Caltrans SGV District Collecting Public Comments for Active Transportation Plan

A screen shot of the San Gabriel Valley and the state highways that cross through its region. Caltrans District 7, which encompasses LA and Ventura County, is drafting a district active transportation plan and needs local input on how to improve the corridors of its state highway system. Image: Caltrans District 7 survey
A screen shot of the San Gabriel Valley and the state highways that cross through its region. Caltrans District 7, which encompasses LA and Ventura County, is drafting a district active transportation plan and needs local input on how to improve the corridors of its state highway system. Image: Caltrans District 7 survey

The Caltrans District representing Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is developing an Active Transportation Plan along its highway system.

The district 7 plan will identify locations for bicycle and pedestrian improvements on, across, or parallel to the state highway system. According to the project website, the plan’s goals are to “strengthen and connect local active transportation networks and improve safety and access for people,” with an emphasis on “social equity, partnerships, and robust engagement.”

A survey is currently live and allows people to map out where they have bicycling and walking concerns along a 1/4 mile buffer around a state highway. The deadline to have feedback considered for the District 7 plan is tomorrow, July 31, said Cuong Phu Trinh, Caltrans District 7, Senior Transportation Planner.

Even though the consultant hired to develop the plan will only look at the data as of July 31, the survey will remain open for the public to fill out until all 12 Caltrans districts have completed their district plan, which could be up to one to two years, said Trinh. Any new data inputted into the survey after the deadline can and will be used by Caltrans staff to develop future projects, Cuong said.

“We do look at the (California Active Transportation) plan data to recommend locations where our team can look at the projects and look at the comments on how to create solutions in that area,” Cuong added.

The survey is available in English and Spanish.

The Caltrans survey is looking for feedback about walkability and bikeability concerns around it's state highways. Survey participants can offer their concerns around a 1/4 buffer around any given state highways. Image: Caltrans District 7 survey
The Caltrans survey is looking for feedback about walkability and bikeability concerns around it’s state highways. Survey participants can offer their concerns around a 1/4 buffer around any given state highways. Image: Caltrans District 7 survey

This districtwide plan is one of 12 happening throughout the state. As a result of Caltrans adopting its bicycle and pedestrian plan, the statewide plan called for the development of district-level active transportation plans to identify bicycle and pedestrian needs at the local level.

The district-level active transportation plans are expected to ultimately lead to an increase in active transportation projects to support a shift in mode-share to active transportation trips.  They are also intended to identify opportunities to reconnect communities where transportation facilities have historically created community barriers.

The San Gabriel Valley is home to roughly 11 routes under the state highway system. While most are well known freeways, like the 10 and the 710, other routes owned and operated by Caltrans are city streets. These include a small portion of Foothill Boulevard in La Verne, and Rosemead Boulevard/State Highway 19 between Linden Lane and Gallatin Road, just before Beverly Road.

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