Holiday Lights Ride -December 17th

Facebook Link Here
Walk Bike Glendale and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition – LACBC invite you to join us on our wildly popular family-friendly holiday bike ride! We will be riding at a leisurely pace for a couple miles on the quiet streets of Rossmoyne. LIGHT UP YOUR BIKE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Hot cocoa and food is generously sponsored by Gauchos Village (https://www.gauchosvillage.com).  Special Thanks to Gauchos Village for sponsoring this ride 3 years in a row!

Meeting at 5:30 and leaving at 6 pm sharp.
Meet at Nibley Park
1103 E. Mountain, Glendale, California 91207

We’ll be enjoying FREE HOT COCOA at a Gauchos Village. Bring water, a helmet, and a bike in good working condition. ALL AGES WELCOME*

Kids younger than 8 should be able to ride several miles or be on a safe child-carrying device to participate on the ride. All people under the age of 18 must have a helmet to participate.

Please spread the word!
Our route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17669774
Check out 2013’s video: http://youtu.be/edfLhoiVTgM

Email Walkbikeglendale@gmail.com to be involved and volunteer.  \


Gauchos Village Sponsor Highlight

At Gauchos Village, we thoroughly understand your need for that perfect dining experience. From a tantalizing assortment of authentic Brazilian cuisine, to lively and festive entertainment, we have it all here! Our goal is to make sure you and your guests will have a wonderful dining experience, just as we do in Brazil.

Gauchos Village 
135 North Maryland Ave 
Glendale, CA 91206
www.GauchosVillage.com 
Phone 1-818-550-1430 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gauchos.village

Brewery Ride 9/10 and CicLAvia Feeder Ride 10/8

Bikes and Beer -The Brewyard Brewery September 10th


Facebook event Link Here

This ride is a celebration of cycling and local craft beer. Your support of Walk Bike Glendale supports safe streets for everyone and improves cycling in your Glendale!

The ride will start at Pacific Plate Brewery Taproom and we will ride together as a group to Brewyard Beer Company LLC. The Brewyard will be providing tours and beers will be available for purchase. The ride will be relaxed paced and approximately 5-6 miles each way. The route will be posted soon.

Meet 12:30 at Pacific Plate Brewery Taproom 1302 S Brand Blvd b, Glendale, CA 91204
Roll out at 1:30PM
Ride 5-7 miles to Brewyard Beer Company LLC located in Glendale
Leave the Brewyard between 3:00 and 3:30 (feel free to stay longer).
We will return to Pacific Plate Brewery Taproom no later than 4pm.

Info about the breweries

Brewyard Beer Company LLC. is the first Craft Brewery & Taproom in Glendale, CA. We specialize in “Common” style Lagers A.K.A Steam Beers. These wonderful beers have flavor profiles similar to ales but still retain a lighter crisper finish of a traditional Lager. “Common” beers are a uniquely Californian Style of beer not officially recognized as a beer Category by BJCP. We also dabble with Belgian Ales, Barrel aging and release small batches of various other styles of beer that tickle our fancy at any given time.

Pacific Plate Brewery Taproom is a uniquely Angelino craft brewery focusing on the fusion of Latino flavors with European Beer Tradition. Our taproom on S. Brand in Glendale offers 16 draft selections and an outdoor patio.

 


Glendale Feeder Ride to CicLAvia Heart of L.A. –October 8th

Facebook Event Link Here

Walk Bike Glendale will lead a group from the Glendale Transportation Center (Metrolink) to downtown LA for the open street event, CicLAvia Heart of L.A., on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The route features a short segment of the LA River Trail, and bike ride through DTLA. http://www.ciclavia.org/

When: Sunday October 8
Time: Meet 8:30am leave 9:00am
Where: Glendale Transportation Center

More info
Get ready for our annual Heart of LA Route on Sunday, October 8th as CicLAvia returns to Chinatown, DTLA, Echo Park and Boyle Heights! 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_hola17

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 8:

CicLAvia is FREE!
CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
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.

Women’s Ride (6/25/17)

Our 2nd Women’s Ride of 2017 was awesome!

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We rode out of Verdugo Park, down Glendale Ave to Wilson.  We rolled past the Eagle Rock Plaza and enjoyed the long gradual climb towards the Eagle Rock Historical Landmark.  The Chevron station at Colorado Blvd and N Figueroa St provided ice for our water bottles.  Since the bike lane is discontinuous between Figueroa and Ave 64 we walked on the sidewalk up the 9% grade.

