Due to the accelerated level of growth that BikeSGV is currently experiencing, the Board of Directors held a special meeting and decided to expand the board from five to seven members. The approved motion to expand also stated that one person would be approved before electing each subsequent member, thereby allowing the new member to participate in nominating the final members of the board.
The board developed criteria to ensure that the nomination process resulted in a new board that is truly representative of the diverse communities we serve. The criteria included but were not limited to:
- Geographical balance
- History as a community leader
- Actively engaged with BikeSGV projects
- Capable of significant fundraising
- Bicycles regularly
- Strong community network
Based on the criteria, each existing member of the board was asked to nominate potential candidates. After compiling a short list, the board proceeded with a simple process of elimination. To no surprise, the final nominee was Councilmember Marlen Garcia of Baldwin Park. We are distinctly honored and proud to announce that Ms. Marlen Garcia has accepted the position and we welcome her to the BikeSGV Board of Directors. A new board and a solid core volunteers, combined with a robust portfolio of projects only reassures us that BikeSGV's horizon is bright and sunny.
Throughout the last couple of years, the BikeSGV Board of Directors and volunteers have strived to grow the organization's ability to positively impact environmental change and community health in the San Gabriel Valley. Needless to say, BikeSGV has been incredibly successful at fostering a team synergy that has translated into rapid organizational growth.
With the development of the SGV Regional Bicycle Master Plan
, the monthly Bike Train
and the Bicycle Corps
, BikeSGV set off to seek funding for it's ever growing portfolio of projects. However, as a non-profit organization without it's IRS tax exempt status, BikeSGV sought out a temporary fiscal sponsorship agreement with Day One in Pasadena
. Not only was the relationship fruitful (literally), but it allowed us to associate ourselves with a very proactive and like-minded organization that has a rich history of empowering communities. As a result, the partnership rendered grant funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Upon establishing the first set of funders, BikeSGV quickly outgrew the fiscal sponsorship capacity that Day One was able to provide. At which point, BikeSGV applied for a longer-term agreement with Community Partners, based in Downtown Los Angeles, who's mission is to accelerate ideas into action to advance the public good. BikeSGV was then invited to an in-person interview to provide a sense of vision, goals and strategies to accomplish our mission. After careful deliberation, the Community Partners Board of Directors convened to approve BikeSGV's application for a fiscal sponsorship agreement.
BikeSGV is entirely confident in the expertise of Community Partners
and looks forward to a very promising future. BikeSGV will continue to work jointly with Day One, especially to fulfill outcomes of the SGV Regional Bicycle Master Plan initiative.
The Monterey Park Environmental and Traffic Commissions are hosting their first Transportation Summit on Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 9-11am at the George Elder Park Community Center at 1950 Wilcox Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
The Summit will showcase important regional transportation projects affecting Monterey Park and the neighboring communities including the Eastside Goldline Extension to South El Monte/Whittier, 710 freeway, and I-10 Expresslanes. Representatives from Metro will be available to provide an overview of each project, discuss ongoing efforts, and answer questions.
Also on the agenda is the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan initiative
. A brief presentation outlining the project, Monterey Park's involvement, and next steps will be unveiled to the public for the first time.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about potential new routes and service modifications to the Spirit Bus System, which has not changed for over a decade.
For more information about the event, please contact Amy Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-307-1320, or visit the city website
May is National Bike Month and LA County Bike Week is May 13-17. Therefore, to help you get back on the saddle and plan your ride, BikeSGV will be hosting a series of booths all week throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Be sure to stop by for free swag, water, snacks, basic repairs and to learn how the SGV is becoming more bike-friendly. Monday, May 13: El Monte Transit Center (Bike Hub), 10am - 3pm
The Metro Transit Center
in El Monte is the largest bus facility west of Chicago. With its capacity and central location, El Monte is the perfect place to kick off Bike Week. Come learn how bikes and buses work together!Location: 501 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731Tuesday, May 14: Pasadena City College, 10am - 3pm
Students use bikes and public transportation more than any other group but there are still many students that don't know about alternatives to cars. We'll be visiting PCC
in Pasadena!Location: 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106Wednesday, May 15: Baldwin Park Metrolink Station, 10am - 3pm
connects communities from Lancaster to Oceanside, Ventura to San Bernardino. Whether it's a short trip or a long one, Metrolink will accommodate you and your bike. Note: We'll be part of a mini-press conference! Location: 3825 Downing Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706Thursday, May 16 (Bike-toWork Day): South Pasadena Gold Line Mission Station & Farmer's Market, 3pm - 8pm
During Bike-to-Work DAY, BikeSGV is partnering with Performance Bikes
to offer a more comprehensive pit stop during the South Pasadena Farmer's Market
. We'll have mechanics at the ready to repair, tune, or maintenance your bike while you enjoy local produce, handmade goods, and street food. Location: 905 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
If you'd like to help at any (or all) of the activities above, please contact Jackson@bikesgv.org
with the date(s) and time(s) you're available. No experience necessary. We'll catch you up on all our efforts and upcoming events. Stay for as long (or as short) as you'd like. Volunteering is a great way to get hands on experience with your local bicycle advocacy organization while satisfying school related volunteer hours, letters of recommendation for work, or possibly growth within the organization.
