San Gabriel is expected to be the first of five cities to consider approving a Bicycle Master Plan, when it goes before the City Council onTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall (425 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776).
Together with BikeSGV - the region’s bicycle coalition - the team forged a partnership with the cities of Monterey Park, San Gabriel, El Monte, South El Monte and Baldwin Park to spearhead a 15-month, region-wide planning effort to develop the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan (SGV Bike Plan).
After multiple revisions, the SGV Bike Plan is ready for approval by the participating cities according to Javier Hernandez, manager of the program.
The effort began In 2013, when Day One, a community-based, public health nonprofit, received a $475,000 grant through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative.
He said the grant program was developed to address alarming rates of childhood and adult obesity, poor air quality, and hostile streets in the San Gabriel Valley as well as encourage regular exercise through bicycling.
Before the council meeting, local bicycle advocates are set to stage a rally in support of the SGV Bike Plan.
The rally is scheduled for 6:30pm at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and is expected to draw in cyclists and supporters from throughout Los Angeles County.
Advocates said momentum for bicycle safety was generated by recent State legislation signed into law such as the Three Feet for Safety Act (AB 1371) and local Assemblyman Ed Chau’s Bikes on Busses Bill (AB 2707),
The SGV Bike Plan was derived after compiling background documents, related data, community feedback, stakeholder input, various concerns and ideas resulting from a rigorous calendar of meetings, community events, workshops, presentations, street audits, bicycle & pedestrian counts, design charrettes, trainings, and open houses.
The plan establishes a policy framework that will guide the development of an interconnected bicycle network that is safe and easily accessible for people all ages and abilities in the San Gabriel Valley, said Hernandez.
To ensure a comprehensive approach to get more people on bikes more often, the plan also incorporates programs that are centered on education, encouragement, evaluation and enforcement, he said.
The remaining cities are also scheduled to consider plan on the following dates:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Monterey Park
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - South El Monte (awaiting confirmation)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Baldwin Park
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - El Monte (awaiting confirmation)
Approving a bicycle master plan complies and reinforces the goals and objectives of California State legislation such as the Complete Streets Act (AB 1358); the Sustainable Communities & Climate Protection Act (SB 375), and the 3 Feet for Safety Act of 2014 (AB 1371). Moreover, A bike plan will also place the participating cities at a competitive advantage when seeking federal, state or county grant funds such as Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program, the California Active Transportation Program and the Los Angeles County Metro I-10 & I-110 Fast Track Reinvestment Program.
For more information about the SGV Bike Plan please visit: www.dobikeplan.com