In 2011, the City of El Monte adopted a Health and Wellness element to the General Plan to improve opportunities for nutrition and physical activity by decreasing barriers in the built environment. Today, the city council reinforced it's commitment to Health and Wellness via infrastructure changes by unanimously approving the first bikeway in the city.
The approved bikeway on Ramona Blvd. and Tyler Ave. is slated to include Class-II bikeway striping, stenciling, way-finding signage, loop detectors, bike rack installations and the development of a multi-lingual bicycle education program. Of significant importance, the bikeway will safely connect the Metro Transit Center, Community Center, Senior Center, Aquatic Center, Arceo Park, El Monte High School and the neighboring City of South El Monte.
What's more, El Monte can now use this Ramona/Tyler bikeway as a building block in a grander bicycle planning effort that is currently underway in the region, the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan.
Members of the Council expressed sincere excitement about the project and lauded the efforts of the bicycle advocacy community for the tireless dedication to informing decision makers about the many benefits a bike-friendly El Monte. "Many thanks to all who supported the project. Your voice, letters, and emails have made the difference." - Councilwoman, Vicky Martinez.