Tonight's city council meeting in San Marino had 3 bicycle related items on the agenda:
Bike Week Proclamation
- Proclamation to declare November 17-23 as San Marino Bike Week for 2013
- Consideration of a proposal to develop a Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, and
- Consideration of a Class II Bicycle Lane or Class III Bicycle Route Pilot Project on Lorain Rd. and Appropriation of Funds
Only formalized a few months ago by a group of San Marino residents and parents, the San Marino Rides Committee
(SMR) was able to encourage City leaders to dedicate the week of November 17-23 as San Marino Bike Week for 2013. Mayor Ward presented the proclamation certificate to approximately 12 local youth and several SMR organizers. This was the first bicycle-related proclamation in San Marino's long history. Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan
Assistant City Manager, Lucy Garcia provided a thorough synopsis of recent efforts to secure bids for the development of a City-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plan. Previous efforts to secure a consultant resulted in one proposal submission, which led to a Council decision to re-release the call for bids in an effort to encourage more applicants. Moreover, the Council approved an increase in funds, bringing the total to $30,000 to be allocated toward the project.
The second time around, the City received 8 proposal submissions of which only 5 were within budget. However, due to time constraints, City staff was unable to thoroughly evaluate the proposals and generate a recommendation for a planning consultant. According to a City Code, the City Manager has the authority to execute service contracts $30,000 or less thereby nullifying the need for a Council vote. Therefore, Vice Mayor Dennis Kneier motioned to move forward with a Bicycle Master Plan and allow the City Manager to determine the most suitable firm. The motioned carried with a 5-0 vote. Lorain Road Bikeway
The most contentious issue of the evening was the consideration of installing a Class-II Bicycle Lane on Lorain Rd.
Despite the fact that a lane would not require any major changes to the roadway such as a loss of street parking or removal of a travel lane, an outspoken group raised concerns of reducing property value, maintaining community aesthetic and attracting non-residents. Those in favor highlighted the most important point...safety should dictate design! In this case, the striping of bicycle lanes would help improve safety by narrowing the automobile travel lane from over 15 feet to 11 feet (a step that dissuades speeding by motorists and would help address the dangerous, existing 35+mph speeds) and providing dedicated space for cyclists.
After hearing all the speakers and accounting for the numerous emails and phone calls, Mayor Ward motioned to defer the bike lane on Lorain Rd. until the development of the Bicycle Master Plan. The motion carried 4-1. No bike lane just yet.
Class II Bike Lane on a residential street similar to Lorain Rd.
The San Marino City Council has three bike-related items on its agenda this month, a record as far as BikeSGV organizers and local residents can tell for a community that currently lacks any bicycle lanes.
The meeting will kick off with the Presentation of a Resolution by the Council declaring November 17-23 "Bicycle Week" in the City, another first. Local youth, parents and supporters of the San Marino Rides Committee
will be on hand to accept the symbolic resolution.
The agenda will then turn to more contentious matters, with the Council once again consider the development of a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan and Class II Bicycle Lanes on Lorain Rd.
After a vote to fund the City's first Bicycle Plan failed to 2-1 at the Council's October 9th meeting, the 3 Council Members who were in attendance at the September meeting asked staff to solicit additional bids from planning firms after only one of 29 contractors - Evans Brooks and Associates - submitted a bid in the first solicitation in September 2013. Staff review of the process determined that the bid proposal's deadline directly after the Labor Day Holiday in September resulted in only one bid.
Round two, however, has already been more fruitful, with 9 firms submitting bids, including Alta Planning, Ryan Synder Associates, and even one international firm from the Netherlands, Mobycon. Item 5
on Wednesday's agenda - Consideration of Proposal for Professional Consultant Services to Develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
- asks Council Members to review the latest bids, and authorize staff to select a consultant, to be paid with funds remaining from the City's Safe Routes to School grant.
Proposed stretch of Lorain Rd Class II or III Bikeway (courtesy Google Maps)
on the agenda - Consideration of Class III or Class II Bikeway Pilot Project on Lorain Rd. and Appropriation of Funds
- asks Council Members to fund a Lorain Rd Bikeway, and if so, to determine if it should consist of a Class II Bicycle Lanes or a Class III Bicycle Route. Due to speeding traffic on this residential street and existing research on the safety benefits of bike lanes versus bike routes, BikeSGV's preferred alternative is a Class II Bicycle Lane. This option would not require the loss of any street parking or travel lanes.
