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Regional Connectivity Loops

The LA River has the potential to serve as an armature for regional active transit and recreation networks.

The loops combine different types of trails–multiuse trails and class I, II, and IV bike paths–but, through coordination, would ideally be unified by on-the-ground features that could include pedestrian, cyclist, and equestrian infrastructure. Existing multiuse trails and class I bikeways have been prioritized where possible. As drawn, the loops unify over 300 miles of trail, envisioning a robust system that reaches far beyond the LA River corridor.

Regional Connectivity Loops
LA County Map. Map of connectivity loops at watershed scale
These conceptual regional connectivity loops, anchored by the LA River and its tributaries, consist primarily of existing and proposed bikeways and multiuse trails.
OLIN, based on LA County GIS Data Portal, Countywide Multiuse Trails, 2019; LA County GIS Data Portal, Bike Ways, 2017; LA Metro Active Transportation Strategic Plan, 2016.
Name Length
Basin Loop 60 miles
Lost River Loop 45 miles
Palos Verdes Loop 36 miles
Marina Loop 30 miles
Waterways Loop 30 miles
Highlands Loop 29 miles
Rio Hondo Loop 28 miles
Rail-to-River Loop 26 miles
Valley Loop 22 miles
Emerald Necklace Loop 17 miles
Reservoir Loop 15 miles

Regional connectivity loops vary from 15 to 60 miles in length.
OLIN, 2020.

Connectivity Analysis

The LA River Technical Backup Document (Appendix Volume II) outline analysis of regional connectivity. Three scales of connectivity are considered. At the regional scale, proposed connections take the form of countywide active transit loops that build upon major trails and bikeways.

LA County Map
Technical Back-up Document: Regional Connectivity Analysis
OLIN, 2020.
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