The Next Best Intersectional Urban Bikeway Projects
For over 30 years, Normal Street in San Diego was supposed to be a community space by official designation. But only since 2012, when SANDAG began moving forward with its Bike Early Action Program, has there been serious planning. Now, with unprecedented collaboration among SANDAG, the City of San Diego, and local organizations, a community-driven plan to transform this space is in place.
In El Monte, ActiveSGV staff worked with community members, the Council for Watershed Health, Climate Resolve, and other nonprofits, to secure funding from the State Coastal Conservancy to transform Merced Avenue in the San Gabriel Valley into a 1.1-mile greenway. Currently at 60% design, the plan calls for a protected, sidewalk grade level multiple use trail that will capture stormwater, improve safety, and make it easier for people to be healthy. It's a model of coupling transportation and water funding to achieve a more climate-resilient community.