2014 Year in Review

Dear Walk Bike Glendale Supporters!

As we close out the year and head into 2015, Walk Bike Glendale wants say a big thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers and our energetic steering committee members for their hard work making Glendale a city where everyone feels safe to walk and bike; and to take a moment to reflect on this past year’s accomplishments!

Before we share though, we’d like to remind folks that none of this work would be possible without donations and memberships. We know donation requests are frequent this time of year, but let me assure you that investing in Walk Bike Glendale will pay dividends!

Add us to your end of year donations list, register with us as a volunteer, or renew your membership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), noting Walk Bike Glendale as your chapter group.

Now let’s inspire you! Here are all the amazing things we did this year with your support.

2014 was a year of abundance, full of exciting milestones. We hosted more events, fought harder for safer streets, and received headline after headline for our hard work in promoting bicycling and walking in Glendale.

Focus on Long Term Sustainability:

In February, Walk Bike Glendale held our first Strategic Planning Retreat to map out our goals for 2014-2016. We are happy to announce that at our December meeting, the final version of our 2014-2016 Strategic Plan was approved, and will be ready for public distribution in early 2015. With our strategic plan firmly in place, we will be on solid ground to apply for grant funding and bring in additional dollars to support our work.

Events, Events, Events:

Thanks to our amazing steering committee, Walk Bike Glendale hosted more events in 2014 than ever before. Here’s the short list!


This year Walk Bike Glendale continued our annual Bike Month and Walktober activities and added multiple Operation Firefly outreach events to make sure cyclists in Glendale have and use lights while riding at night. We also volunteered at numerous events such as Earth Day and K-9s in the Park to share information on the rules of the road and how to walk and bike safely. Finally, several steering committee members took a “Traffic Safety 101” course offered by LACBC which is the first step to becoming bicycle safety instructors. This means that next year we will be able to expand our educational efforts and teach more classes to the public here in Glendale on how to ride safely on the streets in traffic.


The City of Glendale made several huge strides this year that will benefit the residents for years to come. Most importantly, with support and encouragement from Walk Bike Glendale, the City received $2,642,000 in grants for a Pedestrian Safety Master Plan, a City-wide Safety Education Initiative and Safe Routes to School Improvements. We also advocated for the creation of the Pedestrian Safety Task Force and provided feedback to the city on numerous opportunities to make the city safer for pedestrians. In addition, we have attended hours of meetings with the City on infrastructure projects to make sure every time the city improves a street, they do it for all modes.

As we move into 2015 we look forward to your support either as an event volunteer; standing alongside us to support safer infrastructure; or helping educate all of our community members about the benefits of walking and bicycling in our wonderful Jewel City.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and thank you,

Katie Kurutz

Walk Bike Glendale Chair

Walk to School Day 2014!

October 8th is Walk to School Day. While we hope you walk to school everyday, Walk to School Day is a great way to celebrate a healthy option for the journey to school. 34 schools in Glendale are participating in this annual event to celebrate healthy active transportation and to promote pedestrian safety! Please join in and walk your children to school to celebrate!

Photo: Int'l Walk-to-School Day is next week!   Wednesday, October 8th!   34 schools in Glendale are participating in this annual event to celebrate healthy active transportation and to promote pedestrian safety!

Become a Member and Win a Free Trip!

Walk Bike Glendale is a local chapter of LACBC. When you join LACBC and choose us as your chapter your dollars go directly to help make Glendale a safer place to walk and bike. We use donations from generous members such as yourself to host events, advocate for safer streets and educate the community. This month if you become a member you’ll also get entered into a drawing for a trip to San Diego for CicLosDias! So what are you waiting for? Become a member today!

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Metro Sponsors “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour,” led by C.I.C.L.E. & Walk Bike Glendale

We’re partnering with Metro and C.I.C.L.E to bring you a great family friendly bike ride through Glendale. The date, time and route are now set so we hope to see you there!

As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is approximately 7 miles.

FREE WALK BIKE GLENDALE T-SHIRT: We need 4 new marshals to help us with the ride. Marshals will need to do the pre-ride this Saturday 9/20/14 and help on the day of the event. Marshals will receive a free T-shirt for their efforts and learn the skills to help volunteer on future rides. Please contact Steven Nancarrow at srnancarrow@gmail.com to RSVP or for more details.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. The ride will return to the start by 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glendale Metrolink Station
400 W. Cerritos Avenue, Glendale CA 91204

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Verdugo Wash Pedestrian/Bicycle Path Presentation

Paul Rabinov will introduce the proposed Arroyo Verdugo Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail feasibility study at the Glendale Beautiful Fall Dinner. The dinner will be catered by Damon’s at the Casa de San Rafael. Cost for the dinner is $30. There will be live music and a chance to win prizes. Wear your comboy outfits and come have a wonderful evening.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Casa de Adobe de San Rafael
1330 Dorothy Drive – Glendale
Social – 5:30 P.M. Dinner – 6:00 P.M.
If rain, Joe Bridges Clubhouse
2351 E. Glenoaks Blvd.


(1-818-248-4415) or E-mail at bloobyrd28@ATT.net



Glendale Riverwalk Bridge Meeting

Community Meeting

The City of Glendale is holding a community meeting for the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Project on September 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 8pm at the Pacific Community Center Gymnasium.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Location and concept of a LA River and Verdugo Wash bridge.

The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk is a one mile long pedestrian and bicycle trail along the Los Angeles River within the City of Glendale. Currently, we are in a stage of developing a conceptual design of a LA river and Verdugo Wash bridge that would link Glendale to Los Angles and Griffith Park. We are also designing and constructing the final two parks to complete the trail.

Completion of the Riverwalk project offers important opportunities for the City of Glendale – increased access for residents and visitors to the LA River and potentially to Griffith Park, stronger connectivity to bike, pedestrian and possibly equestrian paths, and improved access and safety to the Grand Central Creative Campus, River Glen Opportunity Area, and San Fernando Creative Corridor.

The benefits are plentiful and include access to a serene riparian environment within a unique urban setting; the ability to enjoy outdoor recreation, pedestrian and bike pathways, public art and interpretative signage just minutes from creative workplaces; and access to shopping and dining in downtown Glendale and its unique villages.

This is an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved and help create a fantastic project for all! Everyone is welcome!