you will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the City and region towards a healthier, more sustainable future. 

<![CDATA[The Year of Open Streets: SAVE-THE-DATES!]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:58:59 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/save-the-dates-socal-open-streets-20162016 is shaping up to be the most open-streets-friendly in SoCal, ever, with over a half a dozen  major "ciclovias" scheduled between March and October. Equally exciting, several events will feature completely new routes and neighborhoods to explore, including four southeast LA cities on May 15th and a host of San Gabriel Valley cities on June 12th and 26th. If you enjoy exploring LA's diversity by foot, bike, or skate, it's time to get out the calendar and save some dates for an active day with friends and family!

Save the Dates: SoCaL Open Streets 2016

cicLAvia on the "Miracle Mile" - Wilshire Blvd (2014)
What are "Open Streets"?
"Open Streets" events or "ciclovias" are temporary street closures for automobile traffic that "open" roads for community members of all ages to walk, bike, dance, play, jog, run, socialize and more!  Popularized over 40 years ago in Bogota, Columbia, whose “ciclovia” takes place every Sunday and public holiday from 7am to 2pm with an estimated 2 million participants spread out over 70 miles, these simple but powerful events are relatively new to southern California; the first and largest regular event in SoCal (CicLAvia) was only hosted in October 2010. Check out this video for a better idea of what these wonderful community events can look like. 
<![CDATA[BikeSGV Welcomes Monica Curiel to the Team!]]>Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:56:28 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/bikesgv-welcomes-monica-curiel-to-the-teamPicture
The newest member of the BikeSGV team, Pomona resident Monica Curiel vividly remembers being taught how to ride her bike and then taking street trips with her father. The only daughter of Mexican born parents, Monica found that connecting with her father was not always easy. However the two had one thing in common that always brought them together: biking. In high school, her father signed them up for bike tours up and down California. Biking meant spending time with family, getting outdoors and staying healthy; all values that are still a big part of her life and work. 

Following her graduation from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resources Studies, Monica began 
pursuing her goal to work for a better environment and a healthier community learning how to be an organizer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, working on mercury contamination issues. The role taught her valuable organizing skills in garnering support for a campaign, outreaching to the community and teaching others about important issues. As her campaign wrapped up, the opportunity to live and volunteer in Senegal, on the coast of West Africa, presented itself. The time flew and after a year and a half, Monica had worked on environmental education and ecotourism with the local community and environmental leaders. The experience was extremely educational. In addition to picking up French, Monica also learned that the world has many ways to do things. This understanding and ability to adapt are skills she considers vital to working in different communities and on diverse projects. 

Coming home to California, Monica settled in the San Bernardino Mountains as the Program Coordinator of a very special place called the Children’s Forest in Running Springs. Her job there was to recruit and lead a team of youth volunteers from ages 11-17. Together they participated in forest restoration projects, environmental education and fun activities such as camping, kayaking, rock climbing hiking and snowshoeing. The San Bernardino Mountains holds a special place in her heart even now and Monica invites anyone to join her anytime on a hike in her old neighborhood complete with fun facts about the trees, plants, birds and wildlife all around. 

Life and work eventually brought Monica down off the mountain and to Los Angeles and now to the San Gabriel Valley. Working at BikeSGV is exciting because alternative and active transportation is connected to so many human and environmental health factors. Although her experience has been in working in everything from toxics to community gardens and water conservation, as an ecologist, Monica’s philosophy believes that all things are connected. The individual choice to ride a bike positively contributes to a person’s overall physical and mental health. It also contributes to cleaner air quality by taking cars off the road, sparking a positive feedback loop by further contributing to better health and a cleaner environment. Walking and biking more also reduces the demand for fossil fuels which is connected to the incredibly important issue of climate change. We can even find the added benefit of connecting communities when folks get together to share a train, a bus or a bike lane. In fact, Monica’s favorite part of public transport is striking up conversations with a diverse array of people, recalling one woman who boarded with a beautiful live parrot on her shoulder!

Speaking of parrots, Monica is confident her expertise and background counting pelicans, flamingos and other shorebirds will translate well to counting slower-moving pedestrians and bicyclists. As BikeSGV's Active Transportation Data Coordinator she is looking forward to working with local volunteers to collect this incredibly important data, identify local and regional needs, and support communities in securing funding to make walking and biking safer and more enjoyable for all. 

