2016 Year in Review

Welcome to all who were first-time attendees to our events, congratulations to returning attendees, and a big thank you to our committed core volunteer base. If you’re considering your plans for 2017, know that YOU are the key to Walk Bike Glendale’s continued leadership. Our mission of making our community a place where everyone feels safe to walk and bike needs support from YOU. We value community input and are happy to introduce new members to the process of event promotion and realization. Stay tuned for a big Member & Volunteer drive in Spring 2017.

In 2016, we continued our tradition of “Responsible Road Rides” with a 45-mile ride to the Encino Reservoir in January. We also had a series of three “Women’s Training Rides” in February, March, and April of 12, 15, and 19-miles, respectively. We plan to continue the tradition of women-specific beginner rides in the upcoming year. Our first one is scheduled for JANUARY 29, 2017.

A night ride in February, the Two River Tour, provided 23-miles and included the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles River Bike Paths. Members of our steering committee also previewed the Los Angeles Marathon Course before the start of the foot-race. Night rides are a time to remember that lights are required by law. We hosted an Operation Firefly also in February.

Four CicLAvia feeder rides in 2016 escorted Glendale residents safely and car-free to The Valley, Southeast Cities, Iconic Wilshire and the Heart of LA. We’re so excited that CicLAvia is finally coming to Glendale Meets Atwater (JUNE 11, 2017). Mark your calendars for this landmark event! Contact walkbikeglendale@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering with us!

We hiked the Verdugos twice in 2016. In April we made it a family-friendly 3-mile round-trip. In October we reached the saddle point between Glendale and Burbank, 8-miles round-trip. It was fantastic to partner with Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation, the group that hosts the Verdugo Mountains 10k. Mark your calendars for this year’s Trail Run and Hike (MAY 7, 2017).

In other off-road news, we partnered with SoCalCross to support their Turkey Trot at Verdugo Park. Despite rain, there was a beginner’s clinic and a first timer race before the youth and masters categories in the morning. Kids biked and dogs ran the off-road course in the afternoon. If you want to know more about cyclocross, see here. The Glendale Turkey Trot Cross is an annual event on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

Family rides in 2016 occurred in April and December. In the spring, dozens of Glendale residents made 2.5-mile loops around Fremont Park. For our Holiday Bike Ride, we partnered with #LACBCFamily to usher a group from Nibley Park to the Maryland Paseo for free hot cocoa at Gaucho’s Village. In case you missed it, we will definitely repeat the Holiday Bike Ride in 2017.

Educating Glendale residents on how to safely commute to work using a bicycle and public transportation was the focus of our Commuter Workshops during May (Bike Month) of 2016. Metro sponsored this series of two classroom workshops and two on-bike training rides that incorporated the Metrolink (commuter rail) and Metro (light rail) trains.

In terms of infrastructure achievements, 2016 marked the unveiling of green bike lanes on Sonora Ave for 1.3-miles from Garden Street to Glenoaks Boulevard, connecting to existing bicycle infrastructure. This upgrade was funded by Measure R. We celebrated the passage of Measure M in November 2016, which promises to bring more improvements to bikeways and pedestrian walkways here in Glendale and throughout Los Angeles County.

The South Glendale Community Plan was evaluated in July of 2016. You may have noticed the construction effecting our City Center and surrounding neighborhoods, and the City’s plan estimates approximately 10% growth in residential units over the next 24 years. In October, Steering Committee members participated in a “Walkabout” Walking Tour/Audit of South Glendale Avenue together with the Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Committee.

We know that biking and walking to avoid short car trips helps alleviate the stress that urban development will place on our parking and roadways. You can join Walk Bike Glendale steering committee members in the Billion Step Challenge. See how many of the temporary way-finding signs you can spot while walking or biking around our Jewel City!

2017 Women’s Ride #1

Come out to start your 2017 riding habit!

Sunday, January 29 at 1 PM – 4 PM

 Meet at Verdugo Park 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale, California 91208

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Next week’s ride features flat to rolling hills, 20 miles, no-drop.  We will regroup as needed with ride leaders at front and back.  Rain cancels.

