City officials moved forward with awarding a contract to Alta Planning & Design to develop a bike master plan at a City Council meeting Monday night. The company has also created plans for other communities, such as Temple City and parts of Los Angeles.
Officials have yet to meet with a consultant to determine the actual design, but it would consist of a series of bike lanes to form a route throughout the city. "The width of streets, traffic, there are many factors that come into play when you’re going to determine whether to put in a bike route,” Director of Public Works Mary Chavez said.
The next stage is to develop the design, which will cost around $19,995. "I'm glad that we're taking this step forward," said Councilman Steven Placido. "It will be interesting to see what they come up with for our city."
Advocates of the plan, including West San Gabriel Bike Coalition President Vincent Chang, appeared before the Council to show their support for the council's decision to approve the contract. Chang praised city officials for taking this step, as the initial discussions for the plan came about nearly one year ago. "It gives people an option," he said. "For those who choose to ride a bike, they can now do that. It's an alternative."
Efren Moreno of Bike SGV says that the eventual goal would be a "regional transportation plan," which would connect Alhambra's bike routes with surrounding cities, similar to what cities in the South Bay are trying to achieve. "They have the plan to connect cities, and the next step is to actually get the paint on the streets," he said. "We're trying to replicate that in the San Gabriel Valley."
Read the complete plan below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.Bike Master Plan