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SGV Greenway Network

San Gabriel Valley
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SGV Greenway Network: Creating an Active Transportation Superhighway by 2025

The San Gabriel Valley is crisscrossed with storm channels, washes and creeks that feed into the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers. Flanked by gravel service roads, most of these tributaries are ideally suited for Class I Multi-Use Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths, providing a golden opportunity to develop a regional network of protected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

A few of these waterways such as the Eaton Wash, San Jose Creek and Big Dalton Creek have already been identified by County and City officials for such infrastructure. But many others exist! Each would connect new neighborhoods, schools and entire communities to a regional network of protected pathways for safe recreation and healthy, active transportation. 

Driven by the input of community members and stakeholders like you, ActiveSGV launched the 2025 SGV Greenway Network initiative in 2014, setting a goal of 50 miles of new #SGVgreenways and green streets in a decade. 

Please join us in championing a healthier, greener, and more livable San Gabriel Valley by formally endorsing the San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Network Initiative!

SGV Regional Active Transportation Plan and Greenway Network Study


SGVgreenways supporters with Supervisor Hilda Solis
#SGVgreenways supporters with Supervisor Hilda Solis following Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimous support for the SGV Greenway Strategic Implementation Plan - May 2017

Greenway Network Updates

  • April-September 2014 - SGVCOG and ActiveSGV partner on successful awarded CA-Active Transportation Program (cycle 1) grant to conduct regional greenway feasibility study
  • Fall 2015 - City of Baldwin Park awarded funding to construct greenway along Big Dalton Wash 
  • April 2016 - District 1 Supervisorial staff and SGVCOG launch bi-monthly regional greenway working group to coordinate efforts
  • May-June 2016 - City of Glendora applies to CA-Active Transportation Program to fund design and construction of greenways on the Big and Little Dalton Washes 
  • May-June 2016 - Cities of Baldwin Park and West Covina apply to CA-Active Transportation Program to fund design and construction of greenways along the Big Dalton Wash and Walnut Creek
  • August 2016 - LA County Department of Public Works awarded funding to construct 1.5 mile greenway along the Eaton Wash in the City of Temple City
  • May 16, 2017 - LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passes "San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Network Implementation Plan" motion, authored by Supervisors Solis and Barger. 
  • June 2017 - June 2019 - San Gabriel Valley Regional Active Transportation Planning Project and Greenway Feasibility Study identifies 50 miles of waterways best suited for short-term greenway implementation.
  • June 2018 - City of Glendora hosts grand opening for its first stretch of greenway along the San Dimas Wash  
  • July 2018 - City of South Pasadena hosts grand opening for its first greenway along the Arroyo Seco channel
  • Summer 2019 - City of Glendora conducts design input session for Phase 2 of the San Dimas Wash greenway
  • Winter 2019 - Los Angeles County refines design for Puente Creek Greenway 
  • June 2020 - Los Angeles County begins technical Greenway Implementation Study focusing on available right-of-way along flood control channels and hydrology needs and constraints.
  • July 2020 - Eaton Wash Greenway reaches 60% design completion.
  • September 2020 - Los Angeles County applies to the CA Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 to construct an extension to the San Jose Creek greenway. If funded this project would include a new bridge across San Jose Creek and 1.5 miles of multi-use path. Update: unfortunately the County’s application was not awarded funding; only 1 application in the entire SGV was granted funding (6% of SGV applicants) in the almost prohibitively competitive ATP program.
  • February 2021 - The County of Los Angeles begins the SGV Greenway Network Strategic Implementation Plan.
  • January 2022 - The City of Glendora releases a request for proposal for firms to design and construct a segment of the greenway along the San Dimas Wash. 

Other #SGVgreenway Projects in various planning stages (details pending):

  • San Dimas Wash - City of Glendora
  • San Jose Creek - City of Pomona
  • San Jose Creek - grade separation project at Turnbull Canyon Rd will make accommodations for a greenway underpass at this location in the future

SGV Greenway Network - A Work in Progress!

The map below contains four layers of information: 

  1. Potential paths recommended by BikeSGV (black) 
  2. Existing Paths (blue) 
  3. Potential Complete Streets Corridors (red) and 
  4. Schools (yellow)

Ideas/comments/feedback/suggestions?  Let us know!

Existing, Planned and Potential Waterway Paths

EXISTING Class I Paths

  • San Gabriel River Path
  • Rio Hondo River Path
  • San Jose Creek
  • Thompson Creek

Currently PLANNED Class I Paths - L.A. County Bikeways

  • Big Dalton Wash - 3.8 miles (Irwindale Ave. to Barranca)
  • Eaton Wash - 8.3 miles (Rio Hondo Path to New York Dr.)
  • Puente Creek - 4.3 miles (San Jose Creek to Azusa Ave.)
  • San Jose Creek - 0.7 miles (SG River Path to Workman Mill Rd.)
  • San Jose Creek - 15.6 miles (7th Ave. to Murchison Ave.)
  • Santa Anita Wash - 0.3 miles (Live Oak Ave. to Longden Ave.)
  • Thompson Creek - 3.7 miles  (Lockhaven to White Ave)


Identified and recommended by ActiveSGV as strong, viable candidates to expand the regional waterway network

  • Arcadia Wash
  • Little Dalton Wash
  • Live Oak Wash
  • Santa Anita Wash
  • San Antonio Creek
  • Valinda Wash
  • Walnut Creek


  • American Heart Association Greater LA
  • Amigos de los Rios
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • Catalyst SGV
  • Climate Resolve
  • Day One
  • Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association
  • EnviroMetro
  • Fortune Farms
  • Foothill Vista
  • Greenway Network
  • HealthCare Partners
  • Investing in Place
  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
  • Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, and Hilda Solis
  • Long Beach Transit
  • The Lopez Foundation to Prevent Bicyclists from Getting Run Over
  • Mt San Antonio College
  • Pasadena Athletic Association
  • Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition
  • Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Pasadena
  • San Gabriel Mountains Forever
  • San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG)