Summer is almost over. Well, kind of. For many students it is. In terms of the forecast, not so much. Several more months of hot, hot weather are ahead of us. So the BikeSGV team will continue to plan accordingly, with upcoming rides starting a bit earlier (or later) than usual, including the August installment of the 2017 #SGVBikeChallenge.
Speaking of the SGV Bike Challenge - 12 rides, over two dozen SGV communities - you will also want to save-the-date for ride #9, which will follow the route of April 22, 2018 #cicLAvia (San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Claremont) and include free samples at Grizzly's Biscuits and Donuts in Claremont! :)
Your friends @BikeSGV
SGV Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan | Take the Survey
Over the course of the next 12 months the Cities of La Puente, Montebello, Monrovia, Irwindale and Glendora will be developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans to identify opportunities to improve local conditions for walking and bicycling. At the same time, a San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Plan will be developed to prioritize the 50 miles of multi-purpose walking and biking paths that are most feasible to build along the region’s many waterways, washes, and storm channels.
Help Inform the Plan
Public feedback is needed to develop good plans. You can help out via any of the following steps.
BikeSGV will be coordinating Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts in all 5 project cities as well as along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers in September. If you have availability Saturdays 11am-1pm and/or Tues/Thur 7-9am or 4-6pm, you are eligible to participate! Just email us here to get the ball rolling. Count volunteers will also be eligible for special prizes, if you're into surprises. :)
Women-on-Wheels | Mariachi Music Fun Ride | Thu 8/17
Join Women on Wheels for a fun ride to West Covina Civic Center for a free concert in the park featuring Mariachi Divas!
Note: This is a women-identified only ride.
Route: 3 miles one-way
6:00 pm Meet at Morgan Park
6:30 pm Roll-out
7:00 pm Arrive at West Covina Civic Center, enjoy the concert
9:00 pm Return to Morgan Park
Facebook event page
PLEASE BRING BIKE LIGHTS! We will be returning to Morgan Park in the dark. You should also pack a blanket or chair and some snacks to share!This event is made possible by Bike San Gabriel Valley WoW and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.
#SGVBikeChallenge Ride #8 | SGV Skyline Ride | Sun 8/27
Calling all SGV City Sticker collectors! This month's Bike Train will touch the communities of Diamond Bar, Walnut, Industry and Rowland Heights!
#SGVgreenways Implementation Plan | LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting | Tue 8/29
Sign-On | Endorse
After several months of waiting, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is scheduled to bring their San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Network Implementation Plan back to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday August 29th.
Join us in championing a healthier, greener, and more livable San Gabriel Valley by formally endorsing the San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Network Initiative here!
Bike to the Bowl | UCLA Football, Green Day and Coldplay
ICYMI, you can now bike, skate, or scoot your way to the stadium, from home or the Gold Line (Memorial Park station is only 1.7 miles away), and not have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or paying for parking! BikeSGV's free valet services continue into the Fall will a full schedule of UCLA football, plus a couple concerts.
Upcoming Events with Free Bike Valet
Volunteer With BikeSGV!
BikeSGV remains a strongly volunteer supported and run organization, with supportive individuals of all ages and from all walks of life amplifying our ability to support a more bicycle-, pedestrian-, and transit-friendly San Gabriel Valley. We have space for almost any talent, so just let us know what you're into.
BikeSGV also now offers a volunteer membership option for those who would like to earn their membership through service. Donate 10 hours of your time as a volunteer with BikeSGV in 2017 and you'll receive a free 12 month general membership!
Questions/info, contact monica@bikeSGV.org
Community information meetings are underway for the Foothill Gold Line Extension, the first Measure M project out the gate!
Will the new stations be easily accessible via foot, bike or transit? Will they feature attractive amenities for transit users (e.g., adequate shade, public spaces, drinking fountains, public bathrooms, service retailers like cafes)? Will there be enough secure bicycle parking?
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority will be updating the public on the latest designs in a series of meetings through August 7, a great opportunity to learn about the new line. Each meeting will have information on all the stations, so you can attend any to weigh in and find out more about:
More info at www.iwillride.org
Wednesday, July 19
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Montclair Senior Center
5111 Benito Street
Montclair, CA 91763
Monday, July 24
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Alexander Hughes Community Center
1700 Danbury Road
Claremont, CA 91711
Thursday, August 3
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hillcrest Retirement Community
2705 Mountain View Drive
La Verne, CA 91750
Monday, August 7
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Glendora Library, Bidwell Forum
140 S. Glendora Avenue
Glendora, CA 91741
Thanks to the support of local residents, Pasadena transportation commissioners and members of the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, BikeSGV is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Rose Bowl Stadium to pilot a FREE bike and ride valet program for major events in 2017!
