On December 15th the South El Monte City Council became the 5th and final project City to formally adopt their city-section of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan! The Council's unanimous vote in favor of the plan left the project with a perfect, 25-0 record by local leaders.
A huge thank you to all the members of the public, city staff, public health professionals and other supporters who shepherded this project from an idea in 2010 to a funded project and finally an adopted plan.
Although project funding for this effort was cut short by the US Congress, ending prematurely in September 2014, we are confident the final plan's many supporters will help ensure that implementation moves forward even without dedicated staff to assist the 5 project cities. However, that will only be possible if local residents like you continue to stay active and support the development of safer, more bicycle and pedestrian friendly streets!
Stay tuned and stay involved!
On November 25th, 2014, the City of El Monte unanimously passed several key items significant to advancing community health, including a local Complete Streets policy and the El Monte Bike Plan portion of the regional plan!
On hand to celebrate this auspicious moment and provide comment to local leaders were the Day One El Monte team of staff and Youth Advocates, as well as 30-40 community residents from El Monte and the greater San Gabriel Valley! With glow bracelets, Christmas lights, bright reflective tape and neon signs, the group demonstrated the importance of visibility for pedestrians and bikers.
To underline the need for streets that accommodate all road users, the DO youth advocates also put together and screened a video highlighting why "Complete Streets" were important to them.
With the passage of both policies the City of El Monte is one step closer to becoming a more bike-and-pedestrian friendly community. We extend a huge thank you to all those who made this possible, particularly Councilwoman Victoria Martinez, Mountain View High School, El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, El Monte Union High School Board, First 5 LA/Best Start- El Monte/South El Monte, Wolfpack Fitness, South El Monte Arts Posse, and many more!