Public Comment to date on Proposed Lorain Rd. and Del Mar Bike Lanes (Source: 11/13/13 Council Agenda)
Although the above chart from Wednesday's Council packet underlines that support for bikeways on Lorain Rd and Del Mar is far greater than opposition, a small but vocal contingent of residents has raised concerns about the project, including the potential for attracting more "outside" bicyclists, the failure of cyclists to adhere to traffic laws, a decrease in property values, and a perceived lack of cyclists who would use the project. However specious, these points and more must be addressed by the project's many proponents if the City is to move forward with Class II Bicycle Lanes. And that's why we need you to....
Especially if you're a local resident, your support is needed in person Wednesday evening or via email.
Simple, personal comments in support of the development of a local bicycle and pedestrian plan, and Class II Bicycle Lanes on Lorain Rd, are needed, as well as messages of thanks for the Council's consideration of bicycle and pedestrian safety issues. Public comment may be submitted directly to the Council via email here: DKneier@CityofSanMarino.org
, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe meeting will be held at the Crowell Public Library on Huntington Dr Wednesday 11/13 at 6pm. A full City Council agenda and packet can be viewed and/or downloaded via the city's website here.
Riders at El Encanto, the halfway point
Sunday morning started off like a spooky Halloween movie with incredibly dense fog limiting vision to within 40 feet. The hair-raising chill to the morning mist combined with an awkward sense of quiet cloudy loneliness made for a perfect excuse to forgo the Bike Train and remain bundled up in bed. But, consistent with good ole' California weather, the sun shined bright on the Santa Fe Dam making for a gorgeous day for a community bike ride.
The Mobile Pit Stop arrived on the scene with a warm welcome from a large group of El Monte youth and City staff. Thanks to our partner mechanics at Performance Bicycle Pasadena
along side BikeSGV's very own Henry Coronado, the Mobile Pit Stop was to ready rock, roll and wrench. The crew managed to service well over 30 bicycles before the Train left the station.
After a quick head count and instructional pow wow, the 120+ person Bike Train was ready for it's North-bound departure on the San Gabriel River bike path. The Train split the evaporating fog giving rise to a picturesque mountainous backdrop. The flowing river provided an auditory pleasure that only the sounds of nature can stimulate. The Bike Train made its first stop to regroup at the trail terminus located at the base of the Azusa Canyons where the mood shifted to that of fright.
Unlike a childish Halloween scare, true weariness and concern arose when riders realized the train would travel an additional 200 yards on Highway 39, a two-lane road (one in each direction) with high speed traffic not well-suited for young and inexperienced cyclists. But, as planned, the sight of emergency lights emerged from around the mountain bend. To the groups relief, two mountain Rangers in SUV's held up vehicular traffic allowing the peloton to safely reach it's turn-around point at the beautiful Azusa River Wilderness Park at El Encanto.Staff from the Watershed Conservation Authority welcomed the bunch with a brightly colored presentation of various park projects along the Emerald Necklace such as the Duck Farm, Parque Dos Rios and Walnut Creek Habitat among others. After enjoying a brisk canyon breeze, the gang gathered for a couple of photographs and headed back to home base.While the Bike Train pedaled on, the Get Fit Club gathered nearly 15 people for
a zen-like Yoga Hermosa
session with Ruby Rose. The calm stretching was followed by non-stop, music infused, sweat drenching Zumba Fitness with Maggie Pezeshkian D.C. (video below)The workout wrapped-up just as the Bike Train was arriving.
Shortly thereafter, participants were invited to partake in the free BBQ which was sponsored by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez and provided by Paula's Catering. The healthy menu included spicy chicken and calabasa tacos, an assortment of grilled veggies, fruit cocktails, and fruit infused waters to wash it all down. Once everyone got a chance to eat, the crowd was rounded up one last time to conclude the day with a grand finale raffle. Raffle tickets were offered for signing in, completing a survey, and participating with one or more physical activities. Raffle prizes included t-shirts, repair kits, jerseys, water bottles, books and three grand prize Fuji bicycles (1 adult & 2 kids bikes) which were donated by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Unfortunately, the good times had to come to a sweet end. Until next the next Bike Train BBQ.
