This plan was prepared for the City of Eastvale through the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Sustainability Grant Program. The scope included developing a citywide bicycle network with a menu of supportive programs emphasizing agency and public participation, bicyclist needs and demand analysis and an implementation plan.
The Eastvale area was predominately dairy farms. By the late 1990s, the area began to suburbanize to accommodate people from neighboring counties seeking affordable housing. Despite significant development since its 2010 incorporation, Eastvale remains a “commuter town,” with 92 percent of work trips by single-occupancy vehicle. The online application Walk Score categorizes Eastvale as a “Car-Dependent City,” with a 23/100 walkability score. Improving this score was a widely supported quality of life improvement.
This project’s process included conventional planning techniques, as well as unique methods related to public outreach, analysis, project alternatives selection and stakeholder involvement:
Public Outreach – This project’s outreach strategy relied heavily on non-traditional approaches, particularly “piggybacking” on other popular community events and by creating a strong online presence. This approach was informed by City staff input who felt there would likely be low turnout at more traditional, stand-alone planning events. Eastvale’s reputation as a “tech savvy” community was borne out by the online survey of nearly 500 responses, most with additional comments.
GIS Modeling – A new GIS methodology was developed to reveal “low stress” neighborhood routes within Eastvale’s traditionally suburban street “loops and lollipops” network of arterials and cul-de-sacs to connect residential neighborhoods with parks, schools and retail centers. This methodology was later presented at a national mobility conference.
Multiple Facilities – Because it was only recently incorporated, many of Eastvale’s streets are wider than they need to be, a relatively uncommon problem. This allowed for a novel planning approach in which multiple alternative solutions could be considered. For example, many arterials not only have more lanes than needed, they also have large right-of-ways the City must maintain and irrigate. An option in this plan is to convert some of the space to “low-stress” pathways, while retaining as many existing trees as possible.
Graphic Emphasis – Because this is Eastvale’s first dedicated bicycle master plan, and the “state of practice” in bicycle planning is rapidly evolving, this plan relied heavily on 3D models, maps, photographs and other graphics to illustrate proposed facilities and concepts.
Stakeholder Collaboration – Due to Eastvale’s recent incorporation and subsequent rapid development, existing conditions and future projects data were sometimes lacking. Stakeholder input, particularly City staff, was indispensable to ensure that recommendations were appropriate for current and future contexts.