November Update: Upcoming Events

Alhambra City Council Bike Plan Study Session
The Alhambra City Council will be having a Study Session, open to the public, on Monday November 7th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held in the central library’s Community Room on 101 South 1st St., just southwest of Main and Garfield.

If you live, ride or would just like to see a more bike/ped friendly Alhambra, please attend the meeting. This will be Council’s first formal consideration of the issue.

What: Alhambra City Council Bike Plan Study Session

When: Monday November 7th, 5:30pm

Where:Community Room, Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. 1st St.

South El Monte to Host Design Workshops for Durfee/Peck Rd Improvements

The California Local Government Commission, City of South El Monte and CA Center for Public Health Advocacy will be hosting a series of three community workshops to develop a bike-ped friendly vision for Durfee and Peck Roads. Public input is sorely needed, so if you live, walk, bike or just want to support active transportation in South El Monte please attend one, two or all of the events. For more info, call 626-579-6540.

11/10 (6-8pm) Opening Community Workshop

11/12 (9am-1pm) Walking Tour and Design Workshop

11/15 (6-8pm) Presentation of a Vision Plan

Where: All events will be held at the Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte

November Coalition Meeting – 11/14 – 6:30-8:30pm – El Encanto

The next WSGVBC coalition meeting is right around the corner. Join us at Monterey Park’s historic El Encanto building for refreshments and updates on the group’s latest efforts in the community.

What: West San Gabriel Bike Coalition Meeting

When: Monday November 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, 700 El Mercado Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754

California Bike Summit – 11/5-7 – Kyoto Grand Hotel, Los Angeles

This weekend, the California Bicycle Coalition is coming to town to host this year’s state bike summit in downtown Los Angeles. The three day event will feature an array of speakers, workshops, organized rides, and opportunities to meet and socialize with bike advocates from around the state.

Although late registration for the full event is $120, members of the public can attend Monday’s full schedule of workshops for only $10. For more details, please visit CBC’s eventwebsite.

City of Pasadena to Host General Plan Mobility Workshops in November

City Planning staff will host four Mobility Workshopsin November for members of the public to share their  “thoughts about the future of driving, biking, walking and riding transit” in the City. The workshops are the latest outreach opportunity of the City’s General Plan update process, which is winding down and should come before Council for approval in the coming months.

The City’s Draft Bike Master Plan falls under the Mobility Element of the General Plan, so these meetings will be a good opportunity for folks who live and ride in Pasadena to provide feedback directly to City staff.

What: City of Pasadena Mobility Workshops

When/where: November 10, 11, 17, and 12/1 (Spanish)

For times and locations, see workshop webpage

Upcoming Events in Chronological Order 

  • 11/3 (6-7pm) – Emerald Necklace Action Team Meeting – Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 Tyler Ave., El Monte
  • 11/7 (5:30pm) – Alhambra Bike Plan Study Session – Alhambra Library Community Room, 101 South 1st Street, Alhambra 91801
  • 11/10 (6:30-8:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Pasadena Senior Center, Scott Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St, Pasadena
  • 11/10 (6-8pm) – South El Monte Durfee/Peck Rd. Community Workshop Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/10 (7-9pm) – Temple City Traffic Calming Workshop – Temple City Historical Society Hall, 9704 Woodruff Ave.
  • 11/12 (9am-1pm) –  Walking Tour and Design Workshop – Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/14 (6:30-8:30pm) – WSGVBC Monthly Meeting – El Encanto, 700 El Mercado Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
  • 11/15 (6:30-8:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
  • 11/15 (6-8pm) – Presentation of Durfee/Peck Rd. Vision Plan Senior Center, 1556 Central Ave, South El Monte
  • 11/16 (9am-) – LA County Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing on Final Draft of Bike Plan – Hall of Records; Room 150, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. The Final Plan and Draft EIR are available for public review.
  • 11/17 (2:30-4:30pm) – Pasadena Mobility Workshop – Fair Oaks Community Room, Renaissance Plaza, 694 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 2nd Floor #203, Pasadena
  • 11/17 (6-8pm) – Temple City Downtown Strategic Plan Workshop – Temple City Historical Society Hall, 9704 Woodruff Ave.

