On Monday July 10th, Yesenia Campos and Elizabeth Martinez of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, hosted a Regional Active Transportation Plan Meeting, inviting community members to come and input their recommendations on the local biking infrastructure, and what kinds of transit changes they would like to see in their community. The Kern Regional Active Transportation Plan is a regional planning effort led by the Kern Council of Governments to enhance walking, bicycling and transit access throughout Kern County. Working with local, regional and statewide partner agencies and organizations, Kern COG aims to develop a suite of project and program recommendations to make walking, bicycling, and transit integral parts of daily life for residents and visitors alike.
The foundation collaborated with a plethora of groups such as, Bike Bakersfield, Leadership Council, Assembly Member Rudy Salas, California Walks and the City of Arvin to forge this meeting, and encourage local community members to voice their vision for a community welcoming to fitness and practical transit. A vision that is a step towards improving overall quality of life in the communities of Arvin. The Arvin branch of “Cultiva La Salud” gave several great inputs; James Guzman, captain of the committee, suggested a bike path South or East of Arvin as well as, Monserrat Rodriguez, member of committee, giving an input on the street lights needed in Arvin and Flashing lights when crossing certain streets in Arvin. DHF hopes to have such
productive meetings in the future, where we can bring active transportation to communities all over through the help of the people!