I spent the majority of my childhood in the San Gabriel Valley, from feeding the ducks at Whittier Narrows to walking the trails at Santa Fe Dam. My memories of this place are filled with nostalgia and love. Moving back to the SGV as an adult, those sentiments remained, yet now they are filled with hope and ambition. When I started volunteering with ActiveSGV I had no idea it would change the course of my personal life and career. I never imagined the organization would play such a vital role in my growth and lead me back to my passion of public health. Now as a staff member, I can't help but feel inspired by colleagues who are committed to fighting the environmental injustices and health disparities our diverse communities face. While motivated, we can’t accomplish our goals alone. We need your support - that is why I am asking you to become an ActiveSGV member today!
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In case you missed it, we are also transitioning our brand from BikeSGV to ActiveSGV! We are shaking things up, and evolving the way we approach health and sustainability. On April 11 we are unveiling our new mission, vision, and logo and can't wait to celebrate with you at the “Every Day is Earth Day Fundraiser”!
The ActiveSGV team is incredibly appreciative of the generosity and support of our members. We will continue to provide you with new t-shirts, collectible stickers, bike rentals but more importantly, you will be part of a growing community that strives to make the San Gabriel Valley a more sustainable, equitable and liveable place to live, work and play!
CALL FOR SCULPTORS
Active San Gabriel Valley (ActiveSGV) is calling all local artists for a first-time project at the SGV Bicycle Education Center and Campus in the friendly City of El Monte. The project consists of the development of a public art piece for the newly transformed Jeff Seymour Family Center, a community non-profit village that includes a playground, over 300 recently planted native trees, and the SGV’s first bike campus or “traffic garden”. Local artist(s) are needed to create a sculpture with stationary piece(s) of up-cycled discarded bicycles and bicycle parts (which the bike center can provide on site). Artwork shall highlight or express the joys of active living as well as the many pressing health problems including some of the nation’s worst air pollution, chronic illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles, and climate change. Created works shall remain on the campus for constituents to enjoy. With the support of ActiveSGV, artists shall seek to provide local residents and youth the opportunity to help realize the up-cycled sculpture.
The call is open to all artists with minimal or extensive experience of up-cycled materials. Concepts shall incorporate one or more of the below-listed themes.
When selecting your artwork keep in mind the relationship between the San Gabriel Valley’s landscape, it's past, and hopes for a sustainable future. We welcome your ideas and creativity is encouraged. Up-cycled materials and basic necessary tools to create the sculpture are provided. Artwork and labor is compensated monetarily upon the completion of the project.
ActiveSGV retains the right to extend the project timeline.
How to Apply
Artists interested in being considered should email a brief cover letter and images containing samples of their work to Diane Velez at email@example.com by 5:00 pm on February 28, 2019.
On Thursday 12/6 the Metro Board of Directors will consider authorizing over half-a-billion in funding to local roadway projects that will result in more air pollution, more greenhouse gas emissions, and more preventable traffic collisions and deaths.
15 public health, sustainable mobility, transportation, and social justice organizations have submitted a joint comment letter (accessible here) urging the Metro board to support more sustainable, healthy, multi-modal transportation projects, as well as outlining some very serious concerns regarding how the project list was developed. StreetsblogLA also summed up some of the issues at stake in this recent post. And AARP California submitted their own list of concerns (accessible here). You can weigh in by joining these groups in speaking to the board tomorrow Thursday 12/6.
In Spring 2017 the Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted to shelve its support for tunnel option for the 710-N corridor project. The landmark vote was the latest chapter in over 40 years of struggle over the proposed freeway extension through the communities of El Sereno, Alhambra, South Pasadena, and Pasadena. The Metro Board's decision also freed up almost $1 BILLION in Measure R funding originally set-aside for the 710-N freeway tunnel is being made available to cities along the proposed freeway corridor. It also set off a process which asked project area communities to submit local project ideas to improve mobility (which we wrote about in Fall 2017 here). Specifically, the board's motion directed that the 710-N funding be split up and redirected as follows:
In a nutshell Metro asked corridor cities to pitch two types of project ideas:
In the original Metro board motion, Directors Fasana, Barger, Solis, Garcetti, and Najarian specifically encouraged Metro, Caltrans, and the corridor cities to support multi-modal planning trip demand management.