What to bring:

1) Multi-speed bike in good working condition; tires inflated to proper pressure (we can help with this at the start)

2) Clothing appropriate for weather and biking

3) Water bottle

4) Sunscreen as needed

5) Snack such as energy bar, dried fruit, or nuts

6) Helmet highly recommended

Our route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18637019

Tell your friends!  Women of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Holiday Bike Ride

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It’s that jolly time of year again, time to decorate your bike with lights and ride with us through the streets of Glendale.  Mark your calendar for the evening of Sunday, December 18th.  Haven’t you ever wanted to get a peek at all the holiday lights from behind your handlebars?

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Growing up in snowy Omaha, Nebraska, I used to get bundled up in snowpants and a parka to drive around with my family looking at holiday lights.  We would sing to the tunes on our favorite holiday cassette tape, while oohing and aahing at the decorations in “big house land.”  I remember having to be careful not to fog up the car windows by pressing my face too close to the glass while singing carols merrily.

I moved to California to avoid the cold and snowy winter.  Now, I can pull on a light jacket and ride through the quiet streets of the Rossmoyne neighborhood on a bicycle with a friendly all-ages group large enough to fill a schoolbus  There’s no cold window between me and the holiday lights, unless you count my glasses!  Somebody always brings a music player with speakers to share some holiday music.  This event makes me see our neighborhood through a child’s eyes, taking me back to some of the happiest times in my life.

We meet up at 5:30pm at Nibley Park (1103 E Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91207) which has restrooms and picnic tables.  Everyone signs a waiver, we have special waivers for riders under the age of 18.  We cover the “rules of the road” since this entire ride is on the streets.  Riders self-sort into a “slow” group and a “slower” group, there’s no first place in this event!  We aim to tour the holiday displays safely and with plenty of time to enjoy the variety.  We will roll out at 6:00pm sharp, so don’t be late!

By law, we need young people (under 18) in helmets.  We will ride down to Gaucho’s Village and the Maryland Paseo for FREE hot chocolate.  Prizes will be awarded for “safest and brightest bike” and for answering questions about “safe night riding.”  Kids younger than 8 years of age should be able to ride 6 miles or be on a safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.  Our route is posted here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17669774  The ride (including a hot cocoa stop) takes about 2.5 hours, finishing around 8:30pm at the origin (Nibley Park).

This year, we will be joined by families from throughout Los Angeles County as a part of #LACBCfamily where you will be sure to make some new friends.  Everyone is welcome!  I hope to meet you there.

~Kayla A. Kaiser
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VOTE YES ON M

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What is Measure M?

http://www.la-bike.org/measurem

Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,”  is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give LA County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

LACBC and chapters will #VoteYesonM and actively promote Measure M until Election Day November 8th.

Measure M will #makeLACountyLivable .

 

Bikeable

Measure M will take LA County to the next level of bicycle infrastructure. For example, bicycling from the Valley to Long Beach on the Los Angeles River will finally be made possible, by connecting through the downtown section of the Los Angeles River from the Elysian Valley to Maywood.

Livable

With Measure M, communities will become more livable with better amenities for people who walk and bike. With sustainable local funding, cities will be able to make streets safer for all people who want to age, live, work and play in place. More livable communities means better quality of life for you and everyone you love.

Connected

Not only will Measure M further connect LA County by expanding our rail network, but it will link communities to each other. You will have more reliable and efficient options to get to the people and places that matter. Measure M will bring LA county together.

 #makeLACounty #VoteYesonM


  • YES on Measure M (Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan) – LACBC supports Measure M because it’ll make LA County more bikeable, livable and connected through dedicated active transportation money.

  • YES on Measure A (Parks for All) – LACBC supports Measure A because it will bring safe, clean neighborhood parks and green spaces for people to play and ride throughout LA County

  • YES on Proposition HHH (Help House the Homeless) – LACBC supports Proposition HHH because we work hard to protect all people who ride, including those without homes.

  • YES on Proposition JJJ (Build Better LA) – LACBC supports Proposition JJJ because we want affordable housing built by the local workers who already, live, play in ride in our communities.

Brand Park Hike

Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8AM to 11AM for our Brand Park Hike co-hosted by the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation and Walk Bike Glendale! The event is FREE and open to the public. The hike will be family friendly and you will be able to hike at your own pace. Meet at the Doctors House in Brand Park at 8AM.

