SGV Regional Active Transportation Planning Initiative
- Active Transportation Plans to provide the communities of Irwindale, Glendora, La Puente, Monrovia, and Montebello their first bicycle and pedestrian master plans.
- Regional Greenway Network Plan to formally study Class I path feasibility along the over 80 miles of undeveloped storm channels and washes that crisscross the San Gabriel Valley.
- Regional Wayfinding to design signage for, and a plan to, link together existing-, in development-, and proposed- city level bicycle routes.
- Evaluation to collect the first bicycle and pedestrian data for partner communities and existing regional County-controlled bikeways along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River paths.
- Education and Encouragement programming to provide residents of the project area free bicycle safety and maintenance education.
1) Active Transportation Plans
2) Regional Greenway Planning: Planning an SGV Active Transportation Superhighway
Fortunately the region is crisscrossed with storm channels, washes and creeks that feed into existing Class I Multi-Use Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers. Flanked by gravel service roads, most of these waterways appear well-suited for Class I Multi-Use Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths. A few such as the Eaton Wash, San Jose Creek and Big Dalton Creek have already been identified by County and City officials (e.g., Los Angeles County Bicycle Master Plan) for Class I infrastructure development. But over 50 miles of additional waterways have yet to be formally studied, providing a golden opportunity to create a blueprint for a truly regional network of protected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure connecting new neighborhoods, schools and entire communities.
Thanks to growing support for transforming these waterways into green, inviting transportation corridors among residents, stakeholders, staff and elected officials, funding to construct identified projects is also being sought by the SGVCOG in partnership with the Cities of Pomona and Baldwin Park, the County of LA, and BikeSGV. The collaborative submitted an ambitious $20+ million proposal to begin greenway construction on the San Jose Creek and Big Dalton Wash, as well as construct protected on-street bike lanes on Ramona Blvd. in Baldwin Park and along Rosemead Blvd near Legg Lake.
The Greenway Planning element would build upon these first steps towards a grander vision of creating an SGV Active Transportation Superhighway System by 2025 by formally studying the feasibility of expanding the existing Class I river network along waterways such as the Arcadia Wash, Little Dalton Wash, Live Oak Wash, Santa Anita Wash, San Antonio Creek, Walnut Creek and Valinda Wash, each of which initial review indicates has strong potential for greenway development.
A complete 130+ mile greenway network of protected active transportation infrastructure would connect local residents within ¼ mile of nearly 120 schools, 15 downtown districts, 14 major transit centers (e.g., Gold Line, Metrolink, El Monte Transit Center), and the largest employment hub in the region in the City of Industry.
3) Regional Route Identification and Wayfinding
Regional wayfinding signage and route identification will provide a blueprint for implementing a comprehensive, unique regional signage system for the SGV. Funding wouldallow the SGVCOG and partners to design distinct signage and identify key regional routes composed of existing and planned bikeways. Other regional organizations around the country and world have developed similar systems with great success, adding a regional layer to local and national bicycle route systems.
If funded, this project would build upon recent efforts by implementing the first standardized bike/ped counts in the six project cities, as well as along the region’s existing Class I paths along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers. Bicycle counting techniques would be employed to obtain quantitative and qualitative data as it has for evaluation of the 5-City SGV bicycle master plan project. Count data would be made available to the community, Metro, SCAG and other interested parties via the County’s Bike Count Data Clearinghouse and a final data analysis report.
Other tools that would be employed include:
- Community Surveys collected at community events and an online version made available for distribution via City communication channels and the project website.
- Community Street Audits conducted by bike and foot with local residents.
- Focus Groups of key stakeholders such as middle/high-school aged youth, transit-dependent residents, and grade school kids/parents to gather data from targeted groups.
5) Education and Encouragement
Focus would also be placed on educating youth and young adults (12-20) as there has been little dedicated bicycle safety education programming to minors in the project area and broader region. In 2013 BikeSGV provided League of American Bicyclists’ nationally-recognized “Need to Know” curriculum over a dozen SGV communities as part of a Metro pilot project. However, the classes were limited to those aged 18 and over. This effort would address this shortcoming by funding 87 courses for residents aged 12 and up. It would also encourage participation among key community stakeholders such as City and school district staff (e.g., transportation department, local law enforcement, teachers) whose stature and credibility in the community grant them disproportionate influence among residents of all ages. All participants would receive a free bicycle helmet, reflective tape and lights.
Bicycle Safety Checkpoints - In tandem with bicycle education/encouragement classes for community members, BikeSGV will conduct outreach and promote state law and safe riding techniques by conducting at least 12 nighttime intercepts (2 per partner City) along routes frequented by local bicyclists. Cyclists riding without lights will be informed of the CA Vehicle Code as it pertains to bicycle lights, and offered a set of free lights, reflective tape, safety education materials and English/Spanish/Chinese language flyers about upcoming classes, workshops, and active transportation plan development.
Mobile Bicycle Repair Workshops - The third component seeks to lower the barriers to cycling for the most price sensitive segment of the population – youth and low-income community members – who too often cannot afford the cost of purchasing/maintaining a bicycle. Utilizing BikeSGV’s mobile pit stop trailer, one-hour Basic Bike Maintenance 101 workshops would be provided in the project area.