Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
The Bikeway Master Plan is necessary for the city to receive certain types of grant assistance from the state in order to develop its bike routes.
The plan also will help staff in their efforts to eliminate hazardous conditions on existing bikeways and provide new routes to encourage cycling.
Officials are close to completing design work on the first phase of the city's part of the Pacific Electric Trail, a 21-mile regional biking and walking trail that stretches to Claremont along the old Pacific Electric Railway.
The initial segment runs from Maple to Cactus avenues.
Although there isn't yet a target date for construction, officials have approved a grant application for up to $700,000 through the Department of Transportation's Bicycle Transportation Account to construct the segment.
Eventually the entirety of the path here will stretch to the city's eastern edge.
But that may be years away, said Ahmad Ansari, public works director.
"There is some difficulty with the path (because) of some business relocation," he said.
But the timing of the bikeway plan has been good for city staffers, because that work has coincided with efforts to update the city's General Plan, Ansari said.
Other cities along the trail have either completed their portions or expect to do so next year.
The council meets in open session at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 150 S. Palm Ave.