Final Vote to Keep or Kill Burbank Bike Lanes September 20th!September 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 2 Comments
In July 2010, we posted a story about the new bike lanes on Verdugo Ave. in Burbank. The lanes were part of a new, temporary road restriping that eliminated one travel lane in each direction in favor of adding a center turn lane and bike lanes. In November 2010, the Burbank City Council reviewed the project and voted to keep the configuration on a temporary basis to allow further study (video here). At the November meeting, the Council received petitions both supporting and opposing the project. A few people spoke against the project, but many more spoke in favor of it; some of the supporters weren’t even cyclists.
Now the Burbank City Council is scheduled to vote for or against making the bike lanes and center turn lane on Verdugo Ave. permanent. We haven’t seen the staff report yet, but we do know that Burbank City Staff recommends keeping the current configuration as well as accepting a grant for additional safety improvements. A yes vote from Council is not guaranteed. Your support is needed, especially if you live, work, or go to school in the area surrounding Verdugo Ave. The meeting agenda and staff report should be posted online sometime today (Friday) on the City of Burbank’s website. If you can’t attend the meeting, please send an e-mail by noon on Tuesday expressing your support for the project to CityCouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us
Sample e-mail text:
Dear Mayor Talamantes and Council Members:
I support the bike lanes on Verdugo Ave. and urge you to vote in favor of making the current configuration permanent. The road restriping on Verdugo Ave. makes it safer for all road users and is consistent with the City’s Bicycle Master Plan as well as the California Complete Streets Act. Bike lanes on Verdugo Ave. encourage healthy, active lifestyles and help to make bicycling a viable transportation option in Burbank. Thank you for your support.
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If you can attend the City Council meeting, here are the details:
Burbank City Council Meeting
275 East Olive Ave., Burbank, CA Map