As the area’s leading bike advocacy group, SBBC is constantly engaged in improving bike infrastructure and policy to ensure cycling safety and convenience. At the forefront of these efforts is the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.
Partnering with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the City of Redondo Beach, SBBC has endeavored to secure grant funding for a regional bicycle master plan that will seek to improve policy and infrastructure across seven cities in the South Bay: El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.
The grant is administered by the County Department of Public Health under the RENEW program, which is made possible by funds from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative. The South Bay Bicycle Master Plan seeks to reduce the prevalence of obesity and improve community health through the activation of the area’s residents.
To learn more about our RENEW grant partners, click here.
What Is a Bike Master Plan?
A bike master plan is exactly as it sounds; a comprehensive document that identifies bicycle infrastructure improvement opportunities throughout the area. Master planning efforts involve identifying existing conditions, gaining community input and prioritizing proposed projects. Many of the seven involved cities already have bike master plans (see Existing). The South Bay Bike Master Plan will seek to expand upon these plans and provide linkages between them.
The planning and proposal phases of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan will extend through the Summer of 2012. This planning phase will culminate with a comprehensive plan that identifies the priority improvements that will provide inter-connectivity across the South Bay.
The South Bay Bicycle Coalition and their grant partners have carefully selected a consultant that will ensure the resulting master plan will create eligibility for additional funding opportunities for each participating city.
The most important piece of any master planning effort, bike or otherwise, is community input. The community-at-large holds a great deal of power in determining the successes and failures of a given planning effort. As such, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a series of community workshops and charrettes in each of the seven cities. Join our mailing list or Facebook group to get involved!