Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation
Bicycle and pedestrian travel are popular for recreation, as a means for children to get to school, and as a viable option for work commutes. The Monterey Park City Council first adopted a bicycle route plan in 1975. To address the needs for safe pedestrian routes, the council approved a Sidewalk Deficiency Master Plan in 1993.
Bicycle Circulation Plan
Figure C-4 (PDF) identifies the bicycle plan for Monterey Park. The city's bicycle plan includes routes delineated in the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by the MTA to encourage the development of a unified bicycle system throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The bicycle routes consist almost exclusively of signed Class II and Class III routes, with bicycle lane striping provided only where adequate road right of way exists. Within Edison Trails Park, the largely unimproved paths are used both by cyclists and pedestrians.The routes shown on Figure C-4 (PDF) link major park facilities in the city:
- Cascades Park
- Barnes Park
- Garvey Park
- Edison Trails Park
Routes also serve East Los Angeles Community College and the Monterey Pass Road technology corridor. The MTA's ongoing plans to extend light rail service into the East Los Angeles community and Montebello (the Eastside Corridor) provide an opportunity to integrate Monterey Park's bike plan with those of adjacent communities and thus establish easy access to nearby light rail stations.
Delegated Funding for Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvements
Under Senate Bill 821, two percent of the Los Angeles County Local Transportation Fund must be used for the development of pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities. The city receives funds allocated under this title and is committed to using these funds to further improve bicycle and pedestrian circulation in Monterey Park.
Create and maintain a connected system of bicycle routes and pedestrian facilities that meets the need of city residents.
- Policy 5.1
Provide for a citywide Class II and Class III bicycle path system consistent with Figure C-4 (PDF).
- Policy 5.2
Require that bicycle racks and adequate pedestrian facilities be incorporated into new commercial development projects.
- Policy 5.3
Coordinate with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to improve city bicycle routes within the Los Angeles County bicycle route system. In particular, encourage linkages to light rail and other transit stations.
- Policy 5.4
Continue implementation of the Sidewalk Deficiency Master Plan to provide for sidewalk improvements and enhancements, particularly in areas where sidewalks link residential neighborhoods to activity centers.
- Policy 5.5
Pursue plans for Downtown that provide for wider sidewalks, enhanced crosswalks, parking lot linkages, pedestrian-actuated signals, and other improvements that improve pedestrian circulation.