City of Burbank Adopts Far-Reaching Bike Master Plan!

December 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Bike News | 6 Comments
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After a culmination of 6 years of research and community input, Burbank’s bike master plan was approved by city council last night! The newly adopted bike master plan, which was well-written and researched by Community Development planner staff Cory Wilkerson and David Kriske, now gives Burbank a framework upon which to build its bicycle infrastructure and community for the next 20 years.

Members of the Burbank and Burbank-adjacent communities offered their support in droves, citing the long-term needs of the community for safer and cleaner streets. They also lobbied for the current proposal to do a road-diet and stripe bike lanes on Verdugo Ave., which also received council approval, despite fears that car-driving residents would oppose the project.

Key in the Burbank bike master plan are 18 separate projects connecting streets in the city of Burbank to its adjacent cities including Glendale, North Hollywood, and Griffith Park.  Each of these projects will be up on a case-by-case review by the council and community members, but you can review it at burbankbike.org

Map of Proposed Bike Facilities

Unique in the plan were projects covering bicycle parking and bicycle safety education.  The bicycle parking requirements would include both bike racks for short-term parking and bike lockers for long-term parking along places of employment and transportation hubs.  Increased bicycle parking assures bicyclists of the safety of their bikes and increases the viability and visibility of biking as a transportation option.   Bicycle safety education would be taught in both BUSD (Burbank Unified School District) to youngsters and in adult education programs.

Recognizing the extraordinary reach, vision, and feasibility of the plan, Councilmembers Dave Golonski and Jess Talamantes and Mayor Gary Bric offered their full support.  Amidst initial concerns of the costlier aspects of the project, Councilmember Dr. David Gordon ultimately offered his support, making it a 4-0 unanimous approval.

While there was concerns of cost amongst council, Burbank’s master plan calls for the city to locate as much outside funding (while listing those sources) as possible.

The work on Burbank’s bike master plan offers a visionary model for bicycle planning in Los Angeles.  LACBC will make sure to keep up the inspirational momentum for better bike facilities  as the murky LA bike master plan saga continues.

Van Nuys Bike Plan Meeting Feedback

October 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 2 Comments
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On Monday October 26 at 5 P.M. a meeting was held in Van Nuys to gather public input for the LA Bike Plan. Here is excerpted feedback from Colin Bogart, LACBC staff.

Right from the start, I’m not impressed by a 5:00 pm start time. I’m hosting 5 community meetings in Glendale and I’ve done my best to schedule them at 7:00 pm whenever possible to ensure people can attend (6:30 pm at the earliest).

The equestrians showed up en masse to oppose any consideration of mountain biking in city parks or other off-road locations that are city owned or managed. In fact, the equestrians were calling for the complete removal of Chapter 3 (the mountain bike chapter) from the bike plan. The equestrians spent most of their time writing anti-mountain bike sentiments on at least one of the poster boards put up for public comment. I think Los Angeles is probably unique in that it has off-road riding opportunities within city limits. Does anyone know of other bike plans that include an off-road/moutain biking section? What is the possibility of keeping the mountain bike chapter in the plan but also encouraging the city to adopt that chapter into the Recreation Element of the City’s General Plan?

Burbank Bike Master Plan Meeting Last Week-Amazing Stuff!

October 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 3 Comments
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Let us say how super innovative this plan was–really good stuff! It would have made Pasadena and LA blush! Lots of bike paths (yes, Class 1!) were proposed and high interconnectivity especially between the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station and retail and schools. They briefly discussed that they will be having a LBC style Bikestation debut at the Metrolink Station next spring. There was about 25 people, at the Burbank Community Services Building on 10.01.

Burbank Western Channel Bike Path-Would Connect the Metrolink Station and The LA River Path

Burbank Western Channel Bike Path-Would Connect the Metrolink Station and The LA River Path

The planners, Cory Wilkerson and his boss, David Kriske, plan to submit it for adoption before Burbank City Council the first or second week of December. In the meanwhile, they said, all phone and email comments are welcome. People can see the maps and plan (and as a high quality PDF) online at burbankbike.org as well.

They absolutely need more people to attend meetings, and let their voices be known, because there are a lot of drivers in Burbank who often outnumber cyclists and derail plans at public hearing meetings. This happened at the last meeting they did to show the plan off last October.

Upcoming meetings include 10.12 to review the Verdugo Ave. bike blvd. proposal (mainly with residents along that corridor, but others can weigh in too) at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank  (For those that are interested, email Cory for the time–CWilkerson@ci.burbank.ca.us) and the Traffic Commission, which consists mostly of traffic engineers, but still important to speak at, on 10.22 at 4pm in the council chambers.

Download the plan here: http://burbankusa.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3482

Valley Volunteers and Cyclists Needed!

May 27, 2008 at 11:39 pm | Posted in Get Involved, LACBC Events | 1 Comment
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WHAT: LACBC and Metro are working on a plan to improve bike and walk access to the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station. Be ready to do a short bike or walk tour to give key input on the plan!

WHEN: Saturday, May 31st, 10am-1pm, Free Lunch with RSVP

WHERE: Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Conference Room 1A (Corner of Sylvan and Van Nuys)

Bike parking available

RSVP: If you can volunteer or attend, please contact Dorothy Le Dorothy@la-bike.org or 213 629 2142.

More info about LACBC: www.la-bike.org

More info about Metro bike planning: http://www.metro.net/projects_plans/bikeway_planning/default.htm

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