Directors Fasana, Barger, Solis, Garcetti, and Najarian specifically encouraged Metro, Caltrans, and the corridor cities to "pursue policies and actions that would promote smart and functional land use, reduce automobile dependency, encourage multi-modal trips, improve traffic operations, and maximize the use of the latest available technologies to enhance performance of the existing transportation system to minimize impacts of the regional traffic on the communities along the SR-710 corridor.”
Corridor cities subsequently submitted a whole range of project ideas, from additional auto lanes to improved bus services. Within the multi-modal categories, cities submitted the following project ideas:
Los Angeles City
Los Angeles County
However staff did not recommend a single multi-modal project request for funding, despite corridor cities submitting over $355 million in transit and over $70 million in active transportation project requests.
Your chance to speak up is tomorrow in person at the meeting.
Five San Gabriel Valley foothill communities are slated to receive their first Metro rail station sometime around 2026-27. Rather than wait for the new line to be built before considering how people will access the station, Metro has been working with each of the communities - Claremont, Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, and Glendora - to develop first/last mile station access plans. To solicit public recommendations and feedback into this effort, five station area walks were hosted in September 2018. Information gathered from those events was the translated into a set of draft recommendations for each station.
Over the next six weeks the public will have an opportunity to weigh in on those draft recommendations at a series of public workshops. Each workshop will focus on one station, with an eye to refining ways to improve station access by foot, bike, skate, bus, car, wheelchair, and other modes of transportation.
Light refreshments will be provided! Hope to see you at one or more of these!
Help improve access to the future Gold Line stations!
Over the next few weeks Metro and the five future Gold Line cities in Los Angeles County - Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas, Pomona, Claremont - will host a series of station walks to solicit input on existing conditions within the walk-shed of the new stations.
Are intersections adjacent to the future stations difficult to cross on foot? Are there physical obstacles to people in wheelchairs or pushing strollers? Are there safe routes to bike/skate/scoot? Is there too little shade or lighting along key corridors?
Participants will walk together, evaluate the current environment, and envision how to improve access to the new stations. The events will kick off with a brief introduction to the process, followed by an approximately one-hour walk (1-2 miles in length), and debrief. Water and refreshments will be provided.
Public feedback will help inform the development of a First/Last Mile Plan for the 12.3 mile Foothill Gold Line Extension Phase 2B, which will identify pathways and physical improvements to help people walk, bike, skate, scoot, and otherwise access the future stations.
For more information about the walk series, or to RSVP for a specific walk, please click on the links below!
The final Open Streets event in the San Gabriel Valley of 2018 will take place in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley Sunday September 16, 2018!
From 9am to 2pm Pride of the Valley Open Streets presented by Metro Los Angeles will open up 5 miles of streets for the public to enjoy on foot, skate, bike, or other mode of active transportation. Linking Morgan Park to the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, this first time event is a joint collaboration between the Cities of Baldwin Park and Irwindale, providing a truly unique opportunity to experience and access two gems of the San Gabriel Valley.
The event will feature two activity hubs - one in Morgan Park, one at Santa Fe Dam - located at each end of the event route, offering a range of activities including live music, arts activations, and family-friendly games. The event route covers portions of Azusa Canyon Road, Olive St., and Maine Avenue. The latter is the site of a major, new Complete Streets project in the City of Baldwin Park. Over the past 3 months the City has completed transformed Maine Avenue with new parkway trees, wider sidewalks, and safer crossings. Class II bike lanes are also in the works. Also of note, the route passes directly by Hong Foy Foods, makers of the world-famous Sriracha sauce!
Help make the event possible by volunteering for a few hours on Sunday Sept 16 and you'll receive a limited edition t-shirt, refreshments, and the chance to meet others passionate about open streets! Sign-up here.