See y'all during Bike Week 2013!
*Dates, times, and activities are subject to change without notice. Stay tuned for more information.
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The City of South Pasadena has always been known as a quaint community with an all American home town feel, but has it ever been known as being bicycle-friendly? Perhaps soon it will.
The Gold Line Mission Station and it's subsequent transit oriented development has transformed the Mission St. Downtown District into a local hot spot. New cafe's, bars, studios mixed with long standing boutique furniture stores, restaurants, wine houses, and pastry shops provide a nostalgic feeling while allowing a glimpse in to the future. This time however, this small town is about to be rebranded as a true bicycle-friendly community.
South Pasadena City Council passed its Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) in August of 2011, thereby qualifying for Cal-Trans Bicycle Transportation Account Funding. The city was recently awarded over $400,000 to implement the Mission Street Green Bike Sharrow Lane project and Bicycle Parking Project, which consists of an enhanced class-III bike lane on Mission St., bike boxes on certain intersections, 70 new bike racks, 10 bike lockers, and 3 bike shelters. Get excited!
Fore more information please visit the South Pasadena City website
Oh goodie goodie gum drops...CicLAvia
is back this Sunday!!!
Unlike previous CicLAvia's, the route does not include Little Tokyo. As a result BikeSGV will not host its usual Pit Stop at the Japanese American National Museum
. BUT...it's no cause for tears, this is the first time the route takes us directly to the sea, Venice Beach! Get excited!
Many groups in and around the SGV are coordinating feeder rides departing from various locations. Identify the feeder ride nearest you and plan accordingly.
Here is a list of feeder rides from the SGV to CicLAvia:West SGV area ( South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel)The Eastside Bike Club invites you to join the family-friendly party on wheels with cycling celebrity, Nelson "Nelly" Veils, 1984 Olympic Silver medalist. Location: El Sereno Parklett
, 4910 Huntington Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032 (The mini park directly in front of Food 4 Less)
Meet @ 8:00am
Depart @ 9:00am
More info: Carlos Morales 323/572-8211North-West SGV area (Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre)Cal-Tech Bike Lab
invites you for a relaxed and scenic ride leaving from Pasadena. Location: Caltech Y (505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA
Meet @ 8:00am
Depart @ 9:00am
More info: http://caltechbikelab.blogspot.com/Tips for the ride:
- Familiarize yourself with the CicLAvia map
- If you're going with family, identify rendezvous points or meet up locations
- Make sure your bike is in good working order before arriving
- Bring a cell phone and money
- Pack a lunch, snacks, & water bottle
- Don't bring things you don't need, you don't want to get tired too soon
- MOST IMPORTANT: bring an open mind and positive attitude...
HAVE FUN! We hope to see you at CicLAvia.
***Please email [email@example.com] if you'd like to list your feeder ride to CicLAvia.***
CALLING ALL CYCLISTS...The 24th Senate District is spearheading "Water Wise" - a water education video project aimed at raising awareness about water and the many waterways throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The four-part, 5-minute each, video series will be posted on Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez's website and local cable networks.
The project is in need of extras to ride their bicycles in the background of a scripted scene. All those interested, please report to Peck Rd. Park
on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 2pm - 5pm. The video series is as follows:Video 1 - Where does my water come from?
