In 2014, Temple City completed the Rosemead Boulevard project which included the installation of a Class II protected bicycle lane. In 2015, Temple City installed a Class II bicycle lane on El Monte Ave. and several miles of Class III bicycle routes and bicycle "boulevards" on streets throughout the City. These projects help to implement the City's Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by the City Council in 2011.
In response to questions from the community about how to use the new bike lanes and routes, staff gave a presentation to the City Council on January 5, 2016 explaining the difference between bicycle lanes, routes, and boulevards, and how motorists and bicyclists should use these streets.
The most important thing for motorists and bicyclists to remember is that roadways are not for just cars or bicycles - they are for both to share. It is the responsibility of motorists to share the road with bicycles and provide a safe environment for bicyclists. Under state law, motorists must maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from all bicycles. Similarly, it is the responsibility of bicyclists to share the road with motorists, be courteous, and not unnecessarily obstruct traffic or block travel lanes.
For more information about bicycle safety, please visit the following web sites:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bicycle Services
Safe Kids Worldwide
California Bicycle Coalition