Coming from further afield and want to roll with a group? Join others in taking public and active transit to the event.
Organizing a Feeder Ride and want us to help let folks know? Email andrew@bikeSGV.org the details!
Via Metro Gold Line
Via Metrolink (train)
Via Foothill Transit (bus)
Via the San Gabriel River Trail
The 35 mile multi-use trail runs from Long Beach to Azusa, and directly connects with the event route at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. More info here.
Street parking is available adjacent to the event route.
WHEELY FREE VALET
BikeSGV staff will be on hand providing free valet services at the Baldwin Park Hub on Maine Ave. Check in your bikes, scooters, segways, skateboards, strollers, and other wheeled devices free of charge to explore adjacent businesses, live music, and more. Valet hours will be 9am-2:30pm.
Download High Quality Draft Plan Maps Here (PDF)
From July 2017 to April 2018 the development of a regional greenway feasibility study and 5-city regional active transportation plan has been underway in the San Gabriel Valley. Slated for completion in Fall 2018, the project (www.ActiveSGV.com) is now entering its draft recommendations phase, providing an additional opportunity for the public to weigh in.
The below draft maps and spot recommendations have been informed by the input received from 748 community survey respondents, 11 input booths at public events (at least 2 per community), 5 community street audits, and 2 greenway exploratory audits, the #ActiveSGV project team has developed the following draft pedestrian and bicycle plans. Now is YOUR opportunity to review the drafts and provide additional suggestions, recommendations, and feedback.
Draft maps for the 5 project cities (Glendora, La Puente, Irwindale, Monrovia and Montebello) as well as the SGV greenways can be found below; high quality PDF versions of each can also be downloaded by clicking on the links above.
Please take a few minutes to view the maps and recommendations you're most interested in, and then submit this online form if you have any additional feedback. Input deadline is May 22, 2018.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!
SGV greenways prioritization started with a review of almost 900 miles of Waterway, Utility, Rail, and old Red Car Line alignments. This was reduced to about 220 miles by removing highly constrained corridors and existing segments, and then further reduced to 72 miles by focusing on projects that have undergone previous planning.
Analysis methodology generally followed the CA-Active Transportation Program (ATP) scoring:
Alhambra Wash: 4.2 Miles
Cities: Industry (0.5 miles), El Monte (2 miles), San Gabriel (1.5 Miles)
The northern end of this corridor is Mission Rd, between San Gabriel High School and Alhambra Golf Course, where a potential connection exists to a proposed greenway along the rail corridor. Moving southward, the corridor passes Vincent Lugo Park then uses an on-street connection across Valley Blvd, then continues along the channel past Del Mar Blvd. The southern end is at the Whittier Narrows Golf Course and Rio Hondo Bike Path. Several undercrossings, including I-10, and a narrow channel make this route challenging.
Arcadia Wash: 2.5 Miles
Cities: Arcadia (1.3 Miles), El Monte (0.2 Miles), Temple City (0.9 Miles)
This corridor begins near Arcadia High School at the north, then heads south to cross existing bike lanes on El Monte Ave. From there it runs parallel to El Monte Ave until its terminus at the Rio Hondo Bike Path.
Bassett Channel: 1.3 Miles
Cities: City of Industry (0.3 Miles), Unincorporated (1 Mile)
From east to west, the corridor follows Workman Mill Rd near Valley Blvd to the San Gabriel River Trail. It must cross I-605 to make the connection to the San Gabriel River on the west, which would require a major undercrossing. The corridor would otherwise end at Packam Dr. Bike lanes on Workman Mill Rd provide an alternate connection via San Jose Creek.
Big Dalton Wash: 4 Miles
Cities: Baldwin Park (1.9 Miles), Covina (0.4 Miles), Irwindale (0.7 Miles), Unincorporated (0.9 Miles), West Covina (0.3 Miles)
This corridor fills in missing gaps in Big Dalton Wash, adding onto previously-funded portions in Glendora, Azusa, and Unincorporated areas. It begins at Barranca Ave at the northeast, and travels southwest to the I-10 where it meets Walnut Creek. The portion of Walnut Creek from this confluence to the San Gabriel River has been previously funded.
