Santa Ana Neighbors Launch Online Petition to Complete Santiago Creek Bike Trail

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Neighbors in Santa Ana’s Santiago Park who support the completion of a bike trial have launched an online petition to apply pressure for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and the Santa Ana city council to finish the bike path. 

Bruce Bauer, a Santa Ana resident and a member of the Santiago Greenway Alliance, and other members of the organization have sent links to the online petition with an appeal for support from all citizens in Orange County.  While the unpaved section of the bike path along the creek is in Santa Ana, this is more than a city-wide issue but is instead a county-wide issue because the idea of the bike path from the mountains to the sea traverses several cities in OC. The community group , the Santiago Greenway Alliance, is trying to apply some pressure on city leaders to have the city finish the bike path.

“For decades it has been a goal to establish a continuous bike trail from Santiago Oaks Park to connect with the Santa Ana River Trail in the city of Santa Ana, a distance of 9.7 trail miles.” said Bauer. “With the recent completion of 8.5 trail miles by the city of Orange, this is one section needed to complete the entire trail located in Santa Ana. This ’missing link’ is the quarter-mile gap located in Santa Ana, in the Santiago Creek, between the I-5 Freeway and Fisher Park.

He added, “This area, currently a repository for trash and graffiti as well as a haven for vagrancy, is very difficult to monitor and police. A paved bike trail will remedy much of this by providing public use and police access in addition to completing this important regional trail.    This goal has much broader implications since it would connect two National Recreation Trails (Mountains to Sea Trail and the Santa Ana River Trail). ”

The entire City Council of Orange and its mayor supported the trail in their City (and it was almost nine miles), and the group is having trouble getting a ¼ mile approved in Santa Ana. 

Bauer’s pitch asks for support within and outside the city of Santa Ana.  “It’ll just take a minute!   Also, you can have others sign it in your household, spouses, etc.   You don’t have to be a resident of Santa Ana to support this idea,” he said.   

 The online petition can be signed by clicking here.

  11 comments for “Santa Ana Neighbors Launch Online Petition to Complete Santiago Creek Bike Trail

  1. Don Cribb
    December 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Great! Good luck! I’ll be right there to
    support this long overdue work! Santa Ana
    has begun to take the bicycle more seriously
    as evidenced by their “complete streets”
    symposium held recently.

  2. Park pervs
    December 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Has Pedroza tried to shake these neighbors down for money for web services yet?

  3. cook
    December 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “With the recent completion of 8.5 trail miles by the city of Orange,”

    I rode down the river trail to Tustin Ave to try out the new trail and it is still closed.

    • Mark Lindsey
      December 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      It will open either late in December or in January (finishing the pedestrian/bike bridges and some railing). It looks awesome.

      • cook
        December 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        Thanks for the infomation, from what I could see it is going to be a good ride.

        The City of Orange web site is crap, I could not find anything on it.

  4. Mark Lindsey
    December 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    The “inclusive needs of the many” to be a connected community outweigh the “exclusive desires of a few” to keep the county creek private to themselves.

    Click on the Petition. Important since the City is exploring the feasability of fencing off the creek. We do not fence off the beaches to keep it private of Ocean View Homeowners. The same access should apply to this beautiful creek.

  5. December 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Santa Ana does not have the money to complete the quarter-mile of bike trail.
    However, Santa Ana does have the money, ($2,750 annually), to be a member of the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, is a non-governmental organization, (NGO), that is tasked with carrying out the goals of Agenda 21.

    http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com

    ICLEI Member List
    http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list

    ICLEI Membership Costs
    http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=966%22

  6. Save Santiago Creek Alliance
    December 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    RESEARCH NOTICE:
    The pro bike trail advocates falsely claim that the bike trail will reduce crime along the Santiago Creek. No research evidence was presented to make such a claim. “The existence of the trail has had little, if any, effect on crime and vandalism experienced by adjacent property owners” (Zarker, G., Bourey, J., Puncochar, B., and Lagerway, P. Evaluation of the Burke-Gilman Trail’s Effect on Property Values and Crime. Seattle Engineering Department. May, 1987, p. 3). No studies have found any decrease in crime by building a bike trail. In fact, a bike trail will increase pedestrian traffic since pedestrians outnumber bicyclists on pathways 75% to 20% (Ragland, David R., Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTrec), Jones, Michael G., Alta Planning. Prepared for Caltrans, February 2010).

  7. cook
    December 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Very good information.
    ……..
    “The existence of the trail has had little, if any, effect on crime and vandalism experienced by adjacent property owners”

    “No studies have found any decrease in crime by building a bike trail. In fact, a bike trail will increase pedestrian traffic”
    ………..
    The studies show no increase in crimes and offer people a healthier life style by affording safe places to walk and jog. So these studies show the false excuse used by the 7 that completion of this trail will degrade their lives and increase crimes is totally untrue.

  8. Mark Lindsey
    December 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Folks, there are plent of studies to show in improves safety, health, and connects a community. Below links covering a study of 372 trails is proof.

    http://www.greenway.org/pdf/la_bikepath_safety.pdf

    It is a study of 372 trails! The opposition might find a “one-off” antecdotal story, but this is a thorough case study of 372 such trails (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/docs/rt_safecomm.pdf.) It is also cited by

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (http://www.greenway.org/pdf/la_bikepath_safety.pdf ).
    Also, we have the voice of our esteemed OC Sheriff.

    OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was the guest speaker at the “Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance” Dinner mtg on Dec 5, 2011 along with Supervisor Bill Campbell and the City of Orange Council. The Sheriff stated that creeks can be made safer through “Environmental Design” such as placing in paved trails to provide more law abiding public access (the majority of citizens) and also access for city agencies (Park Staff, Police, Fire). She stated that this has worked for the other bike trails on creeks throughout the county.

  9. Commuter
    December 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What route is available around this trail?
    Following the law, a cyclist must cross Broadway, proceed up to 19th St to turn into floral park, before then turning back around and heading to Fisher Park. This is a 1.8 mile detour! Pedestrians may be able to cut it shorter, but a resident put large plants blocking the walkway into the neighborhood right at Santa Clara and Broadway.

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