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New bike path connects the San Gabriel River Bike Trail to Metro

Another mile of pavement has been laid for bikers in east Los Angeles County.

The county on Thursday opened the Emerald Necklace Gateway, a new stretch of bike path connecting Metro’s Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail.

That 28-mile trail offers a nice ride, running from the upper part of San Gabriel Valley all the way to Seal Beach. The new path might make it a little easier for cyclists from other parts of the county to enjoy it without having to load up their bikes and drive.

“It’s just one of the ways that the county is working to get residents out of their cars and using trans-modal transportation — so public transportation, walking, getting on their bikes and enjoying the outdoors,” Kerjon Lee, public affairs manager for L.A. County Public Works, told KPCC.

The new path is part of the county’s bicycle master plan, but the idea originated with the city of Duarte, according to Lee.

City leaders asked the county for help accessing grant money, and Metro agreed to pony up $400,000 back in 2007. The final cost came to $1 million, Lee said.

Below is a map showing where the new pathway is:

A map of the Emerald Necklace Gateway in Duarte.
Courtesy L.A. Department of Public Works/Google Maps
A map of the Emerald Necklace Gateway in Duarte.

You can a larger map of the path, along with the rest of the 175 miles of bikeway currently maintained by Public Works, at the department’s website