Questions? Email Info@GlendaleParksFoundation.org

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Glendale Feeder Ride to CicLAvia

ciclavia wilshire 2016Walk Bike Glendale will lead a group from the Glendale Transportation Center (Metrolink) to downtown LA for the open street event, CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Blvd, onSunday, August 14, 2016. The route features a short segment of the LA River Trail, a winding downhill along the Silverlake Reservoir, and bike lanes on Sunset and Rampart Blvds.http://www.ciclavia.org/

When: Sunday August 14
Time: Meet 8:30am leave 9:00am
Where: Glendale Transportation Center (Glendale Metrolink Station)
400 W Cerritos Ave, Glendale, California 91204
Facebook Event Link

An example of the route can be found here MAP

More Details
CicLAvia heads back to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on August 14 as Koreatown, MacArthur Park, and Downtown Los Angeles will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

More info: http://www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia_wilshire16

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for August 14:

-CicLAvia is FREE!
-CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
-CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
-CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic.

Four FREE Workshops in May

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We are pleased to announce a workshop series just in time for Bike Month (May) and Bike to Work Day (May 19th, 2016).  Two classroom workshops will be held in the week preceeding Bike to Work Week (May 16-20).

You have two chances to interact with bicycle commuters (Tuesday, May 10 or Thursday, May 12).   The content of the classroom workshops will be identical, so choose only one because classroom space is limited. Please RSVP via email to walkbikeglendale@gmail.com.

Following the classroom workshops, we are hosting two bike rides.  The first bike ride (Sunday, May 15) will be a feeder ride to CicLAvia.  The second bike ride (Saturday, May 21) will pass through Los Angeles to North Hollywood and back to Glendale.

The total distance of each bike ride is 30-45 miles of which only 10-15 miles is actual bicycle riding.  Metrolink (commuter rail) and Metro (light rail) trains will help us cover the remaining 20-30 miles.  Bikecar101 will pay for tickets for all transit riders.  We can accommodate larger groups for the bike rides, and because they are unique you can definitely join us for both bike rides, but please let us know if you will be there.

These educational events are FREE so please mark your calendars~!  Participants who RSVP will also receive a free Bikecar101 T-shirt.

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Commuter Workshop Class #1 = Tuesday, May 10 from 7-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1002405029796451/

Commuter Workshop Class #2 = Thursday, May 12 from 7-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/584312521744875/

Commuter Workshop Ride #1 = Sunday, May 15 at 7:30am
https://www.facebook.com/events/1730956240481600/
Check out the map here!

Commuter Workshop Ride #2 = Saturday, May 21 at 10:00am
https://www.facebook.com/events/464855407056862/
Check out the map here!

Walk Bike Glendale 2015 Recap

The organization known as Walk Bike Glendale has a reputation in our community for supporting walking and biking for all ages and abilities by focusing on building partnerships with community organizations and businesses to improve the quality of life for all of Glendale’s employees, residents and visitors.  We meet the challenges associated with Glendale’s poor traffic record with regards to safety, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving by repeated contact with educational messages in a professional tone.  Relationships with the press and the city agencies have been cultivated, with particular focus on the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists and the benefits of complete streets.

As stated in our 2014-2016 strategic plan, our goals included the acquisition of grants to support and expand capacity for events, educational activities and advocacy work.  To these ends, we partnered with Glendale Healthy Kids and the Glendale Community Free Health Clinic to secure a $5000 grant from Dignity Health with the aim of funding the “Kids Bike Safety & Skills Workshop.”  The event was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10am to 2pm at the Pacific Community Center.  A total of 75 children were offered free helmets with fitting, free bicycle repairs, and a series of bicycle safety drills under the supervision of League Certified Instructors (LCI).

We possess a wide variety of professional skills, technical knowledge and personal connections within the ranks of our 86 active members.  The volunteer steering committee met regularly to plan events, educational activities and to promote advocacy campaigns.  The steering committee in 2015 was comprised of approximately 15% of our active members.  The year 2015 kicked off with a Happy Hour at The Moose Den, on Brand Boulevard, on January 15.  Thereafter, steering committee meetings took place on the second Monday of all 11 months at the Glendale Arts Community Room located on the first floor of the Orange Parking Garage at 118 W. California Ave. from 7:00-8:30pm.  Meetings are open to the public and anyone who is interested in improving conditions for walking and bicycling in Glendale is encouraged to attend. You do not need to be a steering committee member to attend.  Steering Committee Meetings are the best way to learn about what Walk Bike Glendale is up to and find out how you can get involved.

