In July 2012 Day One partnered with BikeSGV and five local cities - Monterey Park, San Gabriel, La Puente, Baldwin Park, and South El Monte - to submit a proposal to develop a multi-jurisdictional bicycle plan. One of over 40 proposals submitted under the LA County Department of Public Health's HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Request for Proposal, the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan initiative was subsequently invited to the round of 16, which consisted of a panel interview. The aggregate scores of the written proposal and interview were then tabulated and ranked. At the end of the process, the project was incredibly fortunate to finish among the elite 8!
Modeled on the successful 7-city South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, the San Gabriel Valley initiative was prompted by the region's many small jurisdictions, lack of connected bicycle infrastructure, and high rates of physical inactivity and obesity. The regional approach will also help ensure that proposed infrastructure links project communities and cities such as Rosemead that already have bike plans.
Over the course of the next 3.5 years, the project will:
- Promote bicycling as a means to decrease childhood and adult obesity resulting from lack of physical activity;
- Develop a Bicycle Master Plan that creates an accessible network of bicycle infrastructure and connects the participating San Gabriel Valley cities to one another other and to greater Los Angeles County for the general benefit of all County residents;
- Facilitate the implementation of Master Plan projects;
- Foster the development of a youth-focused bicycle cooperative in the project area.
"The initiative's focus on implementing physical changes to the built environment has tremendous potential to accelerate recent steps to make bicycling a safer and more viable mode of transportation in the region," stated Day One Environmental Prevention Director Wes Reutimann. "Infrastructure such as Temple City's Rosemead Boulevard cycletrack - a physically protected bike lane - and the Marengo Ave. Class II Bicycle Lane in South Pasadena are examples of concrete improvements that studies show will improve safety for all road users - bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists," he added.
In the coming weeks the list of participating communities will be finalized, with each set to receive a bicycle master plan, educational outreach, and assistance with project implementation, all free of charge. Additional information about the plan and its next steps will be presented by project staff at the Monterey Park Transportation Summit on Saturday, June 1 (9-11am), to be held at George Elder Park Community Center, 1950 Wilcox Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
The initiative is one of 8 funded by a Health Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program.
Stay tuned for updates as this exciting project moves forward!