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.


Women’s Training Ride




Women’s Training Ride

When: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Where: Verdugo Park 1621 Canada Blvd Glendale 91208; meet at main parking lot

Time: 1 PM meet

12.5 mile flat ride form Glendale to Burbank and back; no-drop ride; we will regroup as needed; 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


2016 Kick Off Party at PizzaRev

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Walk Bike Glendale will be having its annual 2016 Kick off Party on the 31st! Pizza, beer/wine, vegetarian options and Family Friendly!!!
This year we will be at the new PizzaRev in Glendale. Starting at the open of business on the day of January 31st, anyone that brings in the above flyer or even simply mentions Walk Bike Glendale at the cash register will have their receipt included into a donation pool. The fundraiser will be an all-day event, and both dine-in and take-out purchases are valid for inclusion. After the event, PizzaRev will donate 20% of the total proceeds from your attendees back to Walk Bike Glendale.

Although an all day event the steering committee will be there starting at 5pm.
Join us at 5pm to share your ideas for events and advocacy campaigns for 2016.
Lets enjoy pizza and raise money for safe streets in Glendale!

Responsible Road Riders! January 17th

WBG continues Responsible Road Rides!
Participants should be at least intermediate in experience and be willing to wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws. Pace will be between 12 and 15mph. This will be no drop ride. Meeting place Fremont Park near the basketball court. Route sheets will be provided.

Monthly rides of 25-50 miles
Ride will be Sunday January 17, meet 8:15 am roll 8:30am
Flat ride of about 48 miles, bike paths
Meet at Fremont Park

This ride will head into The San Fernando Valley and foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Route map can be seen here:

In the event of rain, the ride will be rescheduled. Check back here for updates


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!

Meeting at 5:30 and leaving at 6 pm sharp.

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

There will be a competition for “safest and brightest bike” and “safety facts for safe night riding”

Kids younger than 8 should be able to ride several miles or be on a safe child-carrying device to participate on the ride.

Please spread the word!

How does Glendale’s Bike Network Compare?

Huge thanks to WBG member Kayla A. Kaiser who recently completed an analysis of Glendale’s bicycle plan to compare it to the national average. Our technical expert and nerd friends should really enjoy this one.

There are a variety of ways of characterizing networks in the field of transportation geography and network science. A classic set of connectivity measures includes beta, gamma, and alpha indices. We compared the current bicycle infrastructure in Glendale with the City of Glendale Bicycle Transportation Plan (page 75, Map 6-1) and 72 US cities of varying size and population in Table 1. It is clear that the current bikeway network in Glendale is behind the national average, whereas the proposed bikeways would propel Glendale to the forefront of the nation.beta gama

Links are defined as pathway segments between two nodes. Nodes are intersections or termini at the end of a bikeway segment. The beta index is a ratio of links to nodes. Higher beta values constitute a more complex network, whereas lower beta values mean that a cyclist would have to ride in traffic where the network fails to connect points of interest. The gamma index is a ratio of observed edges to the theoretical maximum.  Higher values of gamma indicate greater internal connectivity and increased redundancy in the network, providing a cyclist with greater choices. The alpha index is the ratio of the number of actual circuits to the maximum number of circuits. If the value is zero, then it indicates no circuits; and if the value is 1 then it indicates a complete interconnected network.

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In a recent article in the journal Transportation beta, alpha, and gamma indices were correlated with the number of bicycle commuters per 10,000 commuters. With and without correcting for city size and demographics, Schoner found that network connectivity (as quantified by alpha, beta, and gamma indices, among other factors) is positively correlated with increased numbers of bicycle commuters. The bottom line is that Glendale can do better and if we keep pushing for increased funding for bicycle projects in the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Mobility Matrix perhaps we can increase our city’s profile among bikeable cities with interconnected networks of bike lanes.