A Deadly Week for Pasadena Cyclists Underlines Need for Better Infrastructure, Greater Accountability

Motorists killed two cyclists and injured a third in Pasadena last week. Two of the incidents were hit-and-runs, the third labeled an “accident.” Yet a car crash is never an accident. There’s always a cause. And it’s often preventable.

Speed plays a key role in most fatal collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists. According to Britain’s Department of Transportation, a driver whose vehicle strikes a pedestrian at 30mph has a 45% chance of killing them. At 40mph the chance of death jumps to about 85%.  At 50+ mph a pedestrian has less than a 5% chance of survival.

Given the stakes, we as a community must take steps to calm traffic and hold drivers accountable. Too often only the most egregious cases involving drunk driving and/or hit-and-run result in criminal charges for drivers that kill or seriously injure pedestrians. Although still under investigation, the recent crashes in Pasadena are emblematic of this troubling trend. One driver who stopped after striking a cyclist has already been exonerated, despite his failure to yield.

How we as a society understand these tragedies also needs to change. In most cases we fail to correctly assign blame when ultimately it’s the driver’s fault, not the car’s. Like guns, cars can easily kill if misused. That’s why drivers of larger, inherently more dangerous vehicles are held to a higher standard in other countries when they are involved in collisions. It’s a system that’s only fair when an “accident” that doesn’t at all injure one party, far too often costs another their life.

We can also help prevent accidents in the first place by working to safely accommodate all road users. At present Pasadena’s streets, like most in Southern California, lack dedicated bike lanes and similar infrastructure. In Pasadena, cross town routes tend to be thoroughfares with wide lanes that encourage high speeds. In other communities, we’ve seen how road diets, protected bike lanes, and subtle changes to lane size can dramatically improve safety for all road users. Traffic engineers and city leaders should see our streets as a way to move people efficiently, not just cars, no matter their choice of transportation.

Make no mistake: changes like these take time, resources and political will. But pedestrian and cyclist safety must be made a priority, especially in light of last week’s deaths, only the latest in a rash of needless tragedies on our streets. Otherwise, such deaths will continue to be the collateral damage of our car-centric society. In the meantime those who travel our streets by bike will continue to place their safety and welfare in the hands of motorists on the roads we all must share. There’s only so much a helmet can do against thousands of pounds of metal. It’s never a fair fight, and one we should do our best to prevent.


WSGVBC Mourns the Loss of Alan Deane

Ghost Bike for Alan Deane on corner of Terrace and Colorado

Local musician, actor and cyclist Alan Deane tragically passed away on Thursday September 22nd – his birthday – after being struck by a car while riding across Terrace St. on Colorado Blvd. Alan was an accomplished guitarist and a regular at local community bike events, including the first official WSGVBC Emerald Necklace ride in July.  Needless to say, he will be sorely missed.

Alan was also the second cyclist to be killed in Pasadena in less than a week – two days prior Jocelyn Young was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding home to Alhambra on Los Robles south of Cordova – highlighting the dangers facing cyclists in even one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most bike-friendly communities.

Although the exact circumstances of both fatal accidents are still being investigated, the need for safe bike infrastructure is clear, especially in the City’s central business districts where both of the accidents occurred. As a recent article in the Economist magazine highlights, cycling in the United States is significantly more dangerous than in countries that have made the development of safe bike infrastructure a priority.

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Patagonia Pasadena Sponsors WSGVBC for Company Bike to Work Week – June 5-11

For the first time, Patagonia stores across the country are teaming up with local bike advocacy groups for the company’s annual Bike to Work Week.  The West San Gabriel Valley is lucky to be home to a Patagonia shop in the City of Pasadena, and the WSGVBC is even luckier to be selected for sponsorship – thanks to a store customer and local cyclist who recommended us, after which we just had to convince store staff to vote for our group during the selection process.  Obviously, we came out on top!

WSGVBC volunteers will be hosting a table in shop on Saturday June 11th to raise awareness about our group and the LACBC (of which we are an official chapter), educate customers about local efforts in the community, and sign people up for the coalition listserve.  We also will have coalition materials and a sign-up sheet on the store’s advocacy/take action table.

If you have not been to the store before, Bike Week is an opportune time to do so!  The shop can be found one block north of Colorado Blvd, on the corner of Fair Oaks and Union, in the heart of Old Pasadena.

47 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 795-0319

The WSGVBC would like to thank Patagonia and the Pasadena branch staff for their generous support.

Safe riding!