<![CDATA[City of Duarte Releases Draft Bicycle Master Plan]]>Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:05:54 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/city-of-duarte-releases-draft-bicycle-master-planWith the Foothill Gold Line Azusa extension slated to open March 5, 2016, the Cities of Duarte and Monrovia are moving quickly to complete and adopt their first Bicycle Master Plans. First out the gate is the City of Duarte, whose planning consultant Fehr and Peers developed the below map of potential Duarte bikeways.

Based upon recommendations from planning and city staff, the results of an online plan survey, and public input received during an Open House event on October 28th, the draft plan outlines a series of improvements for bicycling in the City. Specific examples include the striping of the City's first Class II Bicycle Lanes on Buena Vista, Highland, and Duarte Road; the widening of a the City's existing and very popular Class I recreational path along Royal Oaks; and the development of a Class I off-street connection from the existing San Gabriel River trail in neighboring Irwindale to the new Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station. 
Draft Duarte Bicycle Master Plan Map (November 2015)
A higher resolution, PDF copy of the above map can be downloaded by clicking on the image above or link at right. 
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BikeSGV's Analysis
  • Class I Bicycle Path connection to the San Gabriel River Trail is excellent. The existing Class I connection by Encanto Park is heavily-used by recreational cyclists from across the region, and this second connection should be very useful for people from Duarte and neighboring communities who wish to use a bicycle in conjunction with Metro rail. 
  • Class II Bicycle Lanes on Duarte Rd would be a significant improvement, providing safer access for residents to Metro rail and the City of Hope campus, a major employer in the community. 
  • Class II Bicycle Lanes on Encanto Parkway should be heavily used and helpful to recreational cyclists, who frequent this stretch of road via Royal Oaks to access the San Gabriel River trail.  
  • Class II Bicycle Lanes on Highland would provide safer north-south access to Metro, but should continue all the way to the station at Duarte Road. The current proposal would see a Class II lane change to a Class III route just north of the station. Given the relatively low traffic volumes on this section of roadway, it should be feasible to extend lanes to the station with little to no impact on other road users.
  • Bicycle improvements to the City's main business corridor - Huntington Drive - is noticeably absent from the map above. Stretches of Huntington Drive in Duarte have adequate space for bicycle lanes, and possibly even buffered bicycle lanes, and should be accommodated to provide safer access for people on bikes to patronize local businesses.  
Highland Ave (southbound approach to Gold Line Station) - Class III Bicycle Route proposed (i.e. signage and "sharrow" road stencils)
Next Steps and Upcoming Meetings
The draft plan will be reviewed by the Duarte City Council on January 12th. BikeSGV encourages people who bike in the community to submit comments and suggestions via email or in person. 
  • What: Duarte City Council Meeting (agenda)
  • Where: Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010
  • When: Tuesday January 12th (7pm)
<![CDATA[We're Hiring! ]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:21:34 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/were-hiringBikeSGV is excited to share that we have been awarded a two year grant to assist cities across the San Gabriel Valley collect local data on walking and biking. As the map below highlights, many communities in the region have not conducted any bicycle and pedestrian counts, let alone more robust forms of data collection such as community street audits and surveys.

​This seemingly mundane task is absolutely critical insofar as highly competitive state grant funding for implementing infrastructure improvements such as bike lanes and paths favors applications and projects more heavily that have robust, current local data. The lack of such data places our communities at a disadvantage in applying for funding for walking and biking projects. Needless to say we are excited to announce we are looking for an individual to help us address this need and support a more pedestrian and bike-friendly SGV!  Read on for details.  
Image courtesy SCAG/Metro Bike Count Data Clearinghouse