Pasadena BikeShare

After crossing the Arroyo and Long Beach Freeway, we headed north to the bike lane along Corson St to Allen St.  We scoped out Pasadena’s new Metro bikeshare stations, which open this Friday (7/14/17).  You can access this extension of the Metro transit agency network from Glendale by taking the Metro 501 Bus from the 134 fwy (Brand/Sanchez) to the Metro Gold Line station at Memorial Park.  After a brief hydration/restroom stop at the 7-11 on Colorado at Bonnie, we rode through Pasadena City College to Cordova St.

We took a peek at the green bike lanes on Marengo Ave, but headed North instead to ride along Colorado Blvd (Old Town Pasadena).  Since the temperatures were between 80 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, we drank water every 15 minutes and replenished our electrolytes every 45 minutes.  All the participants who started at Verdugo Park completed the 22 mile ride safely.  To save money and make your own electrolyte drink, use the recipe below.

astronaut juice recipe

Continue to follow our facebook page for announcement of upcoming group rides and walks.  Walk Bike Glendale plans to host at least one more women’s ride in 2017.  Until then, we hope to see you in the streets!

CicLAvia in Glendale! (6/11/17)

CicLAvia is coming to Glendale and Atwater Village for the first time on Sunday, June 11th from 9am – 4pm!  CicLAvia is a FREE event that transforms public streets into walk-able, bike-able, skate-able, danceable spaces for people (not cars).  If this is your first CicLAvia, expect to see funky bikes and crazy costumes, as well as many regular people experiencing community with kids and pets.

The idea for CicLAvia was first proposed in Bogotá, Columbia (called Ciclovía, translates as bike path) as a solution to the community’s poor air quality, poor health, and lack of open public space.  The first CicLAvia was staged in Los Angeles on October 10, 2010 and the CicLAvia event called “Glendale Meets Atwater Village” is the twenty-first event of this type in LA County.

Enjoy 3 miles of car-free streets, including: Brand Blvd between Doran and Broadway, Wilson Ave between Brand and Central, Central Ave between Wilson and San Fernando Rd, San Fernando Rd between Central and Glendale Blvd, and Glendale Blvd between San Fernando and Glenhurst Ave.  The streets are filled with vendors and music, providing a festival atmosphere.

There are 3 hubs: Brand at Doran, Central at Riverdale, and Atwater Village Glendale Blvd at Glenhurst.  Hubs are where you can find bike repair stations, first aid, general CicLAvia information and merchandise, free water, food trucks, and much more.

Walk Bike Glendale will have a booth at the Central Hub.  We’re collecting community input for our future events.  What walks and bike rides do you want WBG to organize?  Stop by our booth and share your thoughts!  If you’re interested in helping at our booth, you can sign up for a shift here.

If you’ve never been to the Atwater Village Farmer’s Market before, this weekend will be the perfect time to check it out!  There’s a FREE tote bag if you purchase fruits & veggies at participating vendors.  The Farmer’s Market is in operation from 10am – 2pm.

Walk Bike Glendale has been committed to providing feeder rides to other CicLAvia events.  This time, the event will be coming to us.  If you’re traveling from a nearby city, there is a growing list of feeder rides that may interest you.

CicLAvia Moment

A new feature of the upcoming #CicLAvia #GlendaleMeetsAtwater is to use the hashtag #CicLAviaMoment.  Take a photo at 1:00pm wherever you are, however you’re enjoying the #openstreets event.  Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #CicLAviaMoment in your description. Photos will be featured on the CicLAvia website.

The AARP has provided a Family Play Zone at the Central Hub and FREE PediCab rides.  AARP will also be handing out Metro Tap cards to those who show their AARP membership card.  So there’s something for everyone at CicLAvia.  Hope to see you there!

Bike Month 2017 Glendale Happenings!

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Bike to Work Day- May 18

Dust off that bicycle and get ready to ride to work for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 18. To make the trip extra convenient for you, the City of Glendale, CAWalk Bike Glendale, and Go Glendale, have partnered to distribute refreshments and other goodies to people who bicycle to work at select pit-stops throughout Glendale!

If you’ve never tried commuting to work by bicycle, Bike to Work Day is the perfect day to push that pedal. On Thursday, May 18, join thousands of other bike commuters around Los Angeles County and ride to work on two wheels.

