The Bike Master Plan

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.

Community Input

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!

4 Responses to The Bike Master Plan

  1. Jessica Saldana-Annand says:

    My husband and I are residents of RB and avid bicyclists around town. We’d love to be involved in any discussions, planning efforts, or community workshops. How do I sign up?

    • Steve says:

      Hi Jessica – thanks for dropping us a note! New friends and especially active supports are more than welcome, they are vital to the continued success of the Coalition efforts. You can forward your contact info either to myself at stephenmontalto@gmail.com or to Marissa Christiansen at Marissa@la-bike.org. Please give your names (just first and last), city, phone number, and email address for both you and your husband. Also please mention as to how you heard of us. That will get you in our data base.

      As for upcoming activities – your timing couldn’t be more perfect. We are starting the first round of Community Open Houses to discuss and get inputs for the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan. The meeting in Redondo Beach is scheduled for Jan 20th @ 7PM at the Alta Vista Community Center, 715 Julia Avenue. Hope to see you there.

      A last note – besides the site you can also keep track of goings on and share info, participate in discussions on our Facebook page: South Bay Bicycle Coalition.

      Thanks again for reaching out and welcome aboard!

      Steve

  2. Don Guld says:

    I ride for an hour every morning. From my home in Hermosa, I go north and use the bike path next to Hermosa Avenue. At it’s terminal end, a few blocks before joining the regular bake path, the cracks in the tarmac are of a great irritation to me and can easily blow out a tire that is not fully inflated. The city should grind town those sharp rising in order to encourage people to bike. I have ridden my bike along here for 80 years and it is sad to not have it pleasureful for cyclists.
    I would have written this to the city but I do not know to whom it should be directed.
    Don Guild
    1920 Strand
    Hermosa Beach

    • Steve says:

      Hi Don,

      Thanks for taking the initiative to raise awareness about issues regarding the South Bay bicycling facilities. This is the type of input we are looking for to be include but as comments to the existing (and potentially proposed) bike networks that we are addressing in the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan. As it just so happens we have a member of the Public Works Commission on our board and we’ll make sure that he is made aware of this specific issue. I would also encourage you to attend our upcoming Community Workshop for Hermosa Beach on June 23rd. This will be a great opportunity to see the draft of the new regional master plan and provide comments as well as help show our elected officials and city staff that we do care about and want improvements to our bike infrastructure.

      Steve

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