Ride, BBQ Slideshow
Get Fit Club in Action!
Construction photos of the Rosemead Blvd Complete Streets Project as of October 10, 2013. Pictures taken facing and heading north from the Rosemead/Temple City border.
, the largest bicycle trade show in North America, was held September 18 - 20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, their first year at this venue. BikeSGV was in attendance for the first time thanks to good friends at REI
in Arcadia. As the organization's Project Coordinator and long-time volunteer, I met with industry representatives, picked up some swag, and hung out with other cyclists and lovers of all things bike. Let me begin by saying that Interbike has always been a dream of mine, and when REI and BikeSGV asked me to go, I was floored! My first Interbike experience was awesome. Here's why. We're not alone!People For Bikes
, a national bike advocacy group, was well-represented, with a booth front-and-center. Interbike contributes a part of its proceeds to bike advocacy organizations, including People For Bikes and IMBA
, each of which hosted a breakfast to attendees. During Wednesday's breakfast, hosted by PFB, a video was shown
, which moved me by its ability to capture the feel of why we ride. Honestly, it made my skin tingle a bit, in a good way.
Other local advocacy groups were also in attendance, LACBC
, Inland Empire Biking Alliance
, the Bicycle Collective of Salt Lake City
, amongst other advocacy and non-profit groups. Planet Bike
hosted a Bike Advocacy Meet & Greet on Thursday afternoon, allowing many of us to chat with other people doing the same thing in their neighborhoods and communities. We all agree that while we're seeing better bike infrastructure and legislation in recent times, there's still a lot to be done, at home, in Sacramento, and in DC.
Of course I got to check out some cool bikes and see the latest gadgets in the industry, but I'm not really about flash at all. It was more about talking to supporters, like Dahon, a local San Gabriel Valley business based in Duarte. I even got to meet the founder of the company, Dr. Hon! I also met with many other company representatives that we hope to foster partnerships with in the future.Thanks to REI and BikeSGV for my first Interbike. Let's keep up the good work!On a more personal note, congratulations to my buddy Alvin for taking 1st place at the drag race. This was AFTER he rode from Echo Park to Las Vegas. Great job, bud.
In 2011, the City of El Monte adopted a Health and Wellness element to the General Plan to improve opportunities for nutrition and physical activity by decreasing barriers in the built environment. Today, the city council reinforced it's commitment to Health and Wellness via infrastructure changes by unanimously approving the first bikeway in the city.
The approved bikeway on Ramona Blvd. and Tyler Ave. is slated to include Class-II bikeway striping, stenciling, way-finding signage, loop detectors, bike rack installations and the development of a multi-lingual bicycle education program. Of significant importance, the bikeway will safely connect the Metro Transit Center, Community Center, Senior Center, Aquatic Center, Arceo Park, El Monte High School and the neighboring City of South El Monte.
What's more, El Monte can now use this Ramona/Tyler bikeway as a building block in a grander bicycle planning effort that is currently underway in the region, the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan.
Members of the Council expressed sincere excitement about the project and lauded the efforts of the bicycle advocacy community for the tireless dedication to informing decision makers about the many benefits a bike-friendly El Monte. "Many thanks to all who supported the project. Your voice, letters, and emails have made the difference." - Councilwoman, Vicky Martinez.
