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).

All candidates can be seen here

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

[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:

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.


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 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


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:

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

Holiday Bike Ride


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?


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:  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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What is Measure M?

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 .



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.


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.


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 |

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.

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:

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.