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Bicycle plans continue

City will use a $150,000 grant to update bike infrastructure.

May 18, 2010|By Veronica Rocha

GLENDALE — City officials say they will move ahead with updating the 15-year-old Bikeway Master Plan after securing a $150,000 grant.

That Glendale hasn’t updated its bike plan since 1995 has kept the city out of the running for millions in funding from the California Department of Transportation, which requires local governments to update their plans every five years to qualify for infrastructure improvement grants.

The city tried to update its bike plan several years ago, but it didn’t attract public attention because cyclists were fewer then, said Public Works Director Steve Zurn.

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But the number of people riding bicycles to work and shop has increased significantly in Glendale as more people rely on their bikes as their mode of transportation, he added.

“The attitudes of a lot of folks has changed quite a bit,” Zurn said.

Motivated to update Glendale’s bike plan with current laws and guidelines, city officials applied for state funding through the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Final approval of the funding is expected next month, Zurn said.

Once that happens, the city has a year to update its bike plan to obtain the money.

Zurn said he is hoping to complete the update by the end of the summer.

Officials will be looking at existing city and county designated bike lanes, making sure the paths link, incorporating the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk project and improving technology along the bikeways.

Specific goals and a timeline should be included in the revised bike plan, said Colin Bogart, a liaison with the nonprofit Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition who is working with city officials to create a safe and healthy streets plan.

“That’s what helps ensure implementation,” Bogart said.

Along with an updated plan, he said he wants to see a revised map that includes the city’s extensive network of bicycle paths.

In an effort to improve the city’s roads for cyclists and pedestrians, the City Council is expected to approve $111,168 in state funding to install a bike lane on Foothill Boulevard, and to add flashing pedestrian signals on Colorado Street. The money would also help pay for more bike racks throughout the city.


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