Over the past couple of days, El Monte and Baldwin Park joined the short list of participating cities in the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan initiative.
El Monte's city leadership convened for the regular council meeting on Tuesday, June 18th to vote on a resolution that would ultimately endorse the SGV Bike Plan initiative. The final decision came after a 4-0 unanimous vote with one council member noted as absent.
Helpful to the decision making process, the need for sustainable development was clearly expressed during a presentation by Claire Robinson, the President of Amigos De Los Rios. The presentation served as an update on all projects in the surrounding region along the Emerald Necklace such as Lashbrook Park, Gibson Mariposa Butterfly Park, Peck Water Conservation Park, and Rio Vista Park to name a few. Since the inception of the organization nearly 10 years ago in El Monte, Amigos De Los Rios has fine tuned a vision for natural environment restoration into a concrete "green infrastructure" plan of action to address the many health and environmental disparities that currently ail the San Gabriel Valley. Please visit the Amigos De Los Rios website for more information.
We are happy to note that the council along with city staff are entirely supportive of innovative strategies including a comprehensive bicycle network, which aimes to improve the quality of life of residents throughout the region.
The same resolution was considered by Baldwin Park the following day on Wednesday, June 19th. After a brief presentation and recommendation by Transportation Director Daniel Wall, the council voted unanimously in favor of the project and proceeded to appointing Council Member Marlen Garcia to the Blue Ribbon Bicycle Committee.
Many San Gabriel Valley city councils have recognized that car-centric development has compromised public health and safety resulting in an echoing consensus for improving environmental conditions. Needless to say, the momentum for multi-modal and active transportation is building and the addition of two more cities to the SGV Regional Bike Master Plan initiative is real evidence.
The City of San Gabriel is set to consider the resolution, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 2013.