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!

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!