CV Link historyOver a decade and a half, I have watched with hope—and frustration—the developing plans for a regional bikeway in the Coachella Valley.
- In 2002, in response to growing demand by cyclists, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) prepared a non-motorized transportation plan for the Coachella Valley. This plan proposed a grid of Class II and III bike trails and sidewalk trails that would connect to the proposed Whitewater River Trail and All American Canal Trail. In the CVAG plan, the Whitewater River Trail served as the spine of the bikeway system, as well as providing a recreational trail for walkers and, potentially, equestrians.
- The County of Riverside Department of Public Health, in collaboration with several trails and bicycle groups, identified and developed the Coachella Valley Urban Trails and Bikeways Map of safe routes for riders and hikers in the Coachella Valley.
- Whitewater River/Parkway 1e11 NEV/Bike/Pedestrian Corridor Preliminary Study Report also in early 2012, and "Parkway 1e1 1 FAQ" in late 2013, I felt that the planning had progressed toward actual routing.
- CV/Link Conceptual Master Plan in January 2016, I felt that waiting a year or so for a valley-wide, multi-use trail would seem to be a short time.
Rancho MirageHowever, the Rancho Mirage city commission has now carried out a long campaign to slow down implementation, object to any proposed routing through their community, fret about whether arranged funding is legal, and quibble about the costs to maintain and operate the facilities. They have sought to obstruct the CV Link by asking for city-wide votes on the project, when never have they placed other transportation issues before their voters. For that matter, the city erected a new library ($16.6 million), developed a park and amphitheater complex ($3.9 million to $4.2 million), built a new high school ($100 million), opened a dog park ($1.75 million), and planned an astronomy observatory ($1.7 million) without placing those expenditures to a vote. (Total: almost $124 million.)
Over the last year, the Rancho Mirage city commissioners have sought to sow discord in the Coachella Valley Association of Governments and to incite obstruction similar to theirs in other cities. At this point, they have been successful in this effort in only one other constituent of CVAG, the City of Indian Wells.
Cathedral CityIt is happening. Cathedral City will break ground on the first segment in Fall 2016. Granted, this is to construct "only" the first 1.5 miles from Vista Chino to Ramon. The agreement between Palm Springs and Cathedral City has been drafted, revised, and signed. Other segments are being fleshed out and application of funding is being specified.
I have recently moved here from Dayton Ohio, which is host to a dedicated network of multi-use paths that serves over 30 communities and 9 counties. Extended paths connect (or nearly so) to Columbus and Cincinnati.
The devleopment of the 350-mile network did not happen overnight. It wasn't even planned at first to be more than a few miles. Instead, it grew from an initial 7-mile loop that followed the river through the Dayton downtown. That start was in 1996. It was only a few years ago that some stick-in-the-mud communities accepted the need of providing a bikeway within their city limits to connect to bikeways that existed in cities on either side. The current naysayers of Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells will not have eternal control of the cities' development.
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