As you may recall, last fall we held a series of Community Input Meetings to help us develop the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan – a set of policy recommendations to encourage and support biking and walking that we will be asking the City to adopt. We’ve completed the “public draft” of the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan and now it’s available for your review. This is a living document that we expect to revise many times from now until the end of the year. You can download a PDF copy of the Draft Safe & Healthy Streets Plan by clicking here.
The City of Glendale and the LA County Bicycle Coalition will host two public meetings to get your feedback on the Draft Safe & Healthy Streets Plan. If you can attend these meetings, we encourage you to review the plan and come tell us what you think. All are welcome to the meetings.
If you can’t attend either of the meetings and would like to offer your feedback, please e-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of the meetings in October.
Safe & Healthy Streets Public Feedback Meeting #1
Monday October 25, 2010
Glendale Central Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard St.
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Safe & Healthy Streets Public Feedback Meeting #2
Wednesday October 27, 2010
Sparr Heights Community Center
1613 Glencoe Way
7:00 – 8:30 pm
We look forward to seeing you in October!
Glendale Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Success
Once again we’ve successfully completed a bicyclist and pedestrian count here in Glendale. Thanks to over 80 volunteers, we’ve recorded the activity of bicyclists and pedestrians at 26 different locations city-wide during typical weekday morning and afternoon commute times and on a Saturday morning. The Glendale News Press published an article about the count which you can read here. We’d like to thank the Alex Theatre, Glendale Massage Envy, and Nestle USA for donating gift items for the volunteers.
A report including data from this year’s count as well as last year will be released in early 2011. In the meantime, here are a few preliminary results.
This year’s weather was a little unusual compared to 2009. Wednesday September 22 was cool and overcast, especially in the morning, while Saturday September 25 was the first day of a heat wave that peaked on Monday with the highest temperature ever recorded in downtown Los Angeles. By comparison, both days in September 2009 were sunny and mild.
Based on a selection of five intersections for bicyclists and four intersections for pedestrians, the overall numbers for bicyclists and pedestrians were down this year compared to 2009. If this proves to be the case for the entire count, it could have been due to the weather this year.
The five bicyclist intersections we’ve compared to date are: Central & Stocker (2009 – 22, 2010 – 14), Chevy Chase & Maple (2009 – 70, 2010 – 56), Flower & Sonora (2009 – 200, 2010 – 181), Foothill & Pennsylvania (2009 – 50, 2010 – 31), and Glenoaks & Grandview (2009 – 105, 2010 – 77).
The four pedestrian intersections we’ve compared to date are: Brand & Broadway (2009 – 2,520, 2010 – 2,214), Glendale & Wilson (2009 – 1,329, 2010 – 1,317), Honolulu & Ocean View (2009 – 1,686, 2010 – 1,539), and Los Feliz & San Fernando (2009 – 1,251, 2010 – 1,099).
This year Flower & Sonora still appears to be the highest volume location for bicyclists. For pedestrians, Brand & Broadway may be the highest volume again, but we still need to complete a weekday count at Central & Americana Way, a new intersection for this year’s count.
Glendale Walk to School Day is Wednesday October 6, 2010
Last year, R.D. White Elementary hosted a hugely successful Walk to School Day event as part of International Walk to School Day. This year, Glendale’s Walk to School Day celebration is set to be even bigger and better with 16 schools confirmed as of September 29. Walk to School Day is part of an ongoing Safe Routes to School effort which encourages children to walk or bike to school on a regular basis. If your children or your friends’ children attend a school in Glendale, get involved! Tell your friends! For more information and to participate, contact your local school, go to the Walk to School USA website, or contact Kara Sergile at kysergile(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.
Army of Pink
Glendale Adventist Medical Center is helping to raise money to fight cancer through the Army of Pink promotion, October 1-26, 2010. Go to the Glendale Army of Pink website and vote for your favorite “Glendale Recruit” and Glendale Adventist will donate $1 for each vote to the Glendale Relay for Life. It’s free and you can vote as often as you like!
CicLAvia is an event in which 7.5 miles of streets in the City of Los Angeles will be closed to cars so people can enjoy the streets on foot or by bicycle. Inspired by “Ciclovia”, the original street closure event in Bogota, Columbia, similar events are now being held in New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco to name a few. CicLAvia will be the inaugural event for the City of Los Angeles. CicLAvia is free and you can bet it will be huge. CicLAvia will be held on Sunday October 10 from 10 am to 3 pm. For more details go to the CicLAvia website.
A note about the Denver B-Cycle Program
We were going to post a piece about Denver’s B-Cycle bike sharing program as a follow-up to Ardy Kassakhian’s piece about Bixi in Montreal, but there’s so much going on right now that we’re postponing the B-Cycle piece until next time. Check back for that soon.
Other important dates to remember
Los Angeles Bike Plan remaining public hearings end October 2
Glendale Healthier Community Coalition - Community Needs Assessment, Wednesday October 6, 9 am at the Glendale Adult Recreation Center (stop by after Walk to School Day)
LACBC Regional Groups meeting, Wednesday October 6, 7 pm, 634 S. Spring Street, downtown L.A.