Lorain Rd (courtesy Google Maps)
The San Marino City Council will consider funding the development of a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan and Class II Bicycle Lanes on Lorain Rd. at the Crowell Public Library
on Wednesday, October 9th (6pm). Item 3
on Wednesday's agenda - Award of Proposal for for Professional Consultant Services to Develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
- asks Council Members to decide whether to award Evan Brooks Associates $24,990 to draft the City's first Bicycle Master Plan.Item 4
on the agenda - Consideration of Class III or Class II Bikeway Pilot Project on Lorain Rd. and Appropriation of Funds
- asks Council Members to fund a Lorain Rd Bikeway, and if so, to determine if it should consist of a Class II Bicycle Lanes or a Class III Bicycle Route. Due to speeding traffic on this residential street and existing research on the benefits of bike lanes versus bike routes, BikeSGV's preferred alternative is a Class II Bicycle Lane, as it would improve safety and reduce speeding traffic the most.Especially if you're a local resident, your support is needed in person Wednesday evening or via email. Public comment may be submitted directly to the Council via email here: DKneier@CityofSanMarino.org
A full City Council agenda can be viewed here
Unable to attend our big dinner, dance and party on 9/28? You can still support by participating in our silent auction remotely! Like a big time international bidder, you can join the fun by proxy with a BikeSGV volunteer inputting your bids as the evening gets underway. Just let us know which of the following items you're interested in, and your highest bid for each, and we will do the rest! Or you can simply donate the "Buy it Now" price and assure you will receive the item! To participate, please email the following information here (info [at] bikesgv.org)
Please note that if pickup is not possible, mailing charges will apply. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
- Phone number
- Item(s) you would like to bid on and maximum bids
Let the Bidding Begin (item list updated 9/27)
Ride me at cicLAvia on 10/6!
- $100 Gift Certificate Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena) - Donated by Gale Anne Hurd; Starting Bid: $30; Buy it Now: $215
- $40 Gift Certificate Marston's Restaurant (Pasadena) - Donated by Marston's Restaurant; Starting Bid: $15; Buy it Now: $90
- 2x $25 Gift Certificate Bodega Wine Bar (Pasadena, Santa Monica); Starting Bid: $10; Buy it Now: $75
- $50 AMEX Prepaid Gift Card - Donated by Rudy Melendez, Riders Advocating Clean Environments (RACE); Starting Bid: $20; Buy it Now: $125
- Saddle Bag from Stan's Bike Shop ($25 value) - Donated by Carlos Morales; Starting Bid: $10; Buy it Now: $50
- 2x $50 Tune-up ($100 value) - Stan's Bike Shop (Monrovia); Starting Bid: $30; Buy it Now: $200
- M/W Jersey and $50 Tune-up ($100 value) - Stan's Bike Shop (Monrovia); Starting Bid: $20; Buy it Now: $200
- Rev Winery Wine Basket ($100 value) - Donated by Rev Winery; Starting Bid: $25; Buy it Now: $200
Tour cicLAvia on a 5 Person Bike! - for 2 persons
(Donated by Stan's Bike Shop
Join Stan’s Bike Shop Owner, Eastside Bike Club Founder and public health advocate Carlos Morales for a truly unique ride through the nation’s biggest Open Streets event – cicLAvia
– on Sunday October 6th! The ride will start from the El Sereno Parklet on Huntington Drive, head into downtown LA, and then along the 10/6 cicLAvia route. This package consists of two seats on a hand-crafted 5 person bicycle! Please note both participants must be in good enough physical condition to pedal a bicycle for a few hours at a casual pace.
- Value: $100
- Start Bid: $35; Buy it Now: $200
Framed Art Piece
(Donated by Gustavo Muniz)
Gustavo Muñiz is a woodblock printmaker who was born in California but grew up in southern New Mexico. After he graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, began exhibiting at several juried art fairs (most notably a six-year stint with the Contemparary Hispanic Market in Santa Fe). Gustavo moved to Los Angeles in 1998, and even though he has made his livelihood working as a graphic designer since 1995, he has participated in several group, as well as solo, art exhibitions. “I want to make images that people can not only easily understand for their face value, but can also be read further by someone who can identify with the image on a personal level. I want my work to have a very hands-on and organic feel as a means of paying homage to work done with a person’s own hands. In a time when most things that we do are based on convenience, I think that the value of hand-done work has diminished. My intention is to regain and glorify that value and aesthetic.”
- Value: $150
- Start Bid: $50; Buy it Now: $300
Performance Bicycle Complete Commuting/Touring Set PowerBar Package
(Donated by Performance Bicycle Pasadena
This package consists of a two TransIt Epic DX Pannier bags, Metro Trunk bag, rear rack, Wire Mesh front basket, PBS Transformer jacket (size L), Classic II gloves, Tire Repair Kit, Bicycle Mirror, Multi-tool, Reflective Snap band, water bottle and 5 Clif Shot Energy Gels. All you need to transform you and your bike into a load ready commuter, trusty tourer, or efficient errand-runner!
