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!

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