To make your bike commute super easy and fun, there will be pit stops located around the county to provide you with tips, refreshments and more! Also, there’s this: those with a bike get free rides on Metro! Check out Metro’s map of pit stops on their bike month website. https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/

Facebook Link


Bike Month Proclamation at the Glendale City Council Meeting-Tuesday- May 16th

The Glendale City Council and Walk Bike Glendale will issue a ” Proclamation Designating Bike to Work Day” on Tuesday May 16th at 6:00 pm.  WBG will make a brief statement on the importance and significance of Bike Month and Bike to Work Day.  If you would like join WBG in making the announcement join us at the City Council Chamber, City Hall – 613 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor or email walkbikeglendale@gmail.com.
Facebook link


CicLAvia Community Meeting- May 17th


Join us for a community meeting on May 17th to learn about street closures, business opportunities, family activities, volunteer positions and more. RSVP to attend: Call 213.355.8500 or email info@ciclavia.org.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All attendees will be entered into a free drawing to win a branded CicLAvia helmet!
Link to Facebook event LINK


 

Jewel City Ride -May 21st


The 5th annual Jewel City Ride Fun and Fitness Day will offer two exciting road rides and an altogether new mixed terrain gravel adventure ride, a police escorted ride through downtown Glendale for ages 7 and up, and enjoy fun games and activities promoting a healthy lifestyle. Co-organized by the YMCA.  Go to the website for tickets LINK


CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village-June 11th

Get ready for a brand new CicLAvia route! On Sunday, June 11, Glendale and Atwater Village 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.

http://www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia_glendale17

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for March 26:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • 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. Check out some more safety tips.

Facebook event link LINK


 

Billion Step Challenge


We are partnering with the City of Glendale to challenge the community to collectively walk 1,000,000,000 steps to encourage individuals, families, community organizations and local businesses to get out and get active.

The Billion Step Challenge is a driving force in the Be Street Smart Glendale campaign to educate, encourage and empower each person to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others when walking, driving or biking in Glendale. People can share their progress and photos on social media using #BillionStepChallenge and #BeStreetSmartGlendale.

It only takes three minutes to join, and there are a limited number of complimentary spaces still available. Just click Billion Step Challenge to get started and join the movement. You may link your Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin or other compatible wireless device or smartphone app to automatically log your steps, or you can enter them manually on the website or via the mobile app for iOS or Android. People can share their progress and photos on social media using #Billion Step Challenge and #Be Street Smart Glendale.

A billion steps is a long way, far enough to go once around the earth, to the moon and back – we can get there together. And remember, when you’re out walking, driving or biking, be safe and Be Street Smart Glendale!

Email Walkbikeglendale@gmail.com to get a spot and be involved.


Support Jenny in the Climate Ride!


Jenny Morataya, one of Walk Bike Glendale’s steering committee members, is participating in the Climate Ride this June. She will bike hundreds of miles to raise awareness and money for more than 100 fantastic organizations (including Walk Bike Glendale and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition) that are leading the nation in climate change awareness, green energy development, sustainability, and bicycle advocacy, and to raise public awareness around these issues.

Please support her and Walk Bike Glendale by making a tax-deductible donation to the Climate Ride’s fundraising efforts:
https://support.climateride.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=4581


Metrolink Twitter Party

Get ready for bike month in May.  Part of celebrating bike month is ‘bike to work week.’  Bike to work week is May 15-19th.  All transit agencies will be holding special events which will be advertised on their respective websites.  Metrolink is offering a FREE RIDE ALL WEEK to passengers who bring their bicycle on board.  Yes, you heard correctly — FREE RIDE to passengers with a bicycle present — no ticket needed!

Additionally, on May 16th from 5-6 pm Metrolink is hosting ‘ONE BIG Twitter Party‘ for an hour of bike related giveaways (prizes such as Metrolink tickets, bike accessories, etc.) every 5 minutes by answering bike related trivia questions. The grand prize will be an URB-E . To participate, go to Metrolink’s twitter handle (@Metrolink) and use the hashtag #pedal2work17 to join in on the party.

Again, Metrolink is promoting free rides for anyone boarding with a bike that week, as well as spreading the word about Bike to Work Week and the benefits of having thriving bike cultures in our communities.”


Monthly Steering Committee Meeting-June 12th

Join us for our monthly Steering Committee Meeting! Learn about what Walk Bike Glendale is up to and how you can get involved. We have a meeting every second Monday of the month. Our monthly steering committee meetings are a great opportunity to get involved with Walk Bike Glendale. 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.

