Walk Bike Glendale 2014 Steering Committee Nominations

CW_Mar112013-291Are you interested in making Glendale a safer place to walk and bicycle?

Are you interested in planning fun events, running outreach campaigns, teaching bicycle skills or just being awesome?

If so, Walk Bike Glendale wants you to join our steering committee!!!

Nominations for our 2014 steering committee will be held:

Monday November 4th at 7:00 (during our monthly steering committee meeting)

Glendale Arts Community Room ,First floor of the Orange Parking Garage, 118 W. California Ave.

Please bring 3-4 sentences on why you think you would make a good addition to our leadership team and review our chapter rules to familiarize yourself with the requirements for joining the steering committee. 

International Walk to School Day October 9th!

2013 Walk to School DayLooking for a healthy way to start the day?  Jump-start your morning by walking to school with students, parents, community leaders and volunteers!   Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 9th, 2013.   International Walk-to-School Day is an annual event to encourage and support children walking to school.   Walking to school on October 9th is a great way to be a part of a global event and to promote health, to identify safer routes for walking and to improve air quality.

The City of Glendale, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Council PTA and WALK BIKE GLENDALE are sponsoring this fun and healthy day!     We would love for our local service organizations to also support this important effort!

Volunteers are needed to help with planning, day of event logistics and to lead/accompany “walking school buses”.

For more information, please contact Kara Sergile at kara.@kwsconsult.com or 818-424-3228.

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

 

2013 Glendale Bike and Ped Count

gd_ped+bikeIn 2009 and 2010 Glendale counted bicycles and pedestrians at 27 intersections.  Have we seen an increase in commuting by bicycling or walking since?

Its time to dust off our clipboards, remind ourselves how to use tally marks, and invite everyone to participate in a data collection endeavor. Walk Bike Glendale presents the 2013 Glendale Bicycle and Pedestrian Count!  We need hundreds of volunteer shifts covered and we hope you can help.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. Sign Up to Volunteer – you’ll need to sign up for training and a count shift…

  1. Choose a location on this map
  2. Log in to Volunteer Spot 
  3. Register for a training and your count shift(s)

a) training

We’ve changed the method for data collection for this count, so all volunteers are required to attend an orientation, even if you’ve done bike & ped counts with us in the past.  Both orientations will be the same – just sign up for the one most convenient for you.

  • Monday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.*
  • Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.*

*Both meetings at the same location
Glendale Municipal Services Building
Room 105/106
633 E. Broadway, 91206

If you can’t make one of these trainings, please sign up for a shift and review the following materials prior to the count shift:

  1. 2013 Bicycle County Instructions
  2. 2013 Bicycle Count Forms (Please print double sided to save paper)

b) a count shift!

We have 65 locations in Glendale and there are three counts times for each one (use this map to find a location convenient for you).  That means we need 100+ volunteers to make sure that people on bikes and people on foot are getting counted. Most locations only require 1 volunteer, so shifts will fill up fast.  Sign up soon to get the location and time you want!

Count dates are:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (only 2 locations near schools)
  • Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2. Spread the Word.

Share this post with your friends and encourage them to join in on the bike and ped count fun!

3. Donate to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count.

It takes time, energy, and resources to make the bicycle and pedestrian count happen! It costs roughly $25 to fund a count location, and we have over 65 locations this year. Make a donation to Walk Bike Glendale for a donation that really goes a long way and counts.

Get your data collection on, and remember that who gets counted counts!

Phase 1 of the Bicycle Transportation Plan moves to Council!

GlendaleBikePlanFinalDraft_Cover

UPDATE (8/6/13): The item was pulled from the City Council agenda due to interest in pursuing different improvements along Chevy Chase. We will keep you posted about the developments and how this can move forward.

This Tuesday at at 6:00 pm, Phase 1 of the Bicycle Transportation Plan will be voted on by the Glendale City Council.  We encourage anyone who supports improving bicycling in Glendale to attend this meeting and voice their support. The item is on the consent agenda and not expected to receive any opposition, but it is important for the City Council to be reminded that people bicycle in Glendale and that we support the improvements that are being made.

We offer the following talking points to anyone who is attending the meeting:

  • Support Phase 1 moving forward quickly.  While we would like Phase 1 to be more aggressive and provide separated facilities, we realize that a delay of this project would set back months of staff work.  Therefore if any modifications are made to the proposed Phase 1 improvements staff should move forward with the other projects without delay.
  • Where sharrows are installed along Broadway, Chevy Chase and Honolulu, they should be no further than 100 ft. apart.
  • Encourage the council to explore the inclusion of bike lanes on streets such as Honolulu and Chevy Chase in future phases of implementation.

If you have comments regarding the implementation of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, please send them to City Council or to Walk Bike Glendale.

Free Bicycle Safety Classes! Register Now!

Walk Bike Glendale is excited to partner with City of Glendale Community Services and Parks Dept., Metro and the Office of Traffic Safety to bring two bicycle safety classes to Glendale this September! If you or someone you know is new to bicycling or needs a refresher on the rules of the road please have them register ASAP.  Space is limited to 12 participants per class so they will fill up fast.

Street Cycling Skills (Register Here)SCSGlendale0913_WBG (2)

When:  Friday Sept. 6, 2013 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm & Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Pacific Community Center Glendale

Learn to ride your bike safely and confidently with traffic, on city and residential streets, or just about anywhere you could want to go on paved roads.  The Street Cycling Skills class is an 8-hour course that Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Metro are offering free to the public for the summer of 2013. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The class is taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The 8-hour course includes classroom instruction, a bicycle handling practice session, on-road riding, and a short exam at the end of class.

Bicycling on the Road  (Register Here) BotRGlendale091413_WBG (2)

When: Saturday Sept. 14, 2013  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Pacific Community Center Glendale

A shortened version of the “Street Cycling Skills” class, learn the basics of riding your bike safely and confidently with traffic on city and residential streets.  The “Bicycling on the Road: Need to Know” class is a 3-hour course that Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Metro is offering free to the public for the summer of 2013. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The class is taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The 3-hour course includes classroom instruction, a bicycle handling practice session, and on-road riding. Each class participant will receive a free helmet, front & rear lights, and educational materials.

For both Classes:

* Students must be 18 or older.
* Advance registration required.
* All students must bring a bicycle in good working condition.
* Students will receive a free helmet, bike lights, and educational materials.

Response to City Council Comments on Riverwalk Bridge

CW_Mar112013-300On July 12th the Glendale News-Press posted an article that outlined responses from Glendale City Council Members regarding Phase 3  of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk.  Phase 3 would include a bridge from the end of the existing Riverwalk across the LA River to the LA River Path and would provide residents of north Glendale with bicycle and pedestrian access to Grifith Park, the LA River Path, the Los Angeles Zoo and the Autry Museum.

The News-Press article was written in response to the construction of bridge called the North Atwater Crossing Project which has recently been approved by Los Angeles Board of Public Works. This bridge will be situated at the end of Chevy Chase Blvd.

The News-Press quotes both Ara Najarian and Dave Weaver as doubting the necessity of the Riverwalk bridge now that the Atwater bridge is moving forward. Walk Bike Glendale firmly believes that the Riverwalk bridge is a necessary link to the LA River Path for both commuter cyclists and recreational users and will improve the lives of residents in north Glendale.

In response to the comments from the two council members Walk Bike Glendale submitted a letter to the council voicing our support for moving forward with the project.  We strongly encourage our members to email the City Council and encourage them to continue progress on this important project.