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August 30, 2012
Before insisting that increasing the number of bicycle lanes and "road diets" are the way to go, Glendale officials should consider appropriate safety issues. Cyclists must follow accepted traffic rules. I have seen too many cyclists who have blown through stop signs and traffic lights, impede right turns for autos and other cyclists, jump onto and off sidewalks, veer in front of car traffic without looking to go around a parked car; and ride side-by side talking and frequently meandering to the left.
NEWS
February 4, 2011
Making Glendale bike-friendly is a great idea (“Bike-friendly road plan progressing,” Jan. 28). The only problem is that creating bicycle lanes on city streets does not make bicycling safe. Glenoaks has had bike lanes for years, but I would be afraid to use those lanes for the fear of being run down by a driver who is texting. As often as I have driven along Glenoaks, I have very rarely seen bicyclists in those designated lanes. The only safe bike lane would be one that is totally separated from automobiles.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | September 27, 2010
GLENDALE — Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, a bicyclist sped through Glenoaks Boulevard and Grandview Avenue. Minutes later, two women donning workout attire jogged past the same corner. In turn, Pasadena City College student Alberto Luna made sure to mark three hash marks on his clipboard. Luna also noted the direction they were traveling and the fact that the cyclist was wearing a helmet and traveling on the street as opposed to the sidewalk. Luna was one of dozens of volunteers manning street corners throughout Glendale on Saturday morning for the city's second annual bicyclist and pedestrian count.
NEWS
September 13, 2010
Sharrows aren't safe for cyclists I'm a bit confused over the thanks to the City Council for the bicycle sharrows on Chevy Chase Drive that seem to be placed in the middle of the street ("Bicyclist appreciates council move," Sept. 7). If Scott Peer is sincere and does in fact commute to work on a bicycle, he must be one of the only ones. I drive that road multiple times daily and can honestly say I've rarely seen a bicycle on that part of Chevy Chase — maybe these sharrows were meant for him. I'm all for pedestrian safety, but the placement of the sharrows doesn't seem to provide any new area for bicycles.
THE818NOW
November 15, 2011
Bicyclists got their own parking structure Monday at the Metrolink station in downtown Burbank -- a secure building with 40 parking stalls, a repair stand and other features that officials say should entice more people to use public transit. A longtime gripe among cyclists in the L.A. region has been the lack of accommodations for their bikes at public transit hubs, but Burbank and state transportation officials on Monday touted the so-called Bike Stop a major leap in convenience.
NEWS
May 12, 2011
I was taken aback by Phillip Pilgram's letter (“Police should cite errant bicyclists,” May 12) which concludes by stating that bicyclists who break vehicle codes should “finally grow up and act like responsible adults.” Like Pilgram, I don't like seeing bicyclists who break traffic regulations. However, unlike Pilgram, I have been cycling to work and on errands in and around Glendale for decades, totaling about a thousand miles a year. Bicycling reduces pollution, benefits health and also reduces traffic and road surface wear and tear.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 20, 2011
CITY HALL — Commissioners next week are slated to review a draft report aimed at making streets more inviting for bicyclists and safer for pedestrians in one of the last stops before the much-anticipated policy document reaches the City Council. The so-called "Safe and Healthy Streets Plan" is the result of two years of community outreach and development under a $305,000 grant awarded to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in 2008. Through the grant, coalition liaison Colin Bogart has been a regular fixture in Glendale, meeting with residents and city officials to discuss ways to best improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians.
NEWS
By By Vince Lovato | October 15, 2005
All the cyclists participating in Tour of Hope have been affected by the disease in some way.It was the ride of his life. But more importantly to him, it was the ride for his son's life. La Cañada resident Doron Kochavi, whose son, Ari, is a brain-cancer survivor, bicycled 3,300 miles, from San Diego to Washington D.C., in nine days with 23 other cyclists and seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong. All the cyclists in the third Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Ride Across America, designed to raise cancer awareness, have been affected by the disease.
NEWS
November 9, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Local cyclists want to put the wheels in motion to make city streets more bicycle-friendly. City Councilman Gus Gomez has asked that a suggestion by the Glendale Chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition be put on a future City Council agenda. The group has called for a bicycle advisory committee that would update Glendale's Bicycle Master Plan. This would position the city to tap into a county fund that bankrolls projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters.
NEWS
By christopher Cadelago | April 11, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — As part of an uphill dash to keep pace with a growing number of bicycle-friendly communities across the Southland, avid cyclists and pedestrians Saturday took to the street to improve a key cross-town corridor. About 25 volunteers dedicated their morning to planting 16 trees around Maple Park in Glendale in an effort to transform the Riverdale-Maple corridor into a better, greener pedestrian and bicycle route. About 100 new trees will be planted along Maple Street, Riverdale Drive, Rock Glen and Lincoln Avenue, officials said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
A cyclist whose right leg was partially amputated after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Griffith Park last year isn't letting the events of that tragic day stop him from prevailing in his new life's mission. Damian Kevitt was left wounded, but still remains resilient as he works to shed light on a traffic-safety issue plaguing several Los Angeles County cities - hit-and-run collisions. "It's not only about me. An entire city is starting to galvanize around the idea that it's unacceptable to hit and run," he said.