Buena Vista Channel: 1.8 Miles
Cities: Irwindale (1.8 Miles)
This corridor begins on the east at the new trail connecting the San Gabriel River path and Duarte Gold Line Station. It follows the channel west to Sawpit Wash.
Charter Oak Wash: 1.5 Miles
Cities: Covina (1.5 Miles)
While this corridor is entirely within the City of Covina, it is in two main segments. At the north it connects from E Cypress St to an existing path in Kahler Russell Park. An on-street connection south on Grand Ave then west on E Badillo St, rejoining the channel and traveling south through residential neighborhoods, crossing E Puente St and E Rowland St to reach E Workman Ave.
Eaton Wash: 4.6 Miles
Cities: Pasadena (2.1 Miles), Temple City (0.6 Miles), Unincorporated (1.8 Miles)
Filling out the northern reach of Eaton Wash, this corridor begins at E Washington Blvd and Woodlyn Rd at the north, running parallel to the utility corridor, south past I-210, where an on-street connection may be needed. The southern terminus is Muscatel Ave, where another planned segment is underway.
Little Dalton Wash: 3.3 Miles
Cities: Azusa (2 Miles), Unincorporated (1.2 Miles)
Beginning at the city limits of Glendora at the north, at Citrus College, Little Dalton Wash moves southwest through Azusa and Unincorporated areas. It passes just north of Azusa High School before intersecting I-210, where the channel will either need to be modified for an undercrossing or an on-street connection will need to be used. The corridor passes three more schools before terminating at the confluence with Big Dalton Wash. Portions within Glendora have already received funding and are excluded from this study.
Puente Creek: 2.2 Miles
Cities: City of Industry (0.7 Miles), La Puente (0.8 Miles), Unincorporated (0.7 Miles)
This corridor begins just west of the shopping center at S Hacienda Blvd and Amar Rd in La Puente. Moving southwest it passes Sparks Middle and Elementary Schools, and crosses a set of railroad tracks between Proctor Rd and Don Julian Rd before meeting San Jose Creek.
Rubio Wash: 4.7 Miles
Cities: El Monte (0.1 Miles), Rosemead (2.0 Miles), San Gabriel (1.7 Miles), San Marino (0.7 Miles), South El Monte (0.1 Miles), Unincorporated (0.2 Miles)
This corridor begins at San Marino High School in the north, and moving south, crosses Huntington Blvd and San Gabriel Country Club. Portions of the channel are blocked with parking lots near Valley Blvd and S Walnut Grove Ave. The channel crosses under I-10 before meeting the west bank of the Rio Hondo.
San Dimas Wash: 2.7 Miles
Cities: Covina (2.1 Miles), Glendora (0.3 Miles), Unincorporated (0.3 Miles)
Closing a gap between a funded portion in Glendora and its confluence with Big Dalton Wash, this corridor follows an existing maintenance road and connects to Hollenbeck Park.
San Jose Creek: 16.8 Miles
Cities: City of Industry (9.5 Miles), Pomona (5.1 Miles), Unincorporated (2.2 Miles)
The longest overall corridor in this study, San Jose Creek largely parallels SR 60 and Metrolink rail. The northeasternmost point connects to Ganesha Park in Pomona, and would require a new underpass or an on-street connection to move south of I-10. The corridor passes several parks and schools before crossing under SR 71 and SR 57, running alongside Cal Poly Pomona before entering City of Industry. A portion at the western end, within City of Industry has received funding, and an unincorporated segment at the furthest west point connects to the San Gabriel River.
San Jose Creek – South Fork: 2.6 Miles
Cities: Pomona (2.6 Miles)
This corridor runs from Veterans Park soccer complex in Pomona, southwest to baseball fields in Diamond Bar, crossing industrial and agricultural areas.