1. Imported: State Water Project and Colorado River
2. Groundwater: Natural Process- Rain, Snow, Wells
3. Recycled Water: Source for irrigation via “purple pipe”/water reliefVideo 2 - Water Sustainability
1. A visit to our Aquifer (potable water)
2. Conservation (low flow devices/ fixing leaks)/ 2/3 water volume is used outdoors
3. Get involved to help develop city ordinances/ local SGV clean up campaignsVideo 3 - SGV’s “Superfund” Sites
1. What is a “Superfund” site?
2. History of SGV’s contaminated water basin
3. Maximizing local resources/ investing in treatment facilitiesVideo 4 - SGV’s Multi-Benefit Projects
1. Field of Dreams
2. Whittier Narrows
3. Rose Hills
4. Schools/ sports complex/ parks
For more information, please email Program Director, Javier Hernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Over the past several years Temple City has been at the center of bicycle greatness in the San Gabriel Valley. A couple of years back TC city council approved their Bicycle Master Plan and has pushed the enveloped by including SGV's first on-street protected Class-I bike paths a.k.a. "cycle tracks." To bring further attention to their efforts and to encourage surrounding communities to explore similar initiatives, Temple City will be hosting a Bike Ride and Rodeo on March 23, 2013 from 9am-2pm at Live Oak Park. All participants must complete and submit a registration form. Registration is free. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
The bike ride will consist of an approximately 5-mile loop along the bike routes included in the city's Bike Master Plan. After the ride, all are welcome to join in the bicycle related festivities to learn more about:
- Temple City Bicycle Master Plan
- SGV Regional Bicycle Master Plan
- Bicycle safety and adjustments
- Legal operation of bikes on public streets
- and much moreBikeSGV
is currently looking for volunteers to help with the children's bike rodeo, information booth, ride marshal, bike valet and fix-a-flat time trials. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
. Your support is much needed and GREATLY appreciated, thank you in advance.
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! Please take a moment to urge CARB to set aside funds for bike and pedestrian projects!The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is accepting feedback on how to allocate funding raised from our state's new Cap-and-Trade program until 5pm on Friday March 8th. Even if you missed the
public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday February 27th (4-7pm), it's not too late to make your voice heard!
The program is expected to raise billions of dollars annually, some of which could be set aside for bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements. At present there are very limited state and federal dollars for active transportation projects, which local communities depend on to improve their bike- and walk-ability. In other words, this new program is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to increase the amount of funding available to make our cities more bike-friendly! Comments can be submitted electronically via the CARB website (look for the link below the meeting locations and above "Staying in Touch"). Please note that all written comments must be submitted by 5pm March 8th! MEETING DETAILS:
The State of California invites you to participate in a public workshop to provide input on the development of an investment plan for the auction proceeds from the Cap-and-Trade program to reduce greenhouse gases.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 (4-7pm)Ronald Reagan Building - Auditorium
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90013SAMPLE LETTER (please personalize)
Honorable members of the California Air Resources Board,
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to provide comments on California’s Cap and Trade Program. As a Californian concerned about the health of our environment and communities, I strongly support the goals of AB 32 and SB 375 and am providing comment to encourage you to dedicate a portion of these revenues for bicycling and pedestrian projects.15% of our total trips are by foot or bike, yet only about 1% of our transportation funds are spent on bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Making matters worse, federal spending on active transportation was recently cut by 33%, at a time when demand for such infrastructure is peaking.
A growing number of local communities, especially in car-dependent, congested regions like southern California, are beginning to recognize the many benefits of active transportation to air quality, public health, and economic development. The potential for greater modal share by active and public transportation is significant: 40% of all trips in CA are two miles or less. A recent study of cities in the Midwest estimated that VMT in these states could be reduced by up to 20% by investing in walking and bicycling for short trips.
The benefits are clearly many, and the relative cost of such improvements minor. Please facilitate our state's transition to more sustainable, healthy lifestyles by setting aside funding for such projects, especially in disadvantaged communities. Thank you for your time and consideration,
SAMPLE TALKING POINTS (courtesy of the CA Bicycle Coalition)Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
Current Lack of Funding
- A recent study of the Bay Area estimated that significant investments in active transportation could achieve a 14% reduction in GHG.
- 40% of all trips in CA are two miles or less and studies have shown that investments in bicycling and walking infrastructure can encourage mode shift. A recent study of cities in the Midwest estimated that VMT in these states could be reduced by up to 20% by investing in walking and bicycling for short trips.