 Title: SGV Active Transportation Data Coordinator
Job Description:  BikeSGV is seeking a full-time Data Coordinator for a two year grant-funded project.  The Coordinator will work in collaboration with project volunteers, advisory board members and stakeholders to collect, analyze and report bicycle and pedestrian mode share data. Focusing on San Gabriel Valley cities lacking such data, the coordinator will organize local bike/ped counts, resident surveys, community street audits, and bicycle parking audits. Collected data will be utilized to facilitate implementation of planned active transportation improvements, identify problem areas, determine local preferred facility types, and develop formal recommendations around Active Transportation for local communities and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments..
Ideal candidates will share our passion for creating more pedestrian and bike-friendly communities, and have a background in community outreach, data collection, GIS, event planning, and working with culturally and demographically diverse populations.
Minimum Requirements:
  • 4-year college degree, preferably with a focus or background in urban planning, public policy, public health, statistics or related field;
  • Demonstrated success planning and coordinating volunteer teams;
  • Experience working independently on longer-term projects
  • Familiarity with the San Gabriel Valley and/or willingness to relocate to the region
  • Survey development, administration and evaluation experience
  • Spanish and/or Chinese-language skills
  • League Certified Instructor (LCI) bicycle safety certification
Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties and responsibilities of the coordinator will include:
  1. Adherence and fidelity to the project timeline, Scope of Work, and requirements; 
  2. Recruitment and coordination of project volunteers;
  3. Organization of bicycle and pedestrian counts, community walking and bicycling street audits, and bicycle parking analysis for San Gabriel Valley cities lacking such data;
  4. Identification of priority active transportation corridors based on existing data (e.g., modal share, safety data);
  5. Performance evaluation of new active transportation infrastructure in the region (e.g., Rosemead Blvd “cycletrack”);
  6. Collection of an inventory, state-of-repair and effectiveness for bike parking facilities in the San Gabriel Valley;
  7. Identification of opportunities for ATP investments and improvements;
  8. Community outreach regarding benefits of active transportation investments;
  9. Support of BikeSGV team projects and initiatives; and
  10. Coordination with the BikeSGV Advisory Board to facilitate project planning, outreach, development and implementation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in GIS, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and meet project objectives in a timely manner without supervision
  • Willing to work on other tasks as it relates to the goals and objectives of this project
Special Requirements: 
  • Passion for public health, ped/bike-friendly communities, and youth development
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including weekends and evenings, to accommodate community meetings and data collection requirements
  • Willingness to utilize public and active transportation for commute and work-related activities
Salary commensurate with experience. Full benefits, including medical, vision, dental. Annual Metro TAP card. 15 days paid vacation.
Additional information: 
Start date January 2015. BikeSGV is a project of Community Partners
Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and 3 references in PDF format to wes@bikeSGV.org by December 1, 2015.
<![CDATA[Guest Blog entry: The Elephant in the Room Roars: Addressing Equity in the Bike Advocacy World]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:16:20 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/guest-blog-entry-the-elephant-in-the-room-roars-addressing-equity-in-the-bike-advocacy-worldGuest blog entry by Amy J. Wong
PicturePhoto by David Ku
​Last weekend, a BikeSGV delegation- 9 of our BikeSGV board members, staff and volunteers- attended the 2015 California Bicycle Summit in San Diego, a 3-day conference hosted by California Bike Coalition that brought together bicycle advocates from across the state. With the theme, “Equity in Motion”, the summit’s program included 40 sessions on the topics of bicycling, equity and the intersection of the two.

Highlights included the ability to network and learn from other advocacy groups. David Diaz presented our SGV Regional Bike Master Plan and we attended Open Streets workshops, learning from CicLAvia and San Jose Open Streets, gaining valuable insight for our open streets events in 2016 (save the date: 6/26/16!).

Most importantly, we had conversations about equity, dissecting concepts like institutional racism, oppression, white privilege, to name a few- and how we all play different roles in advancing or preventing equity. Looking around the room, most attendees were white and male, and were not comfortable addressing the elephant in the room- equity and all its subcomponents: racism, sexism, diversity, inclusion, etc.

The issue of equity in the bicycle advocacy world has been the awkward elephant in the room for quite a while. At the national level, the League of American Bicyclists serves as the oldest and most widely respected bike advocacy organization in the United States. During a plenary, Hazmat Sani, the Equity Initiative Director for the League of American Bicyclists, mentioned that the League placed a color ban from 1894-1999. For 105 years, based on skin color alone, one was not allowed into a meeting for the League of American Wheelmen (what the League was called back then). Considering that it has only been 16 years since the ban was lifted, its effects are still being felt to this day.

