Fears of bicycle and pedestrian safety sparked by three recent deaths in the region pushed residents this week to call for a new committee in Glendale to which locals could air concerns about street dangers. But some officials are worried that another layer of bureaucracy will unnecessarily burden an already thin transportation staff.
A pedestrian fatality in Glendale and two recent bicycle deaths in Pasadena have renewed calls for a fresh approach to public safety outreach, but that could be difficult, some say, since local resources already are stretched thin.
Transportation and Parking Commissioner Maro Yacoubian said during a meeting this week that she was against adding to the burden.
“I don’t want to create another committee to tax the city’s resources,” she said.
The city already has a Bicycle Advisory Committee charged with creating a Bicycle Master Plan to lay out guidelines for how Glendale will address bicyclists’ needs in the future. Some commissioners feared the two groups would be duplicating efforts.