Steering committee members are encouraged to attend trainings and development opportunities to expand the knowledge base and capacity of the organization. Investing in Place together with our larger organization, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), in partnership with the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists hosted an Advocacy Advance workshop entitled “Increasing Funds for Active Transportation” on May 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.  The member who attended this workshop, presented some of his findings at the CalBike Summit on October 26, 2015 in a session titled “The First and Last Several Miles: Bicycle Access to Transit.”  Another steering committee member attended Interbike, which is North America’s largest bicycle trade event and show.  Interbike is over 750 companies representing more than 1200 brands – a one stop opportunity to connect with the entire bicycle industry.

Walk Bike Glendale aims to advocate for vibrant and safe places to walk and bike, promote walking and bicycling as fun and sustainable alternatives to driving, educate to increase safety on our streets, and inspire the community to get involved and make a difference.

The bicycling events we organize range from small (4 riders) to large (130 riders).  Responsible Road Rides are designed to treat riders who are intermediate in experience to a long ride (25-40 miles) starting and ending in Glendale.  There were three Responsible Road Rides in 2015:

  • ·         From Glendale to Burbank (25 miles) – stop at Priscilla’s Café (March 8)
  • ·         From Glendale to Pasadena (28 miles) – stop at Starbucks (March 29)
  • ·         From Glendale to Sylmar (38 miles) – stop at Hansen Dam (April 26)

Walk Bike Glendale supports car-free transportation to cycling-themed events.  Some of the largest events in Southern California are CicLAvias, an event patterned after the street closures in Bogota, Columbia which were implemented to reduce pollution and increase the health of the community:

  • ·         CicLAvia feeder ride to The Valley (March 22)
  • ·         CicLAvia feeder ride to Pasadena (May 31)
  • ·         CicLAvia feeder ride to Heart of LA (October 12)

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on various days in the spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work.  Walk Bike Glendale hosted a series of events in honor of this international campaign on May 14:

  • ·         Bicycle Pit Stop @ Sonora and Flower
  • ·         Commuter Bike Train from Glendale to Pasadena City Hall
  • ·         Handlebar Happy Hour at the Moose Den

The walking events we hosted in 2015 are listed below:

  • ·         Geology Hike at Duekmejian Wilderness Park (March 7)
  • ·         Walk to Space 134 Festival and Earth Day! (May 2)
  • ·         Fourth Annual Zombie Walk (October 24)

Events to promote safe cycling are a big part of our mission as an organization.  The events listed below included tabling events, where information such as how to repair flat tires and what are the laws regarding vehicular cycling and free reflective bands were distributed.  A permanent art installation featuring two cyclists and two pedestrians was created on Foothill Boulevard:

  • ·         USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Health Fair (May 2)
  • ·         City of Glendale, CA : Beyond The Box – Utility Box Murals (May 2)
  • ·         City of Glendale’s 22nd Annual Cruise Night (August 29)

Large bicycle events hosted or attended by WBG members are listed below.  Research by Peter Jacobsen of Pasadena showed that there is “Safety in Numbers.”  Increasing the number of cyclists on the roadways increases the safety for all cyclists since common occurrences are more easily detectable by the human mind.  Events in 2015 that served this part of our mission are listed below:

  • ·         Jewel City Ride (June 7)
  •           “Kids’ Bike Safety & Skills Workshop.”  T September 12, 2015

Some events took place in daylight, others were at night.  Education of cyclists, including children, about the equipment required by law for night riding was a component of these events:

  • ·         Ice Cream Social Ride (August 19)
  • ·         Ambulante Film Festival “Bikes vs. Cars” (October 4)
  • ·         Holiday Lights Ride (December 20)

Taken together, these 21 events represent a banner year for our organization, bringing us closer to realizing the elements outlined in our strategic plan.  Walk Bike Glendale is in a strong position to provide community service hours for high school and other students.  We hope to expand our volunteer base, so please join us in 2016.  Partnerships with Rotary and other local groups assisted in elevating the profile of walking and biking in our Jewel City.