The League recently hired a new Executive Director, Alex Doty, a decision which has caused tension amongst bicycling advocacy leaders. On October 28th, the 3rd day of the conference, a coalition of such leaders, including many folks at the CalBike Summit, published an open letter to the League, expressing concern over the decision:

“We in no way aim to minimize the challenges faced by the League’s Board of Directors nor to criticize the selection of Mr. Doty, who we believe to be a fine candidate for the position. But we must express our concern as diverse leaders — women, advocates of color and equity allies — within our collective active transportation movements that the organization “appointed” a successor to this critical leadership position rather than conducting a formal nationwide search. We believe that the League’s decision to bypass a national search is a recurring example of an organizational practice that systematically undermines equity, diversity and inclusion within our growing bike/walk movement.”

2 days later, the League’s published a seemingly vague response to their open letter, ask[ing] every signatory to the letter, every member of the League, and each person who cares about the organization to join Alex and the Board in the exciting work ahead.”

Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LACBC), spoke about how difficult it is to be a queer Black woman doing bicycle advocacy work. On the daily, she must deal with microaggressions that accumulate and harm her- physically, emotionally, mentally. And as a woman of color, I can empathize entirely. In my experience leading Women on Wheels, whose goal is to empower more women in the SGV to bike, many women become “accidental advocates” because there aren’t enough women speaking up about bicycling issues. There aren’t as many women, especially queer women of color, who are included and represented at the bicycling advocacy table. Thus, the ones who do speak up feel an extra layer of responsibility representing marginalized voices at the table.

Tamika is the epitome of intersectionality. Just 3 days before the CalBike Summit, I heard her speak at the 5th Annual Health Education Conference in LA, where she discussed public health work as anti-oppression work. Like Hazmat Sani, Tamika believes in bicycling as not just a simple infrastructure issue but as a social justice issue that intersects with many other realms, including race, health, environment, etc. When we isolate bicycling as a singular issue, we remove the historical, political, cultural significance of what it means to bike in our communities. Who designed our streets in the first place and who were they designed for?

Funnily enough, the second day of the CalBike Summit, while scrolling through my Facebook notifications, I learned that I was pictured, along with Maria Sipin and Eve Sanford, on the cover of the League’s magazine, Summer/Fall 2015 edition. It was a photo taken on one of the “Women Bike, Women Lead” rides, a women-led series of bike rides and workshops funded by a small mini-grant given by the League. On one hand, I was grateful to have been featured on a national magazine, but at the same time, a part of me felt used. I couldn’t help but think: am I being tokenized? How do we ensure that programs like “Woman Bike, Woman Lead” are funded not as a one-time magazine-cover gig but also as a long-term, institutionalized program?

Attending the CalBike Summit gave me context to how we as BikeSGV serve the San Gabriel Valley and empower low-income communities of color through our bicycle advocacy work. As an El Monte resident, born and raised, everyday when I drive to work, I see so many people on their bikes. Immigrant communities like ours have always depended on bikes, not as a recreational activity but as a way of surviving here in America. With the grand opening of our Bicycle Education Center, we can directly help communities by providing low-cost/free bike education, repair and maintenance, and hosting youth programs.

Institutional issues demand institutional solutions. In the bicycling advocacy world, only when we centralize equity as our core framework, only when we elevate and amplify community-led initiatives, can we succeed in creating healthier, safer streets for all. We must ask ourselves how we are proactively including equity into the conversation. Who is at the table making decisions about our streets/ bike lanes? How do we ensure we are prioritizing low-income communities of color? Let’s not be afraid of talking about the elephant in the room.

A major thanks to the California Bike Coalition for awarding a scholarship to our BikeSGV delegation. Without the scholarship, we would not have been able to attend the summit- tickets cost $425 per person- a financial barrier that most likely prevented representatives from disadvantaged communities from attending.

<![CDATA[SGV Bicycle Education Center Opens At Jeff Seymour Family Center!]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:44:39 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/sgv-bicycle-education-center-opens-at-jeff-seymour-family-center
The San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Education Center (SGV-BEC), the region’s first public bicycle repair and education cooperative, opened Sunday, October 25th at the Jeff Seymour Family Center on 10900 Mulhall Street, El Monte 91731.

Over 60 attendees enjoyed the day's festivities, which included a costumed 15 mile spooky "Bike Train" ride along the Rio Hondo River Trail to Whittier Narrows, a healthy barbecue, folding bike test rides courtesy of Duarte-based Dahon folding bikes, and a community raffle!