Meetings are held in the “Sun Room” at Panera Bread on 300 N Brand Blvd from 7:00-8:30pm.
Facebook Link

Adobe to Adobe Walk -April 29

Adobe to Adobe Walk -April 29

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Saturday, April 29 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Meet: Catalina Adobe 2211 Bonita Dr, Glendale, CA 91208
Facebook event:  Click here

Please join Walk Bike Glendale on April 29th as we walk between two of the city’s oldest and most historic structures, Catalina Verdugo Adobe andCasa Adobe De San Rafael. Our route will take us through Verdugo Woodland’s Niodrara Historic district, Verdugo Park, and the neighborhoods of Rossmoyne Historic District, and Verdugo Viejo. The adobes will be opened for us and short docent led tours will be provided. Come out to experience our city’s unique history, topography and beauty up close, while participating in a free, health-promoting activity.

The route between the Adobes is a distance of 3.25 miles, generally flat, with a walking time of approximately 2 hours. Participants will return via theGlendale Beeline to Glendale Community College, and conclude with a 1-mile walk (approximately 30 minutes) back to the starting point. The event schedule is shown below:

· 12 PM – Gather at Catalina Verdugo Adobe for tour (bring a picnic lunch if desired, and enjoy the beautiful space).

· 1 PM – Begin walk

· 3 PM – Arrive and tour San Raphael Adobe

· 4 PM – Catch Beeline for return trip to GCC

· 4:15 PM – Walk from GCC to Catalina Verdugo Adobe

· 4:45 PM – Arrive Catalina Verdugo Adobe

Casa Catalina Adobe website
http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/community-services-parks/parks-facilities-historic-sites/catalina-verdugo-adobe

San Rafael Adobe website
http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/community-services-parks/parks-facilities-historic-sites/casa-adobe-de-san-rafael-photos#ad-image-0

CicLAvia Feeder Ride-3/26

CicLAvia Feeder Ride-3/26


Sunday, March 26
Meet: 7:30am, Train leaves 8:07
Location:Glendale Transportation Center, 400 W Cerritos Ave, Glendale, CA 91204
Facebook event:  Click here

Take Metrolink and Metro to CicLAvia – Culver City meets Venice. Walk Bike Glendale will be providing a weekend day-pass for all participants ($10 value).  This pass will enable you to get to CicLAvia and back via Metro light rail and Metrolink trains.

CicLAvia heads back to one of our fan-favorite routes for the first event of 2017! On March 26, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Venice 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.

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

Tell your friends!  All ages and abilities are welcome.

Glendale Voter Guide

Glendale Voter Guide

Walk Bike Glendale sat down face to face with council candidates (including 2 incumbents) to talk about Walk/Bike issues.  Make an informed discussion for the election!  Walk Bike Glendale has uploaded the audio to SoundCloud.  If you wish, you can listen or download (podcast).
https://soundcloud.com/dr-kayla-a-kaiser/sets/wbg-candidate-carousel-031217

All candidates can be seen here http://www.glendalevotes.org/candidates

A transcript of our meeting can be seen below.

 

Transcript from “Candidates Carousel” Walk Bike Glendale group table

Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:00-3:00pm Glendale Fire Station #21, 421 Oak Street

Organized by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank lwvglendaleburbankca@gmail.com

[the following responses are presented in the order in which we met the candidates]

All candidates were asked the same question:  With this new infusion of (Measure M) transportation dollars, how do you think we can further promote walking and biking in Glendale?

Zareh Sinanyan = I love the idea of a walking / biking culture in our city.  I love that idea because I’ve seen it in other cities.  I lived in DC for a while and all I did was walk. I took the subway and I walked.  I walked tens of miles if I could. On a Sunday all I would do is walk the city. Glendale was built as a driving city. It was intentionally designed in a way where the concept of taking viable public transportation was as difficult to achieve as possible. Whatever we had in terms of light rail was viciously destroyed. How do we reengineer the city in a way where walking and biking is viable without somehow hampering automobile traffic, that’s the question. And therefore the issue of funding is important. To the extent we’re going to have additional available funds I agree, I’d like to allocate a fair share of those funds towards thinking about and implementing (again I think it’s an engineering issue) before the cultural shift takes place. Before we educate our residents about even the possibility of walking and biking. Our people drive, they love to drive. The other day I got into an argument with a lady, she was the one arguing, I was the one trying to defend the point of view that bringing light rail back to Glendale would be a great idea. She said, “You’re not taking my car away.” I said, “I have no intention of taking your car away. I’m just saying, there are other ways to get around.  There are modern ways. The world does it. We wouldn’t be the first ones. “ She said, “No, when I’m dead, then you can have walkers and bikers and light rail in the city of Glendale.  Before then, you’re not going to get me to do it.” So, it’s a two prong approach. First, look at the engineering. Secondly, [educate our residents?]