Now you can bike, skate, or scoot your way to the stadium, directly from your residence or the nearest Gold Line station (Memorial Park Station is only 1.7 miles away), and not have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or paying for parking.
We're also happy to report that the service has already proved popular, with over 450 persons utilizing the valet for the recent U2 concerts and Arroyo Seco Music Festival.
Upcoming Events with Free Bike Valet
On Tuesday June 6th the West Covina City Council voted 3-2 to participate in planning of the San Gabriel Valley Greenway Network. Video of the meeting can be viewed online here (discussion of the item begins around the 3:45 mark).
The City has one major waterway running east-west through it - the Walnut Creek - which connects to Baldwin Park and the San Gabriel River to the west and the City of Covina to the east. The City of Baldwin Park has already completed greenway construction along a section of the Walnut Creek in their City, with plans to extend it further east to the City's border with West Covina.
Item #8 on the the Council's agenda recommended that local decision makers take the following actions to move forward with greenway planning, design and implementation in West Covina:
On Tuesday May 15th the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an SGV Regional Greenways Motion authored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger!
The vote was the latest palpable step towards a regional network of walking and biking paths along the San Gabriel Valley's many washes and creeks, thanks to years of consistent progress by community partners, staff from the SGV Council of Governments, and BikesGV organizers
In adopting the motion, the Board has instructed the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation to develop a strategic implementation plan for the San Gabriel Valley Greenway Network. In the short term, this shall include a report back within 90 days by Public Works with a preliminary timeline, necessary staffing levels, budget considerations, and funding strategy required to complete the below steps:
Stay tuned for more updates!
The vision for a connected, comfortable, regional network of off-street bicycle and pedestrian paths continues to gain momentum in the San Gabriel Valley!
On Tuesday May 16th the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider moving forward with the development of a San Gabriel Valley Greenway Network Strategic Implementation Plan.
Authored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger, the motion aims to accelerate and streamline years of community-level to transform existing, unused rights-of-way along County washes and storm channels into linear parks and walking/biking corridors.
You can support the development of a regional greenway network by attending Tuesday's meeting, submitting comments to the board (email here, template comments below), and sharing this info with friends and family (on social media please use this link and hashtag #SGVgreenways).
Why SGV Greenways?
Bike Month 2017 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever in the San Gabriel Valley. BikeSGV has once again teamed up with a number of community partners - Metro Los Angeles, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, the Huntington Library, the Pasadena Playhouse District Association - to host a series of FREE Bike Month rides, activities and events. So grab your calendar (or calendar app), check out the lineup, and get excited for the return of #BikeMonth!
SGV #BikeMonth Schedule | 2017
City of Glendora - Details/RSVP
City of El Monte, BikeSGV Launch First ‘Traffic School’ Program for People on Bikes in Southern California
On January 1, 2016 California Assembly Bill 902 went into effect making it legal for local jurisdictions to offer law enforcement-sanctioned traffic diversion classes for people cited with a traffic infraction while on a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle.
A little over a year later the City of El Monte has become the first community in southern California, and one of only a handful across the state (e.g., Gilroy, Sacramento), to launch a 'traffic school' for people on bikes.
For BikeSGV and Day One, launching the program in a high-need, lower-income community like El Monte was particularly important as the monetary cost of a violation on a bicycle is generally the same as when driving a motor vehicle. With court fees this means a stop sign violation can cost around $200 and a red light violation more than $400, significant sums, especially for low-income individuals and families who are most likely to rely on bicycling for everyday transportation.
The program is the result of a collaboration between BikeSGV, the City of El Monte, Day One, and the Honorable Daniel Lopez of the Los Angeles Superior Court in El Monte, and made possible by Metro Los Angeles grant funding awarded to the City of El Monte as part of the ongoing I-10 Active Commute, Healthy Community Program. The 3-hour City Cycling class curriculum covers the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles, safe riding techniques, and on-street instruction.
Free classes are offered at the Jeff Seymour Family Center - home to the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Education Center at 10900 Mulhall St, El Monte - as well as other locations along the I-10 corridor, and taught by bi-lingual nationally certified bicycle safety instructors. For more info, or to register for a class, please visit www.bikesgv.org/bicycleeducationcenter.html or contact BikeSGV Education Director Jose Jimenez at (626) 566-8302 or via email.
2017 and 2018 shaping up to be banner years for ciclovia lovers in Southern California! Popularized in Bogota, Colombia, over 40 years ago, ciclovias can now be found around the world, and increasingly in Los Angeles County, thanks in large part to the Metro Los Angeles Open Streets program, the largest in the United States.
