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By Veronica Rocha | April 18, 2014
Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months. The figure is specifically distressing to Daniel Mehrabian because his grandfather was one of those men killed. "I wasn't ready to lose him," he said. Determined to find answers as to why pedestrians, particularly seniors, are being killed by vehicles in Glendale, Mehrabian sat down with community stakeholders Thursday night at the highly-anticipated UC Berkeley pedestrian workshop to discuss the city's enduring traffic safety problem.
NEWS
January 8, 2011
This week saw another assault on Glendale's perpetually abysmal pedestrian safety record: new high-tech roadway warning signs, and tri-language paint markers at busy intersections reminding pedestrians to watch out for oncoming traffic. This is what city officials have been forced into: painting basic safety messages on the road to remind adults what children are taught early on — to look both ways before crossing. The entire message is so elementary that it continues to boggle the mind as to how tragic pedestrian-involved collisions occur seemingly every week.
NEWS
December 15, 2010
Cars injure and kill our children ("Wilson student injured in collision," Dec 7). In the last two months, three students have been hit by cars in front of Glendale schools (Rosemont Middle School, John Muir Elementary and Wilson Middle School). Neither drivers nor pedestrians are paying attention while driving and walking around our schools. Pedestrian safety must become the highest priority for parents, students, school administrators and the entire Glendale community. Bottom line — cars and children do not mix. We would like to make all Glendale residents aware of a national program called Safe Routes to School ( http://www.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 1, 2011
CITY HALL — Roughly a third of Glendale’s bicyclists don’t use helmets, while more than 20% ride on sidewalks, according to a recent citywide survey of cyclists and pedestrians. The count — during which dozens of volunteers manned 26 street corners during a morning and evening weekday commute and a weekend morning — logged more than 2,000 cyclists and more than 15,000 pedestrians. The findings showed a continued need for public-safety campaigns to curb dangerous behaviors, said Colin Bogart, a liaison with the nonprofit Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition who oversaw the count as part of his work on a Safe and Healthy Streets plan.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Fourteen pedestrians - most of who were seniors and of Armenian descent - were killed in traffic-related collisions in the past five years in Glendale, a statistic that prompted a local Armenian organization to strengthen its outreach efforts. Glendale's chapter of the Armenian National Committee plans to work with city officials to visit adult day care centers in the city. The committee will also be airing its traffic safety discussion, which was held Thursday , on Armenian TV in an effort to get the word out about pedestrian safety.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 13, 2014
Police issued warnings and citations Thursday to dozens of people who were reportedly unlawfully dashing across Brand Boulevard. Twenty people were cited for reportedly failing to obey pedestrian signals at crosswalks along Brand and Central Avenue between Colorado Street and the Ventura (134) Freeway, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said. "Mostly, they were trying to get somewhere quickly," he said. While some pedestrians were cited, 18 people were issued warnings for the same violation.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Glendale's 2009 pedestrian safety record among seniors was the worst among similarly sized cities in California, according to figures released this week, despite concerted efforts to clamp down on the ongoing issue. The California Office of Traffic Safety figures, which were released this week, also ranked Glendale as having the third-worst overall record for pedestrian safety among cities with a population of 100,001 to 250,000. The city was ranked among 56 cities in 11 categories, which were based on the number of victims injured or killed in collisions involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists or alcohol.
LOCAL
By Zain Shauk | March 21, 2010
Police on Sunday continued an educational effort to encourage pedestrian safety in a year when the frequency of auto-pedestrian collisions is already troubling, officials said. A 49-year-old man was struck Jan. 1 and eventually died of injuries suffered in a hit-and-run collision with a driver who fled the scene. Then, a string of collisions on Central Avenue this month prompted concerns about pedestrians on a road with seven incidents a year ago, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. “What’s more disturbing: So far this year since January we’ve had four auto-pedestrian collisions” on Central, Smith said Sunday, as he prepared for a day of telling pedestrians how to cross streets safely.