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NEWS
March 10, 2014
Good morning readers. Today is Monday, March 10. As you settle into the work week, check out these headlines from around the area:  Four strands of colorful beads dangled from Christopher Wilke's IV pole as he sat on the couch in his hospital room overlooking Los Angeles. The yellow beads - more than two dozen of them - represented the number of nights the 12-year-old Burbank resident has spent in the hospital in the last two months....
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By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.comandBy Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 10, 2014
A 25-year-old Glendale cyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday morning in a South Glendale neighborhood, police said. A witness reported that Melik Khanamiryan was riding at a “fast rate of speed” south on Glendale Avenue, near California Avenue, at about 7:10 a.m. when he failed to stop for a red light and entered the intersection, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. A motorist, who was identified as a 48-year-old Glendale woman, was reportedly driving eastbound on California Avenue and struck Khanamiryan.
NEWS
March 9, 2014
A cyclist died Sunday morning after running a red light at the corner of Glendale and California avenues and being hit by a car, police said. Sgt. Tom Lorenz said the crash occurred at about 7 a.m. The cyclist, a man in his mid-twenties who was not immediately identified, died at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Lorenz said a witness at the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf saw the cyclist, headed south on Glendale Avenue, run a red light before being struck by a car headed east.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
More than a dozen bicyclists riding without required lights were stopped this week in downtown Glendale and gifted a set of lights during a traffic safety operation. The light donation was part of Operation Firefly, an effort carried out by Walk Bike Glendale on Tuesday to ensure cyclists were riding safely at night, group member Nathalie Winiarski said. Nearly all cyclists who rode past Winiarski and a group of volunteers at the intersection of California Avenue and Brand Boulevard didn't have lights, even though they knew lights were required.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
Good morning readers. Grab a cup of coffee, get ready for the week ahead and catch up on local news and events. Today is Monday, Dec. 9. Fans continue to pay tribute to native Glendalians Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. The "Fast and Furious" actor and his longtime friend died in a car crash Nov. 30.  Glendale News-Press / Los Angeles Times A federal jury rejected Glendale police Lt. Tigran Topadzhikyan's claim that he was discriminated agianst because of his ethnicity.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
California Highway Patrol officials say they are nowhere closer to finding a motorist who ran down and badly-injured a cyclist near Griffith Park as they were when it happened nearly two months ago. On Feb. 17, Damian Kevitt, 36, was hit by a minivan on Zoo Drive and dragged 600 feet under the carriage until he was dislodged on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway onramp. Doctors were forced to amputate a portion of his right leg. Since the hit-and-run incident, investigators have exhausted all leads and there have been no new developments in the case, despite a $25,000 reward , CHP Officer Kevin Denmon said on Thursday.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
Authorities on Monday announced a $25,000 reward for details leading to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run motorist who struck and severely-injured a 36-year-old cyclist riding near Griffith Park. The reward from the Los Angeles City Council comes two weeks after the cyclist, Damian Kevitt, was hit on Feb. 17 on westbound Zoo Drive. He was dragged 600 feet under the motorist's minivan until he was dislodged on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway onramp. PHOTOS: Cyclists' mother pleads public for hit-and-run help The motorist reportedly accelerated when he struck Kevitt as he was trying to flee the scene.
NEWS
March 2, 2013
How tragic that it takes the recent hit-and-run accident involving cyclist Damian Kevitt to bring to light the poorly planned “connection” between Phase One of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk and the existing Los Angeles River bike path. This river/freeway overpass where Riverside Drive and Zoo Drive intersect was an accident waiting to happen, as Kevitt's tragic incident shows. The recently opened Narrows Riverwalk is a welcome addition for cyclists along the north side of the Los Angeles River, but with just a half mile of trail on this side of the river, the river's overpass on Riverside Drive beckons cyclists to connect to the more extensive Los Angeles River bike path.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
The mother of a 36-year-old Los Angeles cyclist whose right leg was amputated after being hit and then dragged 600 feet by a van pleaded for the driver to turn himself in to authorities. Michele Kirkland's son, Damian Kevitt, has already undergone four surgeries since he was struck on Feb. 17 near the Zoo Drive on-ramp at Griffith Park and dragged onto the Golden State (5) Freeway before becoming dislodged and left behind, his body broken and bleeding. Doctors also might have to amputate his left foot.
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