Mike Mohill = Like I always tell everyone, if you have an issue, go before the city council. One of my big things, in my experience with the bike lanes, is that they’re not clearly marked. I think, for example, in some parts of the city, or other places I’ve been to, they actually paint the street a different color. So that’s good for the bikers and good for automobile drivers.  I also think there should be some more publicity done by your group, because you’re secret.  Did you know that?  You guys are secret.  Most people have never heard of your organization. And that’s what I would do, promote the efforts of Measure M money.  There’s the newspapers.  Talk about it.  Go before city council, talk about it.  If you have the funds and it’s not being used, that’s too bad isn’t it.  There’s one thing about government I found out: If you don’t use it you lose it.

Mike Van Gorder = First of all, we got the Verdugo Wash Bike Path, I would love to see that come to fruition. A big push that they’re having right now is the South Glendale Development Plan. Transportation is a big part of that.  They want to get more light rail.  They’re even kicking around a trolley, which I don’t think is the best idea, unless it goes all the way to the airport, which they’re discussing.  We’ve got these big wide streets, giant medians (like Glenoaks) I think we could absolutely put a bike lane in the middle of it. The streets should be multi-use. And I know they want to expand them into multi-use anyway.  I see more people using bike lanes than the trolley, which seems charming and less useful.  As metro expands, transportation hubs are being built in the North and Westside, which I know they really want to do. They’re spending $300,000 worth on environmental impact studying to see how these things are going to wind up.  Having generous resources made available for bike racks, that would connect a bicyclist to the entirety of Los Angeles. If we can make it easy for people to bike to one of these these transportation centers, lock it up safely, something that is not easily bolt-cuttable. Then they can take off and go about whatever they are doing. That keeps less cars on the road because now I don’t need to drive to Santa Monica, I can bike/take the train there.

Grant Michals = Without feeling like I’m stealing from the pedestrian safety advisory commission, the last meeting held different intitiatives.  I do favor Vision Zero as an overarching goal.  If we don’t state that we have a significant problem with pedestrian and cycling accidents, and form an umbrella to go ahead and figure out what can be done to meet that, then we’re lost.  We need that framework. Citywide, the first thing we need to do is go ahead and state: we acknowledge there is a problem. And be able to prioritize projects and funding to address that. When we talk about some of the initiatives the “Twenty is Plenty” to establish a 20 mph speed limit, which would reduce the number of pedestrian deaths to 85% versus a much higher percentage as the speed goes up, with a chance of a pedestrian fatality in a collision.  That “Twenty is Plenty” is going to take a long time to change driver behavior, education, and implement. More of the engineering projects, such as no right turns in the downtowns, is an engineering project with a much smaller cost and a much more immediate return. So when we have the money coming in from Measure M, I want to try to prioritize that to where it has the greatest impact and go after the lowest hanging fruit as well as plan for the future having an education component for the longer term.  Having a full framework of everything we want rather than focusing on just one issue.

Ara Najarian = Carving out a dedicated earmark for dedicated walking and biking for the local return, which comes every year, we should do that.  In terms of our best play for walking and biking, is the first mile/last mile concept. Which is very much en vogue at the MTA. Which basically will fund projects and programs that will get people to and from transit.  Whether that’s going to mean bike lockers, rental bikes, bike lanes, bike facilities, pedestrian-oriented development.  That’s the low hanging fruit for us in Glendale to grab and to do that.  LA does it like crazy.  They’re getting $115M on their first mile/last mile. We should be at least be able to grab $5-10M of that for ourselves.

626 Golden Streets Feeder Ride

Who: Join Walk Bike Glendale on our feeder ride to 626 Golden Streets.

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Meet at 7:30am, roll at 8:00am.

Where: We’re meeting at Glendale Central Park, 201 E. Colorado St.

What: It’s a 7 mile ride to the start of the open streets event.

A map of the route + feeder ride is here.  Because the route parallels the Metro Gold Line, you do not have to bike the entire 50 miles.  You can buy a TAP card for $1  + $1.75 for a one-way trip OR a TAP card for $1 + $7 for a day pass.  With the day pass, you could jump on and off the Gold Line (train) as many times as you like.  The one-way trip is valid for 2 hours after activation.

The feeder ride features a bike lane along York Blvd:

How:
1) Multi-speed bike in good working condition; tires inflated to proper pressure

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

Hope to see you there!  626 Golden Streets features 17+ miles of smiles. The 626’s first multi-jurisdictional open streets event links Gold Line stations from South Pasadena to Azusa.  Collect 8 free stickers (one at each hub) starting at 8am.

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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!