The project area is the 8-mile gap in the Los Angeles River Bike Path. The northern and southern limits of the project area are the terminus of the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail at Riverside Drive, and Atlantic Blvd where the Los Angeles River Bike Path begins in Vernon. Many of the neighborhoods in the area surrounding the project corridor are predominately industrial in nature with high volumes of truck traffic, deteriorated roadways, a lack of sidewalks and street lighting, and at-grade rail crossings. Additionally, there are freight and passenger train movements on tracks adjacent to the River along several segments of the corridor, which inhibit local mobility.
There is a population of over 200,000 people within three miles of the project area. The area qualifies as a disadvantaged community based on the median household income. People in these neighborhoods routinely walk or use a bike as their primary means of transportation.