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Garden Grove Active Transportation Program

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Medal of Honor Bike and Pedestrian Trail

In 2015, the City was awarded approximately $1.8 million for the bike and pedestrian path project called “The First Mile.” On June 9, 2020, the Garden Grove City Council approved the official naming of the trail as the “Medal of Honor Bike and Pedestrian Trail” in honor of Garden Grove’s Medal of Honor recipients.

The project is part of the Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2 Grant. To date, the City has completed all four phases of the project which includes the engineering design, environmental study, Right-of-Way (ROW) certification, and construction.

The construction of the trail was a continuation of a bicycle pilot project that was previously constructed from Nelson Street to Stanford Avenue. The extension continues the trail from Stanford Avenue to Brookhurst Street, which results in a one-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail. The construction phase included a 12-foot wide bi-directional bike path made from asphalt concrete pavement and an 8-foot wide pedestrian walkway made from decomposed granite.

In 2020, the City began developing a 40-year Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) to act as a guide for maintaining, enhancing, and growing an urban forest in Garden Grove, starting with the Medal of Honor Bike and Pedestrian Trail. The plan included an improvement project consisting of the installation of new irrigation, landscaping, and planting 363 trees along the bike and pedestrian trail. For more information about the UFMP, visit

Gallery - Medal of Honor Bike and Pedestrian Trail

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BikeSafe Garden Grove

The City was awarded $74,000 in 2017 for the fifth phase of the bike and pedestrian path project which is the non-infrastructure component.

Funded by the Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2 Grant, the BikeSafe Garden Grove program aims to conduct education and encourage healthy lifestyle activities at various elementary and intermediate schools in Garden Grove, including parks, low-income neighborhoods, community events, churches, and other bike- and pedestrian-friendly sites.

In collaboration with the Garden Grove Police Department, activities and events include bike rodeos, National Bike to School Day, National Walk to School Day, Open Streets, and Safe Moves City bicycle and traffic hazard training using hands-on exhibits.

In 2020, the City received authorization to proceed with the project and planned for events to take place from March 2020 through June 2020. Due to COVID-19, all outreach programs including a bike trailer with bike repair workshops were cancelled. The City submitted a request for a 1-year extension to develop new outreach events that follow state and county guidelines.

Links to Garden Grove Active Transportation Program Goals and Activities