- Value: $300
- Start Bid: $75; Buy it Now: $400
PowerBar Power Package
(Donated by PAA Cycling
Everything you need to tackle the biggest mountains in the San Gabriels and beyond. This assortment of Powerbar products - gels, bars, chews, and recovery drink mix - will keep you properly fueled for cycling and any other athletic challenges you put before yourself.
- Value: $100
- Start Bid: $30; Buy it Now: $200
Del Mar Ave., San Marino/San Gabriel border
Route of proposed Del Mar Ave Bike Lane
The San Marino City Council has placed a pilot project to stripe the City's first Class II bicycle lanes on its agenda
for Wednesday September 11th. 8/19 Transportation Commission Meeting
In response to a group of local parents and students who requested that the city provide safer bicycle routes to school, the City's Transportation Commission considered the striping of bicycle lanes on both Lorain Rd. and Del Mar Ave. on August 19th. At that meeting, the Transportation Commission formally recommended that the City move forward with bicycle lanes on Del Mar Ave., but hold off on Lorain Rd., citing costs and the advantages of first allowing the City to draft and approve a Bicycle Master Plan, a process that was set into motion earlier in the summer by the City Council (Evan Brooks Associates has been selected to develop the Plan, with the first public workshops scheduled for later this fall).
Lorain and Del Mar are two-lane, residential streets with 25-30mph speed limits and enough road space to stripe bike lanes without the loss of street parking or a travel lane. According to local residents, speeding traffic is a concern on both streets, particularly Lorain Rd. east of Del Mar. The existing wide travel lanes and relatively low traffic volumes encourage speeding. However, striping bicycle lanes should help calm traffic by narrowing the vehicle travel lane.
Local Concerns Del Mar Ave and Huntington Dr.
On August 19th a clear majority of local residents who weighed in on the issue were in favor of bicycle lanes on both streets - 82 petition signatures, 9 emails, and 6 public comments were submitted in support of the proposal. Yet the concerns of a few outspoken residents appeared to sway several Commissioners, whose comments also revealed a general lack of knowledge of bicycle infrastructure, (e.g., the differences between a Class II Bicycle Lane and a Class III Bicycle Route), its merits, and how changes such as narrowing travel lanes can help calm traffic and improve safety for all road users.
Specific concerns shared by residents included the risk that striping bike lanes would encourage more "outside" cyclists, make backing out of driveways more difficult, and reduce property values. Opponents also noted that cyclists do not obey traffic laws, it is dangerous to ride in a bike lane, bike modal share is too low, and the street lights are not bright enough to bicycle at night. Unfortunately such misinformation was par for the course during the public discussion phase, underlining the need for education and dialogue in the community about bicycle-infrastructure.
Fortunately, there should be plenty more opportunities in the near future to educate residents, stakeholders and local elected officials about Complete Streets improvements and safer Routes to School can improve health, safety, and benefit the entire community!
9/11 City Council Meeting
If approved, Agenda Item 3
would authorize the use of $25,000 in Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to stripe the City's first Class II bicycle lanes on Del Mar from the City's southern border with San Gabriel at Longden Ave. north to Huntington Dr. What: San Marino City Council MeetingWhere: Crowell Public Library, 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino 91108When
: Wednesday, September 11th (6pm)Agenda
To submit public comment electronically, please email the San Marino City Clerk
by 4pm Wednesday.
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The Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA)
has initiated a two month program with high school youth in Chinatown to engage in physical activity while gaining a deeper understanding for urban planning.Essentially, youth will explore the span of Los Angeles County via bicycle as they ride approximately 5,000 miles - the equivalent distance from LA to China. Those who satisfactorily complete the project will ultimately earn and keep a bicycle. Please visit the "Bike to China" webpage for more information. The final bike ride to complete the journey is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Pioneer Park, El Monte. Detailed information is as follows:
9:30 AM - Meet at Pioneer Park (3535 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731)
10:00 AM - Begin Ride
1:00 PM - Lunch
5:45 PM - Arrive back at Pioneer Park
Remember to Bring:
1. Lots of water, snacks, and a packed lunch
4. Tire patch kits, spare inner tubes, multi-tool, pump, etc...
5. Small backpackPlease click HERE for all route information.