Skateboarders, bicyclists and joggers enjoy the bike path in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.
Skateboarders, bicyclists and joggers enjoy the bike path in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.

More than $78 million is being awarded to 54 “active transportation” projects such as bike paths and pedestrian walkways around the Southland, it was reported Friday.

The California Transportation Commission this week approved the $78.2- million regional spending plan that was developed by the Southern California Association of Governments and transportation agencies in each of the six counties that SCAG represents.

SCAG is a Joint Powers Authority that encompasses six counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Imperial — and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles.

“Active transportation provides long-lasting benefits in terms of health, safety and the sustainability of our communities, and is an essential element of our region’s long-term mobility plans,” said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of SCAG.

“Providing safe, non-motorized transportation alternatives is a growing priority for communities throughout our six counties, and we applaud the Transportation Commission and local transportation authorities for helping to make these projects a reality,” Ikhrata said.

Among the programs that will receive funding due to this week’s approval:

— A 1.25-mile Class 1 bicycle facility along the south bank of the Los Angeles River, from Owensmouth Avenue to Mason Avenue. The project will connect to the Metro Orange Line, Canoga Park High School, Westfield Topanga Shopping Center, Warner Center and Pierce College.

— Phase 3 of the San Fernando Road Bike Path, which includes a 4.75- mile stretch that will be the final link of a continuous 13-mile bike path. And

— An extension of the current Anaheim Coves Trail from East Lincoln Avenue to Frontera Street.

“These grants provide Los Angeles with the opportunity and capital to deliver organized, safe, beautiful streets along with healthier transportation options to Angelenos,” said Seleta J. Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

City News Service

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