Santa Anita Wash: 3.2 Miles
Cities: Arcadia (2 Miles), Monrovia (0.8 Miles), Unincorporated (0.4 Miles)
Beginning at E Sycamore Ave at the north, near Foothills Middle School, the corridor passes Eisenhower Park before crossing under I-210. Heading south, it crosses relatively few streets before reaching the Rio Hondo Bike Path in Arcadia, at E Live Oak Ave.
Sawpit Wash: 2.2 Miles
Cities: Irwindale (0.8 Miles), Monrovia (0.4 Miles), Unincorporated (0.9 Miles)
This corridor begins in the north at E Duarte Rd near Maxwell Elementary School. It follows the channel south, joining with Buena Vista Channel, terminating at Peck Rd. A connection from the end of Sawpit Wash to the Rio Hondo Bike Path would be made at Peck Rd Park.
Thompson Creek: 3 Miles
Cities: Claremont (0.6 Miles), Pomona (2.4 Miles)
Near Sumner Elementary School in Claremont, the corridor follows existing maintenance roads adjacent to the channel south to Bonita Ave, where it runs parallel to Fulton Rd until reaching the Pomona Fairplex. The southern terminus of the channel can connect to San Jose Creek at Ganesha Park.
Walnut Creek: 5.2 Miles
Cities: Covina (1.2 Miles), Unincorporated (0.4 Miles), West Covina (3.6 Miles)
This corridor’s easternmost point, on N Reeder Ave, south of Badillo Elementary School in Covina, follows a naturalized creek through a neighborhood with limited access. An alternative easternmost point would be at E Covina Hills Rd, where an existing maintenance road follows the channel to I-10, where an undercrossing or on-street connection would be needed. South of I-10, the corridor follows the channel west to meet a previously-funded project in Baldwin Park at Big Dalton Wash.
Alhambra Subdivision (Amtrak Parallel): 4 Miles
Cities: City of Industry (0.5 Miles), El Monte (2 Miles), San Gabriel (1.5 Miles)
An east-west connection between the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River Bike Paths is created by this rail corridor in the City of Industry and El Monte. Madrid Middle School lies at the eastern end. Overall the right of way is sufficient to create a trail parallel to existing rail lines, though a crossing at Garvey Ave may require an on-street connection or a new bridge. The portion of the corridor in San Gabriel creates and east-west connection between Alhambra Wash and Rubio Wash, two other proposed greenways.
Edison Right of Way (ROW): Monterey Park, 0.7 Miles
Meeting the existing Edison Trails Mark in Monterey Park, this connection runs west then south, terminating at W Floral Dr between Hendricks Ave and Findlay Ave. This trail would require negotiations with existing nursery operations within the utility corridor.
Edison ROW: Rosemead, 3 Miles
This utility corridor spans nearly the entire San Gabriel Valley north-to-south, and crosses several other potential greenways. The portion under study here, in Rosemead, begins at Grand Ave in the north, crosses I-10, and ends at Graves Ave. Nurseries are currently using portions of the corridor, while other portions are open. Zapopan Park falls in the middle of the corridor.
Edison ROW: South Pasadena, 1.3 Miles
This corridor runs from Grevelia St and Garfield Park at the north, to W Alhambra Rd and Alhambra Park at the south, with a gap in the middle at South Pasadena Middle School. It passes primarily through residential neighborhoods, and is currently clear of existing uses beyond a maintenance road.
Glendora Spot Recommendations (based on community input and feedback)
Irwindale Spot Recommendations (based on community input and feedback)
La Puente Spot Recommendations (based on community input and feedback)
Monrovia Spot Recommendations (based on community input and feedback)
Montebello Spot Recommendations (based on community input and feedback)
In a 3-1 vote, the Monterey Park City Council accepted grant funding for a safer, more sustainable Monterey Pass Road on Wednesday January 17th.
The 1.6 mile project will replace aging water pipes, add new sidewalks, and install the City’s first protected bikeway to create a safer, more comfortable connection for local residents to get to East LA College (ELAC) and the Metro Gold Line.
In December 2017 the Monterey Park City Council voted 2-1 in favor of the project, one vote shy of the required 3 votes for passage (one council member abstained citing lack of staff outreach to businesses along the project route, another was absent). Public support is essential to make Monterey Park’s first bikeway a reality.
