9/15/16 - BikeSGV to host women-only group bike ride to Alhambra's Certified Farmers Market - Karin Chan, Alhambra Source
If you want to know whether your city is bike friendly, find out how many women are biking. Safety is the most important concern for women when deciding to bike on the road, according to Pacific Standard. But the rush of fast-moving car traffic that defines Los Angeles might be stopping women from biking. A homegrown team of environmental justice and bicycle advocates wants more bicycle, pedestrian and transit friendly streets in the San Gabriel Valley, and they believe one strategy is to get more women biking on the road.The El Monte-based bicycle advocacy organization, BikeSGV, has a project called Women-on-Wheels that plans women-only rides “to create a safe supportive space for women to gain confidence riding bikes, and empower them to become bicycle advocates in our San Gabriel Valley community," said Amy Wong, BikeSGV’s outreach coordinator. Read more
4/22/2016 - Bike Train Explores the San Gabriel Valley - Michelle Mills, SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Tribune
In car-centric Southern California, riding a bicycle allows you to experience the world from a different perspective. It’s slow enough for you to take in the details of the scenery, including the scents and sounds, but fast enough for you to arrive at a destination a good distance from where you started in a reasonable length of time. It’s also something that almost anyone can do — and even better in a group. BikeSGV is a local organization that offers the Bike Train, a monthly ride along the San Gabriel Valley’s Emerald Necklace. Its next outing will be the Love Mother Nature Ride April 24, which will depart from El Monte. Read more
10/25/2015 - The SGV’s new bicycling hub opens in El Monte - Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Cycling enthusiasts and officials cut the ribbon of the new San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Education Center in El Monte on Sunday, paving the way for a more bike-friendly valley. The new center, operated by the nonprofit organization Bike San Gabriel Valley, is housed within the Jeff Seymour Family Center, 10900 Mulhall St. in El Monte.It’s designed to be a one-stop destination for pedal-powered education, repairs and camaraderie among fellow riders of the region’s streets and bike trails, BikeSGV representatives said.
“It’s a place to come and learn everything you want to know about bicycles,” said BikeSGV member and volunteer Jose Jimenez.
Once fully operational in the coming weeks, BikeSGV plans to offer classes in ridership for cyclists of all skill levels, as well as courses on bike repair — “everything from flat (tire) repair to building a bike up from scratch,” Jimenez said.
12/18/2014 - Monterey Park Puts Bicycle Master Plan in Motion - Nancy Martinez, EGP News
Five cities in the San Gabriel Valley have each unanimously approved master bike plans that will expand bike lanes in the region. Bicyclists in the lead city, Monterey Park, may see some of these improvements as soon as spring 2015. Monterey Park’s city council approved its master bike plan during their Dec. 3 meeting. The plan proposes 52.7 miles in bike lanes and routes citywide including some in the city’s busiest streets, Garfield and Garvey Avenue at a cost of $2.2 million to be implemented over 20 years. Read more
12/11/2014 - Creating a Network of Complete Streets in the SGV - Krista Carlson, KCET Departures
"The streets are very dangerous, but I manage to maintain my safety going along the rivers, and the streets of El Monte, South El Monte, Arcadia, Monrovia, and Duarte," said Martinez. "I love riding my bike. My real goal is to have complete streets in El Monte, to have cyclists everywhere, less polluted air from cars, and have more people out around the city." Read more
11/25/2014 - San Gabriel Valley Regional Bike Plan Faces Two Hearings Tonight - Joe Linton, Streetsblog LA
The 5-city San Gabriel Valley regional bike plan is currently making its way through a complicated series of city approvals. Two important bike plan hearings are taking place tonight in the cities of El Monte and Monterey Park. Specific details on those hearings after the jump. Folks who live, work, bike, or breathe in the San Gabriel Valley are encouraged to attend in support of plan passage. Read more
2/26/2014 - Huntington Drive Event Could be a Healthy Start - SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Tribune Editorial
A South Pasadena city councilman’s proposal to close a 10-mile stretch of Huntington Drive to automobiles for a day is a good idea in this car-choked, gridlocked region. The idea spearheaded by BikeSGV, a nonprofit group that promotes bicycling for a healthier lifestyle, is still in the beginning stages but the notion is a strong one that could work beyond a single event. Read more
12/22/2012 - Bicycle People Make the Connection - Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
As a student studying social ecology at UC Irvine, I learned the term "paradigm shift." I thought of that term when I finished talking to Vincent Chang, president of BikeSGV, a bicycle advocacy group from the San Gabriel Valley. Chang sees transportation in terms of two wheels, not four. When he sees a way to get from Point A to Point B, he thinks pedal power not piston power. Read more.
11/21/2012 - Alhambra Council Begins Bike Plan Revision Process - Lauren Gold, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The City Council has launched a public comment and revision period on a draft of its first-ever Bike Master Plan, fielding suggestions by local bikers for more public outreach and significant improvements to the plan. Many speakers at a council meeting this week commended the city's efforts to be bike-friendly, but they also pointed out holes in the draft plan, including a lack of marked bike lanes. Read more.
04/21/2012 - Four Cities Begin Regional Bike Plan Effort; Bike Commuters to Benefit - Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
It took a bunch of bicycle-minded young people from the fledgling group BikeSGV to convince four local cities to ignore city borders and begin a multi-city bicycle master plan. For possibly only the second time in the country, multiple cities are working together to devise a regional plan for more bike lanes, routes and trails that will bring bicycle riders in and through at least four different cities, according to bicycle groups and city officials. Read more.
09/14/2011 - La Puente Council Approves a City Bike Tour SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Tribune
In a 4-0 vote, the City Council on Tuesday approved a 5-mile bike ride in La Puente planned for Oct. 1. The council voted to approve some funding and staffing for the La Puente Bike Ride, which will run for 5 miles on Glendora Avenue, Temple Avenue, Azusa Avenue and Main Street. Cyclertopia is a community-based organization founded in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness of the social, community, environmental and individual health benefits of riding a bicycle. Read more.