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By Veronica Rocha | April 18, 2014
Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months. The figure is specifically distressing to Daniel Mehrabian because his grandfather was one of those men killed. "I wasn't ready to lose him," he said. Determined to find answers as to why pedestrians, particularly seniors, are being killed by vehicles in Glendale, Mehrabian sat down with community stakeholders Thursday night at the highly-anticipated UC Berkeley pedestrian workshop to discuss the city's enduring traffic safety problem.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
Walk Bike Glendale expresses its deep condolences to the family of Antranik Melkonian, the 86-year-old Glendale resident who was struck by a car and killed while crossing North Glendale Avenue last week . In just the first few months of this year, our city has already experienced three auto-related pedestrian or bicycle deaths. Our concern for pedestrian and bicycle safety increases with each of these unfortunate and preventable incidents. As a community of people who walk, bike and drive, we can do more to end preventable deaths like these.
NEWS
April 12, 2014
Less than 24 hours after Glendale's newly appointed Mayor Zareh Sinanyan commented on the need to increase safety in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists , Antranik Melkonian, 86, died Wednesday morning after he tried to illegally cross five lanes of traffic on busy North Glendale Avenue . He didn't make it to the other side of the street before he was hit by a passing motorist. The timing of his loss, coming so close on the heels of Sinanyan's remarks after accepting the gavel as our city's mayor, was a tragic irony.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
I opened my auto insurance bill yesterday and nearly had a heart attack. I've driven approximately the same miles as the year before, and have had no moving violations, accidents or claims in the past 50 years, yet my insurance bill went up over $200. I called my insurance company to inquire about this sudden raise, and guess what? The reason for this will probably affect all drivers in Glendale. The agent explained that since Glendale had high pedestrian deaths and accidents, as well as high drivers' accidents, all drivers in Glendale insured by this company will have their bill skyrocket.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 13, 2014
Police issued warnings and citations Thursday to dozens of people who were reportedly unlawfully dashing across Brand Boulevard. Twenty people were cited for reportedly failing to obey pedestrian signals at crosswalks along Brand and Central Avenue between Colorado Street and the Ventura (134) Freeway, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said. "Mostly, they were trying to get somewhere quickly," he said. While some pedestrians were cited, 18 people were issued warnings for the same violation.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Crosswalk stings are a start , but only a Band-Aid to the overriding pedestrian issues we face. At a community meeting last August, Deputy Director of Public Works Roubik Golanian said that the city is “mandated to provide a safe place to walk.” Unfortunately, this talk about pedestrian safety has proven to be little more than lip service. Instead of moving ahead with a planned installation of sidewalks on Alameda Avenue, a much-needed safety measure for our neighborhood's pedestrians, officials caved in to a few people unhappy about some tree removal.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Fourteen pedestrians - most of who were seniors and of Armenian descent - were killed in traffic-related collisions in the past five years in Glendale, a statistic that prompted a local Armenian organization to strengthen its outreach efforts. Glendale's chapter of the Armenian National Committee plans to work with city officials to visit adult day care centers in the city. The committee will also be airing its traffic safety discussion, which was held Thursday , on Armenian TV in an effort to get the word out about pedestrian safety.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
Six Glendale pedestrians died after having been struck by moving vehicles in 2013, a year when the Glendale Police Department logged a staggering 111 pedestrian-involved collisions. O ne has already died this year , putting 2014 off to a grim start indeed. This past week, as part of the city's ongoing efforts to curb this problem, another pedestrian-crosswalk sting was held that generated 28 tickets to drivers who ignored an undercover cop crossing a Glendale street. Obviously all efforts to date to educate the public about pedestrian safety have not been sufficient.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
After Lidiya Badalyan was struck in a crosswalk by a driver in July near Glendale High School, she was hospitalized for two months and remained in a full-body brace as she recovered from several broken bones. But life just isn't the same anymore for the 75-year-old resident, said her daughter, Lousine Sogomonian. Badalyan maintained an active lifestyle and worked out four times a week. But she now uses a walker and can't stand for long periods of time. While police are still investigating the incident, her daughter said pedestrian-involved collisions like her mother's incident have become frequent . “I see the problem is middle-aged drivers,” she said.
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