Bike lanes for Monterey Pass Road were included in the City's unanimously adopted 2014 Bicycle Master Plan, which recognized the need to improve non-automobile connections to East Los Angeles College and the Metro Gold Line for local students and residents interested in making short-trips by bike. The other major street connecting these important destinations - Atlantic Blvd. - is not slated for a dedicated bikeway in, in part because of the higher automobile volumes on Atlantic and narrower width than the roughly parallel Monterey Pass Road. The proposed bikeway would provide direct connectivity to Class II bike lanes planned for unincorporated East Los Angeles.
One of 5 SGV cities to adopt a local bicycle plan in 2014 as part of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan project, Monterey Park remains the only community that has yet to implement any of its plan; over the past 3 years the neighboring cities of San Gabriel, El Monte, South El Monte, and Baldwin Park have all constructed Class I, II, or IV bikeways. If realized, the project would also be the City's first on-street bikeway of any type; at present the City only has a few sign-posted bicycle routes stemming from the 1980s.
The project will support the City's adopted Climate Action Plan (2012). The transportation sector currently accounts for almost 40% of Greenhouse Gas emissions in the state of California, trend increasing. Vehicle emissions are the largest source locally, as well as the primary driver of region’s poor air quality, which unfortunately has failed to improve in recent years. The City’s Climate Action Plan acknowledges these pressing issues, and the need for a more multi-modal Monterey Park. The implementation of this project and the City’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan will be a step towards supporting zero-emission transportation modes in the City, making short bike trips a viable alternative for residents, and ultimately achieving the City’s climate goals.
Thank you for joining us to celebrate a more sustainable SGV! We would not be where we are today without the help of our members, colleagues, friends, family and community champions! As Brian once shared, 'Dream is not enough, also do.'
A special shout out to all our amazing volunteers, who helped take our party-hosting skills to the next level by handling everything from the wheely nice wreath booth to the event photography and MC duties. Also, many thanks to event sponsors Foothill Transit, the Bicycle Attorney Thomas Forsyth, Aztlan Athletics, Day One and Alta Planning and Design, whose support allowed us to make this year's event more family-friendly than ever!
Missed the fun? You can still support our work by making a year-end donation or signing up for a membership!
Event photos courtesy of Eric Jung, Lifetime Memories Photography
The field of 2017 honorees was the strongest to date, each with a lengthy resume of accomplishments. Over the past several years each of the winners has worked diligently to advance the development of a more bicycle-, pedestrian-, and transit-friendly San Gabriel Valley. By supporting the creation of people-friendly streets and places in the suburban SGV, these Luminarias are thinking globally and acting locally on major issues, including climate change, air pollution, and the obesity/diabetes epidemic.
On Saturday December 2, 2017, BikeSGV will host its annual party - 'Noche de las Luminarias' - to celebrate the progress towards a more pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly SGV. This profile is one of a series of posts highlighting some of the people at the forefront of this movement. Event information can be found here.
Margaret Lin’s work over the past several years has helped advance discussion around sustainable mobility options in the City of South Pasadena and beyond, ranging from studying transportation alternatives for the proposed 710-North freeway tunnel to facilitating one of the most complex open streets events ever staged in the United States. The 8-city, 626 Golden Streets ciclovía would not have been possible without her government experience and can-do attitude; the historic event overcame everything from shifting local politics to a massive wildfire that forced its originally scheduled date of June 26, 2016. At the same time Margaret has worked with diverse partners including Metro and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to launch a Bike-Friendly Business District project, set the stage for the implementation of bike share in South Pasadena, and supported implementation of the City’s 2011 Bicycle Master Plan.
A graduate of South Pasadena public schools with deep roots in the SGV - Margaret received her Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Geographical Information Systems from Cal Poly Pomona before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California - Margaret has worked in both the private and public sector, previously for the Southern California Association of Governments where she played an active role in developing the Active Transportation sections of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), and currently as Principal Management Analyst for the City of South Pasadena.