- In California approximately 62.4 % of children in CA live within 2 miles of school yet 51 % of these children are driven to school in a private vehicle.
- California has some of the worst air quality in the nation, by shifting short trips to bicycling and walking large reductions in co-pollutants can be achieved by avoiding cold starts.
Co-benefits of Active Transportation
- 15% of our total trips are walking or on a bike, yet only about 1% of our transportation funds are spent on bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
- Federal spending on active transportation was recently cut by 33%.
- Coupled with the need for preservation and maintenance of the existing system to make it safe and increase biking and walking a conservative estimate of $18 billion over the next ten years is expected to meet minimum needs. Currently, the State spends less than a tenth of this amount.
The Cap-and-Trade Active Transportation Solution
- Bike and pedestrian fatalities, as a percentage of traffic fatalities, are nearly twice the national average. Improving conditions for bicycling and walking can improve public safety while encouraging more people to walk and bike.
- Low-income and disadvantaged communities have higher rates of biking and walking and also higher rates of fatalities and injuries; seniors, minorities, and youth are at significantly higher risk of being hit and killed than other portions of the population.
- Over 80 percent of trips to and from transit are achieved by walking and bicycling. Our investments in transit need to be flanked by investments in active transportation to create a holistic and multi-modal transportation system.
- In California approximately $41 billion dollars are spent annually on medical costs related to obesity and lost productivity due to chronic diseases caused by physical inactivity. A recent study of the Bay Area reported that investments in active transportation could reduce chronic disease by 15%.
A dedicated percentage of cap and trade revenues for bike/ped investments that:
Local Success Stories
- Will assist regions and communities in investing in completing and expanding bicycle and pedestrian networks.
- Promote first-mile/last-mile connections to transit.
- Promote biking and walking access to schools, community and medical facilities, job and housing centers, and shopping and retail centers.
- Expand critical infrastructure into low income neighborhoods.
If you have a local success story, please present them as part of your oral or written comments.
A green future for Rosemead Blvd.
Before a crowd of dignitaries, stakeholders, Metro/Caltrans staff, local residents, and BikeSGV organizers, the Temple City Council and other elected leaders officially broke ground on the $20 million dollar overhaul of a two mile stretch of Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City on Friday, March 1st.
Made possible by 14 different funding sources - county, state and federal - the Rosemead Boulevard Project
will include the San Gabriel Valley's first "protected" bicycle lane, or cycletrack, as well as wider sidewalks, public art, way-finding signage, new street trees, drought tolerant plants, transit stops, and improved pedestrian crossings.
Congresswoman Judy Chu hailed the project as "state of the art" in presenting the Council a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. Newly elected State Senator Ed Chau proclaimed that the new Rosemead Boulevard would be a "catalyst for economic growth," thanks in part to 500 new trees, 6,000 plants, and other sustainable elements such as asphalt made from recycled tires and the city's first bicycle lanes.
Representatives from State Senators Carol Liu and Ed Hernandez and Supervisor Antonovich were also on hand to present the Council with commendations, as was Alhambra City Council Member and current San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) President Barbara Messina, who underlined that the new project was "exactly the type of collaboration" she and the COG wanted to see more of in the future.
For local bicyclists, the completed cycletrack will provide welcome refuge from automobile traffic which averages north of 40mph along this major corridor. The on-street Class I Bicycle Lane will be physically separated from traffic along portions of Rosemead by planters, in stark contrast to the Class III Bicycle route signage recently installed by Los Angeles County directly north of the City.
BikeSGV President Vincent Chang was confident Temple City's leadership in adopting bicycle infrastructure best practices will encourage other cities in the region to follow-suit, including neighboring communities such as the Cities of San Gabriel and Rosemead, the latter of which adopted a Bicycle Master Plan in 2012. Temple City Mayor Yu appeared to echo this sentiment, noting that local leaders were "not doing it just for Temple City, but for the region."
Project completion is slated for late 2014. Until then local cyclists would do well to steer clear of the construction zone, which has narrowed shoulder space and travel lanes, and subsequently reduced the amount of passing space for automobiles (i.e., be prepared to "take the lane" with motorists unaware of 25mph construction zone speed restrictions).
For more information and updates on the project, visit the Rosemead Boulevard Project webpage