Free, fun, and family-friendly, local "Open Streets" events are great opportunities to become more active, connect with neighbors, and discover the wonderful diversity of Los Angeles County. So grab your calendar, and be sure to save the below dates for upcoming ciclovias, big and small, from Carpinteria to Garden Grove!
SO Many SoCal ciclovias! :D
Thanks to the resounding passage of Measure M in November 2016, final planning for the next Foothill Gold Line Extension to Claremont is well underway, with the popular project slated to be among the first to be constructed under the new funding source.
Given the project timeline and ongoing efforts to finalize station design for the 5 project cities (Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas, Pomona, and Claremont), now is a particularly opportune moment to review the pros/cons of the existing Gold Line station design and first-mile/last-mile access for people on foot/bike, and hopefully improve upon it for the $1 billion + final leg to the LA County border.
Existing Station Parking (For Cars and Bikes)
When the Gold Line extension to Azusa opened in March 2016 the new line's popularity was quickly overshadowed by a perception that there was a severe shortage of free automobile parking. Frustrated 210 commuters found that station parking along the line's eastern-most stations (Azusa, Irwindale) was reaching capacity at 7am or even earlier on weekdays. Lost amidst the discussion was the high cost of "free" station parking; in an elevated structure, parking spaces typically cost Metro $25,000+ a piece, with underground parking running $35,000+ per space. With 1,437 parking spaces built in structures between Arcadia and Azusa, the ballpark cost of the line's free parking alone was over $35 million (1,437 x $25,000), not counting ongoing maintenance costs to Metro, or the opportunity costs of using valuable station adjacent land for other purposes such as mixed use, transit-friendly, residential housing with some parking, especially in the midst of a major housing crisis (e.g., see South Pasadena station).
At the same time car parking pandemonium was breaking out, local demand for paid, secure bicycle parking was also exceeding supply. Metro "bike lockers"- available at some Foothill Gold Line stations and all 6 of the new extension stations - cost $24 every 6 months, plus a $50 key deposit fee. In comparison to automobile parking, bicycle locker parking is a relative bargain, costing approximately $3,500 per stainless steel unit, making the total investment for the 144 lockers along the Acadia-Azusa extension $504,000.
The below table outlines secure capacity, usage, and waitlists for Gold Line Bike Parking as of December 2016.
With the exception of Irwindale and Duarte stations, every station that currently provides paid, secure bicycle locker parking was at capacity in December 2016, with 144 persons waiting for spaces to open up. These numbers also do not account for existing stations that offer secure parking, many others do not, including South Pasadena, Filmore, Del Mar, Lake, and Allen stations. Given these stations proximity to residential communities with relatively high bicycle modal share vis-a-vis more suburban communities along to Azusa, it is conceivable that there is latent demand for secure station bicycle parking at these stations. The lack of secure bicycle parking at these stations, and reported rates of theft of bikes parked at standard station U-racks, is also why local groups such as the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition have made retrofitting these stations with secure, paid bike parking a priority project.
Planned Glendora-Claremont Station Parking
According to the Gold Line Construction Authority's planning figures (page 4) for the Claremont/Montclair extension, new stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Montclair would provide over three times the amount of station car parking (5,080 spaces) than across the 6 stations along the Arcadia to Azusa segment, 5 of which would be new multi-story parking structures:
The ballpark cost of 3,480 new structure spaces: $87 million dollars, assuming a $25,000 per space cost.
Existing Gold Line extension planning documents do not state if triple the secure bicycle parking is also planned for the next 6 stations, only that station bicycle parking will meet Metro required standards. As the bicycle locker table underlines, demand for paid, secure bicycle parking is high across the Gold Line corridor, underlining the need for additional capacity. Given the large university student populations in several of the Claremont/Montclair extension cities, we expect demand for such facilities to be even higher than in cities like Irwindale (population 1,400) and Duarte. Secure bicycle parking facilities would not per se have to be entirely in the form of lockers, either, with other options such as card-access bicycle cages such as the one pictured below serving as a lower cost, higher security alternative.
These types of facilities could also be retrofitted into existing parking structures at stations with long locker waitlists (e.g., Arcadia, APU stations), or stations that current do not provide any secure bicycle parking (e.g., South Pasadena, Filmore stations). Another opportunity worth consideration is relocating some of the lockers at stations with excess capacity (e.g., Irwindale station) to Gold Line stations with long waitlists, as well as introducing at least some walk-up, secure bike parking options similar to those used by UCLA.
Given the many health, environmental, financial and equity impacts of constructing bike and automobile parking along transit lines, BikeSGV staff and volunteers will be attending the next Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board Meeting to make the case for smart bicycle parking in the project's final phase. If you are interested in this issue, we strongly encourage you to join us at the meeting, or submit comments via email to board clerk Chris Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Issue in Numbers