Orange County Branch Newsletter
ASCE OC Sustainability Committee
November Bike Ride Event
By Nathan Forrest, P.E. | Sustainability Committee Member
As more people seek ways to avoid using cars unnecessarily and look for safe recreational and fitness opportunities, the need for dedicated bicycle facilities continues to grow. With that in mind, the ASCE Sustainability Committee hosted a bike ride on Saturday, November 2nd to look at the current status of the OC Loop project on northern Orange County. About 20 riders met at Urban Plate, in the Village at La Floresta shopping center in Brea shop for a 7.5-mile flat ride along the Tracks at Brea segment of the OC Loop.
Tracks at Brea Sign
We started off riding northbound along Valencia Ave for a short distance and then crossed the road to get onto the Class 1 bike path. The path crosses several streets at signalized intersections and crossings as it proceeds west along with some flood control facilities and an old rail grade. This Class 1 facility offers lots of space for pedestrians, cyclists, and families.
Class 1 Bike Path
Once we got to the end of the currently constructed path just west of Brea Blvd., we had a discussion with Paul Martin, formerly the OCTA Active Transportation Coordinator (and now Transportation Manager for the City of Placentia) about the future work required to extend the bike path from that terminus, as well as the status of some of the other phases of the OC Loop.
The Ride Group
Finally, we headed back to Urban Plate to have some refreshments, look at some project documents, and talk about the status of active transportation on Orange County.
Thank you to all the riders and who came out for the ride. We’re already planning another ride for the springtime. This one will take place along Santiago Creek in Santa Ana, Orange, and Villa Park. Keep an eye on the ASCE newsletter and emails for more information.