Among the dignitaries joining the festivities were CA State Assembly Member Ed Chau (D), Garvey School Board Member and representative for CA State Senator Ed Hernandez - Janet Chin, Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce President Dora Leung, Monterey Park City Clerk Vincent Chang, Representative for Congresswoman Judy Chu - Enrique Robles, and San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water Board Member Thomas Wong.  

BikeSGV representatives were also honored to receive certificates of recognition from Assembly Member Chau, who highlighted the need to better support biking and walking initiatives across the state, Senator Hernandez and the City of Monterey Park. 

​The SGV-BEC will empower residents of all ages and abilities to maintain, repair, and safely operate bicycles. In the months ahead the center will provide bicycle education programming for San Gabriel Valley residents, including free bike classes for first-timers, beginners and intermediate riders. Recycled bicycles will also be available as rentals to help residents without a bicycle explore the nearby Emerald Necklace bikeway network.

The center's opening was made possible thanks to the generous support of community partners and benefactors including the El Monte City School District (classroom space at the Jeff Seymour Family Center), Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center (funding for tools and active commuting classes), Whole Foods East Pasadena (funding for tools), City of Hope (funding for "Learn to Bike" classes), Dahon Folding Bicycles (raffle donations), the Pasadena Athletic Association (raffle donations), and over two dozen individual donors (parts, tools, center seed-funding). 

For more information about the center please visit the BEC page here and "like" the BEC's new Facebook page. You can also visit us Saturdays (9am-1pm) at the center, 10900 Mulhall St., El Monte 91731.

To learn more about the Bicycle Education Center or to make a tax-deductible donation of bikes/parts/tools/monies, please contact: Andrew Yip at Andrew@bikesgv.org

<![CDATA[Join Our Advisory Board!]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:18:02 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/join-our-advisory-boardWant to help make the SGV a safer, healthier more comfortable place to ride a bike? BikeSGV is seeking a few passionate, positive, go-getters for our Advisory Board!

BikeSGV has an energetic team committed to accelerating our region's transition to a healthier, safer, more sustainable place to bike, walk, and live. BikeSGV advisory board members advise the organization on its projects, strategies, campaigns and programs, support its mission in the community, serve as bike-friendly ambassadors, and help organize rides, events and fundraisers.

Please complete the below linked form if you are interested in serving, especially if you have expertise in any of the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Public health
  • Urban planning
  • Public policy
  • Finance
  • Non-profit management
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Design
  • Communications
BikeSGV's advisory board meets bi-monthly, location rotates. Board members are expected to support the organization's mission and development with their time/expertise or financially, to a level they personally deem generous.  There is no liability or fiduciary responsibility for Advisory Board members, nor any formal governing role. As a mostly volunteer-run and driven organization, we rely on the support of committed community members to advance our mission and projects.  

Interested? Please click here to complete the online application.   

For more information about serving on BikeSGV's advisory board, please contact Project Director Wes Reutimann at wes [at] bikeSGV.org

<![CDATA[Landfill-to-Park Visioning Underway in the SGV - Future Site of LA County's First Bike Park?]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:40:38 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/landfill-to-park-visioning-underway-in-the-sgv-future-site-of-la-countys-first-bike-parkThe future of one of the largest landfills in the United States is in the hands of County staff and local residents. 

Officially closed on October 31st, 2013, the Puente Hills Landfill, located just south of the 60 freeway near Hacienda Heights on the south side of the San Gabriel Valley, has sat largely untouched over the past two years. Gone are the garbage trucks that carried an average of 7,500 tons of household waste, per day, to the landfill. As LA County seeks to divert 80% of its waste from landfills by 2025, half of what used to go to Puente Hills is now sent to Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) opening up across the state, while the other half still ends up in landfills, just outside of LA County in cities such as Victorville, Rialto, Corona, and Redlands.

But what to do with the mountain of trash that has been left behind?  

One future use that has already been confirmed is power generation. As the trash settles and biodegradables decompose, the methane gas created is being captured to make electricity, approximately 50 megawatts a day, enough to power approximately 70,000 homes. 

Over the next decade this process is expected to shift and settle the land atop the 630-acre formal landfill dozens of feet, making the construction of sports fields, permanent structures, and similar uses unfeasible at this time. The question remains what uses shall be put in place in the interim. 

