The City of Pico Rivera is proposing to construct the Pico Rivera Regional Bikeway (Project) along Mines Avenue from Paramount Boulevard to the San Gabriel River, across the San Gabriel River, and along Dunlap Crossing Road from the San Gabriel River to Norwalk Boulevard. The Project consists of a 1.5-mile bicycle facility along Mines Avenue, a pedestrian bridge over the San Gabriel River, and a bicycle facility along Dunlap Crossing Road.
The 1.5-mile bicycle facility along Mines Avenue is classified as a Class IV bikeway that can be utilized by bicyclists and pedestrians. A Class IV bikeway is an on-street bike facility that is separated from vehicle traffic by use of landscaped islands, curbs or parked vehicles as buffers. The Mines Avenue bikeway will connect the Rio Hondo Channel trail at Paramount Boulevard to the San Gabriel River Trail to the east, and Norwalk Boulevard along Dunlap Crossing Road. The Class IV Bikeway is proposed to be constructed in the middle of Mines Avenue, with bioswales on each side of the bikeway. A bioswale is a landscape element used to clean storm water before it goes into the storm drainage system. Drought-tolerant plants will be planted within the bioswale to improve the aesthetic of Mines Avenue. Additional improvements along Mines Avenue include, but are not limited to, pavement reconstruction, reconfiguration of the parking lanes, upgraded street lighting, traffic signal modifications, street signs, roadway striping, and utility relocations.
The structural component of the Project is the construction of a pedestrian bridge to cross the San Gabriel River, approximately 2,600 feet north of Mines Avenue. The proposed bridge is 14 feet wide for pedestrians and bicyclists, which will connect the west side of the San Gabriel River to the San Gabriel River Mid Trail on the east side of the river.
Improvements along Dunlap Crossing Road from the San Gabriel River Mid Trail to Norwalk Boulevard include Class I and II bike lanes. A Class I bike path is a paved bike lane that is completely separated from the street. A Class II bike lane is an on-street bike lane, with pavement striping delineating the bike lane. The project also includes new pavement along Dunlap Crossing Road from Torrey Pines Road to Norwalk Boulevard. Exhibits are available for viewing here.
· Provide region-wide bicycle connectivity within Southern California
· Provide connectivity from the Rio Hondo Channel Trail to the San Gabriel River Trail
· Promote active transportation
· Increase public safety through
§ Traffic calming measures (with the wide roadway, motorists are speeding through Mines Avenue)
§ Emergency responders access through Mines Avenue is maintained
§ Multi-use trail (pedestrians and bicyclists) separated from vehicular traffic
§ Upgraded street lighting
§ Designated crossings with stop control
· Rehabilitate deteriorated roadway pavement
· Enhance roadway aesthetics with drought-tolerant landscaping
· Improve water quality through bioswales