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  © Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Programs such as a bike camp and community bike ride have helped get local kids out
and active on bicycles.

Project Information

Trail links
Lario Trail
San Gabriel River Trail

New Bikes Open Up a New World for Kids in El Monte, Calif.

El Monte Community Ride Celebrates Trails and Healthy Living

California Community Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park

Steve Schweigerdt
Trail Development Manager
Western Regional Office


Emerald Necklace Trail's RX for Health
Years: 2010 to present

This project is part of RTC's Metropolitan Grants Program. Learn more about this work.

El Monte, Calif.

El Monte Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department; Healthy El Monte; Amigos de Los Rios; bikeSGV; Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition; Kids Campus Youth Center

Project Deleverables
Trail guides, event programming on Emerald Necklace Trails, formation of activity clubs centered on trail use

Project Description
Walking clubs, bike clubs and trail care clubs—great ways to get active on trails with friends and family! Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is partnering with schools, health providers and after-school programs to get El Monte children healthy and active. Working with community partners Amigos de los Rios, the city of El Monte and Kids Campus, we offer an action-packed calendar of activities promoted through community news, mailings and online to the 300 participants who have signed up for the program. Recent events have included the El Monte Community Bike Ride in September 2011 that drew 250 cyclists, and an outing to Eaton Canyon for a hike that brought out 70 walkers for their first visit to the nature park.

RTC has organized a steering committee of residents and organizations that plans the activities, selects prizes and helps with event logistics. Support for the program comes from California Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente's Baldwin Park Medical Center.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037