Among the options currently being studied are multi-use trails, recreational facilities, open space, habitat restoration, and wildlife corridors connecting existing canyons and natural areas in the Puente-Chino Hills.  
3 Decks of Space over 30 years. Source: www.puentehillslandfillpark.org
Development of the landfill is expected to take place in stages, with the first area to open a portion of the Western Deck (40 acres), one of the oldest - and most stable - parts of the former landfill. Although officials expect it to settle another 10 feet in the coming decades, this section has a projected development timeline of years rather than decades. 
A landfill with a view. Source: www.puentehillslandfillpark.org

LA County's First Bike Park? 

While LA County has yet to do so, communities across the state of California have developed "bike parks" in recent years to provide dedicated space for two-wheeled enthusiasts of all ages to hone their skills and recreate in a safe space. The parks range from low-cost, volunteer- and community-driven affairs to intricately planned and state-of-the-art parks. They also can include a wide variety of elements, including dirt pump tracks, dual slalom tracks, natural elements such as logs, balance beams, and technical wooden trail features, and  cyclocross-specific trails and obstacles.  
Dirt pump track, Fresno, CA
Wooden trail features, Fresno, CA
Given the unsettled nature of the landfill site, with land expected to drop dozens of feet in areas, a bike park with natural features, dirt mounds, and trails would be an excellent short-, medium- and long-term use for part of the former landfill. It is also one that could easily be integrated with other passive features such as picnic areas, walking paths, and open space. 

Upcoming Meetings

Plans for the new park are scheduled to be drafted and finalized at two public meetings in September and November. We strongly encourage interested members of the public to attend these meetings and provide input directly to the landscape architects and County parks officials. If you're unable to attend a meeting, comments may also be emailed to LA County Parks staffer Michelle O'Connor

Wednesday September 30 (6:30-8:30pm)
Hacienda Heights Community Center
1234 Valencia Ave.
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Tuesday November 3 (6:30-8:30pm)
Wallen L. Andrews Elementary School
1010 S Caraway Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601

Wednesday January 27  (6:30-8:30pm)
Don Julian Elementary School
13855 Don Julian Rd. 
La Puente, CA 91746

More info: www.puentehillslandfillpark.org
<![CDATA[ACtion Alert: Cap-and-Trade Plan Update to Recommend future funding priorities ]]>Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:46:07 GMThttp://www.bikesgv.org/news/action-alert-cap-and-trade-investment-plan-to-identify-future-funding-prioritiesPictureProtected Bike Lane, Temple City
The California Air Resources Board is in the midst of hosting 7 special meetings across the state to solicit public input on the Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan. Drafted every three years, the plan will outline how the state should prioritize funding to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals and "additional health, economic, and environmental benefits" for fiscal years 2016-17 through 2018-19.  

As we all know, there is no cleaner, greener, or healthier form of transportation than walking or biking (aka "active transportation). When paired with planned and future investments in public transit, active transportation infrastructure has tremendous potential to help CA reduce GHG emissions while simultaneously positively impacting the state's most pressing health concerns, including obesity-related disease and mortality. However, despite being truly "zero-emission", investment levels in bike and pedestrian improvements has been limited at best.

Take Action: 8/12 Meeting, Online Comments

On Wednesday August 12 the one and only meeting in Los Angeles County will be held in downtown Los Angeles. The meeting will include a staff overview of the initial draft for investment priorities and then allow for members of the public to provide suggestions. BikeSGV will be submitting the below-listed key points, given the growing demand for safe, comfortable infrastructure for walking and biking and currently inadequate levels of funding for such investments. Please join us, or submit comments online by September 1st here

What: CA Air Resources Board - Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Meeting
When: Wednesday 8/12 (6-9pm)
Where: Junipero Serra Building, 320 W. 4th St (at Broadway), Los Angeles, CA 90013
More info and link to submit online comments here 

Key Points
  1. Allocate cap-and-trade funding directly into the CA Active Transportation Program, which provides incredibly cost-effective GHG reductions and is already set up with disadvantaged community set-asides consistent with SB 535.
  2. Increase cap-and-trade funding levels for active transportation given the current over-subscription of the CA-ATP program, increasing demand for such investments across the state, and the many health co-benefits of more physically active lifestyles. 
  3. Better Integrate active transportation into appropriate programs so that significant walking and biking improvements are provided as part of housing and transit projects.