Alhambra's Bike Plan released to the public

Alta Planning + Design and the City of Alhambra released Wednesday a draft of the Alhambra Bicycle Master Plan, a proposal that aims to improve cyclist safety in Alhambra by increasing bikeways and creating connections to popular destinations and neighboring cities. The plan also includes support facilities such as on-street bike parking, storage areas, and bike-rack accommodations on public transit.

City officials will be presenting the draft to Alhambra City Council on Monday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alhambra Civic Center Library. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan during the meeting.

Administrative Draft Plan 11-14-2012

2 thoughts on “Alhambra's Bike Plan released to the public”

  1. Can anyone help me by telling me where in the body of the Draft Plan that refers to Fig 2-1 on Page 9, which, incidentally seems to lack a legend? Anywhere in the body of the Draft Plan that mentions these “West SGV Proposed Bikeways”? Anyone knows what that “South El Monte Island” on the map is? Just curious.
    I have bad eyes; I see only 3 stops on the Montebello Bus Line 30 within the entire Fig 3-3 map. I never rode on that bus. Is it correct that that bus has so few stops?
    I am quite confused as to the difference between education and enforcement discussed in Sec 5. Handing out information sheets is considered enforcement? “Bicycle officers help educate bicyclists and motorists through enforcement”? Well, I guess some really want to put a gentler and nicer face on the police. If they give a warning to the violator, I would call it education. If they give a ticket, I call it enforcement. And other places in the Draft Plan seem to agree with me: “Speed trailers work as both an education and enforcement tool. By itself, the unmanned trailer educates motorists … The APD should station officers near the trailers to issue speeding citations …” Let’s call it what it is. And putting up signage is also considered enforcement and is to be done by APD? The writer also seems to be mixed up between riding on the sidewalk and riding the “wrong way” (see Page 38).
    When I read “Since Alhambra does not currently have any bikeways, motorists may not even realize they are violating laws.” Huh? I couldn’t help but paused for a few moments to figure out what laws I am violating that I do not even realize. It seems that the writer means that bikeways are like speed signs. Without speed signs, one may not realize that one is driving over the speed limit. And when bikeways are installed, we will then suddenly realize that we have been violating some laws all these years? Anyone helps me figure this out? Does it actually mean that with or without bikeways, motorists need to share the road?

  2. Tell everyone you know in Alhambra about the draft bicycle plan and Monday’s meeting, including your friends, family, colleagues, and your child’s teacher and school principal. Encourage them to attend, even if they don’t intend to speak up. Meeting attendance, particularly for the bike plan, will tell the City Council whether that topic is a priority for Alhambra residents.

    If you cannot attend, contact Chris Paulson, assistant to the city manager, and give him your feedback regarding the bike plan and/or whether you think the bike plan should be a priority for the city. Low turnout at the meeting, or otherwise little interest expressed by the community will indicate to the City Council that it should spend the city’s scarce resources on other things.

    Also, there is a meeting about the 710 freeway on Monday at 7pm, presumably immediately after the bike plan meeting.

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