The Orange County (OC) Loop is a vision for 66 miles of seamless connections and an opportunity for people to bike, walk and connect to some of California’s most scenic beaches and inland reaches. About 70% of the OC Loop is already in place and is used by thousands of people. Currently, nearly 46 miles use existing off-street trails along the San Gabriel River, Coyote Creek, Santa Ana River and the Coastal/Beach Trail.
See the Project Brochure.
The County of Orange, through a state grant, is working with communities to evaluate gap closure for Segments D, F, and H along the OC Loop. Refer to the status and upcoming meetings through the county website: http://ocparks.com/about/projects/oc_loop
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The OC Loop provides direct access to the following Orange County communities:
Improved Quality of LifeA major factor in improving quality of life is access to recreational opportunities and the ability to bike and walk in your neighborhood. The OC Loop serves about 650,000 Orange County residents and thousands of visitors every year seeking refuge from the traffic and noise of urban life. The OC Loop allows people to connect with their environment and see parts of Orange County that most people in their cars don’t often notice.
Expanded Transportation Options The OC Loop provides convenient paths to some of the area’s most popular destinations. It provides first and last mile connections to numerous bus stops and three Metrolink stations. The OC Loop is also another option for residents and visitors to visit local parks, beaches, schools and shopping areas without worrying about traffic and parking. With minimal stops and crossings, the OC Loop is also a viable commuting route to the many major employers in the area.
Safer Journey to Serve Ages 8 to 80Paths along the OC Loop attract and serve users of all ages and skill levels. The vast majority of people do not feel safe bicycling and walking on streets with high-speed car traffic. The OC Loop provides a low-stress bicycling and walking route that is suitable for people of all ages!
Stretching the Dollar Completing the OC Loop would turn underutilized, abandoned space along rivers and railroad right of way into a community amenity. Studies across the country have shown that trail projects are associated with growth of property values, increased retail spending, improved tax bases and attraction of new businesses. Within Orange County, the return in benefits to health, mobility, recreation and safety can be expected to exceed the cost of completing the OC Loop.
In June 2015, OCTA prepared a consolidated document that summarizes investment made into the OC Loop and the information about closing the gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile route.OC Loop 70/30 Plan
In March 2015, OC Parks prepared an engineering feasibility study to document current conditions, provide recommendations and cost estimates to close gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile OC Loop. Funding for the engineering feasibility study was provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
See this OC Parks website to access the engineering feasibility study.
In April 2008, Trails4All convened a planning team of advocates and consultants to prepare a feasibility assessment and implementation guide to expand the existing Coyote Creek bikeway and improve connections to the San Gabriel River Trail and other trail systems. Funding for the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan was provided by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) through a Proposition 40 grant award.
See this RMC website to access the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan.
Paul Martin, PE, TEActive Transportation CoordinatorOrange County Transportation Authoritypmartin@octa.net714.560.5386
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