Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan Approved!April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Bike News | 7 Comments
The Glendale City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. “The Safe and Healthy Streets Plan is a comprehensive blueprint with solutions for making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The full implementation of this plan will help get people out of their cars and onto sidewalks and bikes, making Glendale a healthier, safer, more livable city,” says Mayor Laura Friedman, who has supported walking and biking in Glendale since her election to Council two years ago. All five Councilmembers were present and voted yes. Councilmembers Frank Quintero, Ara Najarian, and Rafi Manoukian all spoke positively about the pedestrian and bicycle improvements promoted by the Plan. We’d like to thank all the Councilmembers for their yes vote!
We’d also like to thank Glendale City Staff members and all of the individuals and groups in the community who have supported the Safe & Healthy Streets project over the last two and a half years. We’d especially like to thank the people who attended the Council meeting, twelve of whom spoke, as well as those who sent letters to Council urging a yes vote for the Plan. Thank you!
You can watch the Glendale City Council meeting video by clicking here (fast forward to 41 minutes) and you can read coverage of the meeting and the Plan’s approval in the Glendale News-Press article here.
As indicated in Mayor Friedman’s comments, the next step for Safe & Healthy Streets is implementation of the Plan. To give you an idea of what this means for Glendale, a few of the policies and programs recommended for implementation in the first two years include:
- Establish a Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee
- Establish City-organized rides and walks (CicLAvia anyone?)
- Create a simple pocket-guide of bicycle and pedestrian laws for Glendale
- Create bicycle and pedestrian maps for Glendale
- Launch and maintain a City website with pedestrian and bicycle safety information, maps, and resources
- Establish bicycle helmet and light distribution programs in lieu of issuing citations
You can review all of the policies in the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan as well as the implementation timeline in the Action Plan Chapter by clicking here.
- Colin Bogart