The Walk Bike Glendale family is deeply saddened by the death of 13-year-old Jonathan Hernandez who was struck by a school bus while riding his bicycle through the intersection of Riverdale and Columbus on Thursday afternoon. Our sincere condolences go out to Jonathan’s family and friends and his teachers and classmates at Roosevelt Middle School.
Preventable deaths like these are especially tragic when they involve a child. Glendale averages approximately 100 pedestrian and 50 bicycle collisions with automobiles each year that result in injuries and fatalities. In recent years, the city of Glendale has made progress on making our streets more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, but deaths like Jonathan’s remind us that more can be done.
Along with supporting the Hernandez family, Walk Bike Glendale asks all Glendale community members to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety education, as well as street improvements, as key strategies to improving safety and reducing collisions for everyone.
Bicycle collisions can be prevented by learning and following the rules of the road, which include but are not limited to:
- Riding on the street, and with the flow of traffic
- Children riding on sidewalks should yield to pedestrians and vehicles
- Obeying all signs, street markings and signals
- Looking both ways and yielding to cross-traffic before crossing intersections
- Wearing a bicycle helmet, which is mandated by law for children under the age of 18
As a regional chapter of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, Walk Bike Glendale members are available as a resource to the community to educate about bike and pedestrian safety. Upcoming opportunities to learn more about bike safety include:
Bike-to-School Day events with safety overviews:
- May 8 – R.D. White Elementary
- May 15 – Thomas Jefferson Elementary
- May 17 – Columbus Elementary
Bicycle Skills Safety Rodeo:
- May 18 – 10:00-2:00 – RD White Elementary School – Open to the public
- May 19 – 8:00-12:00 – Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride
Additionally you can download the LA County Bike Coalition’s “Pocket Safety Guide.” This is an easy to read education tool in English and Spanish meant to be shared widely. For more information on bicycle safety, visit the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition resources page.
Dust off that bicycle of yours and get ready to ride it to work for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 16th. To make the trip extra convenient for you, the City of Glendale, along with Walk Bike Glendale and Glendale Community College, will distribute refreshments and other goodies to bicyclists going to work at select pitstops throughout Glendale. The location of each pitstop is listed below.
Corner of Flower St./Sonora Ave.
Glendale, CA 91201
City of Glendale City Hall
613 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91206
Glendale Community College Police Department
1500 N. Verdugo Road (cross street- Campus Way) (in Lot F)
Glendale, CA 91208
On Saturday, April 6th Walk Bike Glendale and Mayor Frank Quintero took a leisurely ride through southern Glendale to admire the work the City has been doing to make Glendale a more livable and economically vibrant place.
Join Walk Bike Glendale and the Glendale Noon Rotary Club to raise money for low-income and homeless children and adults served by Ascencia, Glendale Healthy Kids and Glendale Salvation Army. This event is a great opportunity to get on your bike while helping raise needed dollars for a great cause!
Event Description: (Register Now!)
The Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride will combine two great rides, a bicycle safety skills course, music, food, and tons of other activities!
Gear Grinder Route: This is for experienced riders who want a hill climbing challenge. Not for the light of heart!
- Great views, steep climbs.
- 33 miles 2,600 ft of elevation gain.
- $35 early registration/$40 day of
Ride and Glide: This is our route for families and less experienced riders who want to cruise the streets of Glendale.
- Mild slopes and easy cruising
- 7 miles
- $15 early registration/$20 day of
FREE Bicycle Skills and Safety Course: Our experienced certified bicycle safety instructors will teach your children the rules of the road and bicycle handling skills.
- 8:00 AM-12:00 AM
- Signaling, starting and stopping, and hazard avoidance
- Helmet fitting
- ABC Quick Check
Team Sign Ups: Want to ride with friends or coworkers as a team? Team sign ups are available for groups who want to ride together and support a great cause.
As you know, Walk Bike Glendale has been working hard over the past year to make Glendale a safer place to walk and bike. We have met repeatedly with our elected officials, worked with city staff and even hit the streets to work directly with the public.
Since our City Council plays such an important role in approving improvements to our city streets, we thought we would ask the 12 candidates for City Council to go on the record regarding biking and walking. We asked them a combination of fun questions about their own experiences and how they would work to improve specific programs like Safe Routes to School, pedestrian safety for the elderly and reduce the number of bicycle related injuries and deaths on our roads.
Walk Bike Glendale does not support any particular candidate, we are a 501 (c) (3) and the answers to these survey questions are provided on a voluntary basis. Several candidates have not yet responded, but we will add any additions as they come in so check back regularly. Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.