The City of Anaheim would like to invite you to participate in the next step for the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan: Bicycle Master Plan Update
Saturday, October 18
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim
- Join us and explore new bicycle routes in Anaheim derived from public input received from over 200 survey respondents and four public meetings.
- Make your preferences known for which new bicycle lanes and trails you would like to see!
- The Orange County Bicycle Coalition will hold a bicycle refresher course on bike safety
- Complimentary bike safety inspections will also be provided by The Bicycle Tree on the day of the event.
We encourage you to ride your bike to this event!
Bicycle Master Plan Update Flyer
Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan
The Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan, “It’s Your Backyard” (Plan), is a city-wide undertaking to evaluate non-motorized connections throughout the City of Anaheim, but especially among the Platinum Triangle, The Anaheim Resort ™, Downtown Anaheim and Anaheim Canyon areas. Key objectives of this Plan are to identify opportunities to create a minimum of 100 acres of new public greenspace throughout the City, and reduce Green House Gas(GHG) emissions to levels consistent with the California Global Warming Act of 2006. By providing improved bike routes and walkways that encourage alternative modes of transportation, overall personal health and fitness can be improved and GHG emissions associated with automobiles will be reduced.
In addition to increasing green space throughout the City of Anaheim, the Plan focuses on developing a system of green corridors connecting residents, visitors, and employees to both existing and planned high-density urban areas, employment centers, and the residential neighborhoods of the City.
The Plan is inspired by Boston’s Emerald Necklace, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the nation’s first landscape architect. Conceived, planned and constructed over a 40-year period beginning in 1850, the Emerald Necklace includes 1,100 acres of nine parks and promenades over a seven-mile length from the formal downtown Boston Commons to the great country park, Franklin Park.
Much like Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the Plan is a long-term vision plan but also a toolkit for projects that can be implemented in the near term. The goals of the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan are:
- Reduce Reliance on Automobiles
- Create Green Corridors
- Promote Human Interaction
- Enhance the Public Realm
- Develop Strong Pedestrian Orientation
- Increase City Park Acreage
- Promote Public Health
- Engage the Community in the Implementation of the Vision
The Plan identifies projects that emphasize shade trees, pocket parks, open spaces, multi-modal non-motorized trails and pathways, demonstration gardens, wildlife corridors, bioswales, and stormwater filtration and collection systems. The Plan also provides an updated city-wide plant palette of native and California-friendly plants that are recommended for the Anaheim public and private realm
The Plan is based on the City of Anaheim’s “Hi Neighbor”program. While the “Hi Neighbor” program encourages personal communications between neighbors for stronger, safer and vibrant neighborhoods, the Plan provides there commendations for the physical improvements that will encourage such communications.
“THE City of Anaheim is a diverse city, and one in which we are so proud. From great neighborhoods,parks, schools and libraries, to world-class sports and entertainment, to ARTIC and transportation options for our residents, businesses and guests, there is something for everyone in Anaheim
I am especially enthused about the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan because it will enhance the quality of life in our City, as well as offer away for residents to get involved with planning the look and design of our outdoor space. From increased and enhanced parks, trials, bike paths and more, Anaheim will be an even more connected community.”
-MAYOR Tom TAIT
Phase 1 of the three-phased Anaheim Bicycle Master Plan Update has recently ended with completion of a survey by nearly 200 respondents, and four community meetings where residents and stakeholders were engaged to help define the vision for enhancing bicycling opportunities.
Results of the 201 survey responses can be seen here and are summarized below in terms of major findings. Percent of respondents agreeing with the respective findings are noted in parentheses.
- Bicyclists are seen on Anaheim streets daily or multiple times per day (70%).
- Health benefits are the major reasons for bicycling (92%).
- Shopping and errand trips would be completed by bicycle if safe bicycle lanes or trails were in close proximity (62%).
- Transit access trips to/from bus stops or rail stations would be completed by bicycle if safe bicycle lanes or trails were in close proximity (25%).
- Bicycle lanes and trails are too few (86%).
- Lack of bicycle lanes and trails prevents more bicycling (83%).
- Unsafe/unlawful motorist behavior is of concern (67%).
- Bicycling more often can most likely be influenced by:
- Buffered bike lanes (76%)
- Off street bike paths (73%)
- Bicycle boulevards (62%).
Community meetings were held to gather perceptions on 22 possible additions to the City’s bicycle master plan. No segments were identified as being infeasible. Priorities were communicated for:
- Carbon Creek Bicycle Trail connecting West Anaheim Youth Center through Dad Miller golf Course to Tiger Woods Learning Center.
- Broadway buffered bicycle lanes from Dale Street through downtown to East Street
- Lemon Street Bicycle Boulevard from Ball Road to La Palma Park.
- Cerritos Avenue buffered bicycle lanes from Brookhurst Street to Walnut Street.
- Walnut Street buffered bicycle lanes from Katella Avenue to Santa Ana Street.
- Fairmont Boulevard overcrossing of SR-91 and the Santa Ana River to connect Anaheim Hills with the Santa Ana River Trail and the planned 66 mile OC Loop project
- Santa Ana River crossing east of Tustin Avenue to connect the river trail with Anaheim Canyon Metrolink station and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Phase 2 will consider this input and technical traffic and right-of-way data to determine projects feasibility. Results will be shared at an open house scheduled for Saturday October 18, 9 am to 11 am in front of City Hall. A detailed Agenda of activities is available here. Please plan to attend this event and take advantage of the opportunity to make your bicycle priorities known.
Phase 3 will complete the CEQA analysis for potentially feasible additions to the City’s Bikeway Master Plan. It is scheduled to be presented for City Council consideration in June 2015.