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Glendale to spend up to $100,000 on street improvements for bicyclists

September 13, 2013|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • A bicyclist pedals down Sonara St. near Victory Blvd. in Glendale on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
A bicyclist pedals down Sonara St. near Victory Blvd.… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Despite opposition from Mayor Dave Weaver, the Glendale City Council approved spending up to $100,000 on a variety of street improvements to make city roads safer for bicyclists.

Weaver said he opposed the proposal because its specifics had not been brought before the public, although it had been laid out in an August 2012 Bicycle Transportation Plan adopted by the council.

The remainder on the dais OK’d the project, with Councilwoman Laura Friedman absent.

The project includes installing bike route signs and pavement markings that indicate the road is shared by both bicycles and cars along several street sections throughout the city. These include: Honolulu Avenue between Boston and Pennsylvania avenues, Honolulu Avenue between Pennsylvania and Orangedale avenues, Doran Street between San Fernando Road and Columbus Avenue, and Cerritos Avenue between Gardena and Glendale avenues.

Weaver has long opposed bicycle-specific additions he believes would be detrimental to cars.

When city officials proposed a road diet in Montrose last year, which would reduce car lanes to add bike lanes, the council rejected the plan because a loud contingent of North Glendale residents opposed the change.

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City Councilman Frank Quintero said he supported the signage and markings project, which is phase one of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, because it would impact drivers the least.

“Of all the options of creating a bikeway, this is the least intrusive for motorists,” he said.

Meanwhile, Walk, Bike Glendale, an advocacy group that has been pushing city officials to be more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, is planning to conduct a count of bicyclists and pedestrians passing through 65 locations throughout the city at various times this month.

The city conducted a similar count in 2010. That count showed an overall decrease of 5% for pedestrians to 16,249 and 7% for bicyclists to 2,022 when compared to a 2009 analysis, although some studied intersections did experience increases of more than 60% for bicyclists, according to a city report.

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