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Do you think Alhambra should support a master bike plan?

The Alhambra City Council will consider on Monday night the first draft of a bike plan, a proposal that aims to improve local cyclist safety in Alhambra by increasing bikeways and creating connections to popular destinations and neighboring cities. We asked readers last June when the city decided to move forward with developing the plan with Alta Planning & Design. At the time, we received 67 responses and 96 percent said they supported it. Now that the plan is moving forward to the implementation stage, we want to know, do you support the concept? What are your concerns about bikes in Alhambra? What would you like to see happen?

Should the city implement the master bike plan? Why? What are your concerns about bikes in Alhambra? ?

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

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6 thoughts on “Do you think Alhambra should support a master bike plan?”

  1. The current plan as proposed by Alta and the City falls way short and has the appearance of plan not really intended to make the city safer for bicycling. Why with all the funding available at little cost to the city that such a plan has been proposed is beyond logic. 3 1/2 miles of class 2 lanes is a joke for a city of our size. Temple City will have 2 miles of Class 1 and 10 miles of class 2 and they are smaller than Alhambra. I understand that the plan would be completed over a 10-year period. Wow, 10 years to put some paint on the street and signs? The City needs to get serious and respond to the bike coalitions, the residents and the call for a more visionary approach to encouraging more bike riders to take to the streets of Alhambra. There is no lack of residents that want to bike our streets, but this plan will do nothing to get these riders on the street unless it is more aggressive in providing a safe environment.

  2. I have been hit again Alhambra. This isn’t cool. Mr Paulson please move forward with the master plan. At least stripe some bike lanes. If not for me, the children.

  3. @Jesse, costs and funding are both addressed in the draft plan. Costs to build out and maintain are on pages 47 and 48. In addition, there are many funding sources available. See pages 51-56.

    @Joesph, I don’t think it is an impossible task. People will use bicycles if they feel safe and the routes available take them to where they want to go; that’s what this bicycle plan is intended to help the city accomplish. Otherwise, I do agree that the tough part will be getting people to use their bicycles. The city will walk a fine line in integrating bicycles into our transportation infrastructure, and will need to balance our near-total reliance on autos with the goals of the bicycle plan. But it isn’t a hopeless endeavor.

  4. I commute through Alhambra every day. I live in SP and work at CSULA. I ride with a co-worker and sometimes one more as well. While not a resident of Alhambra, your activities with this effect me as well as you. If the lack of a bike plan causes (directly or indirectly) my having an accident, that costs Alhambra money and if more people ride bikes through Alhambra to work (as i do) it decreases costs to Alhambra by reducing wear and tear to your streets. So having a bike plan for non-residents is also very important.

    I think your bike plan is well done and well thought out. The issue of bike sensors in the road is very important as currently bike riders have to get onto the sidewalks and push the “Walk” buttons. (However, how these sensors will work with carbon, aluminum, or titatium bikes I’m not sure.) I would rather not have to do that if I could avoid it. Some intersections, such as Ross crossing Fremont are dreadful: Westbound have no options for bikes and Eastbound you have to be facing south on Fremont to push the button.

    Nonetheless, I do applaud Alhambra for delving into this issue.

  5. The bike plan is the easy part. Getting people out of their cars and onto bikes is next to impossible.

    This plan, if implemented, should help the 3 or 4 people who will actually use it.

  6. how much is this going to cost? who’s paying for it?
    these are the questions everyone should be asking.