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Glendale City Council to take up new bike plan

August 28, 2012 |  8:20 am

Glendale bicycles

With less than 1% of Glendale commuters biking to work, the City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to consider a $5.8-million improvement plan designed to encourage more people to use a two-wheeler to get to the office.

Listed among the improvements in the 225-page Bicycle Transportation Plan is about 100 more miles of bike lanes, paths and routes — roughly five times more than what exists now.

The bicycle plan comes after two years of community outreach and studies on how to make biking more attractive in Glendale.

Some parts of the plan, however, have sparked controversy, particularly "road diets," or slimming streets by one lane in each direction to make way for bike lines.

Last month, Glendale’s first such road diet proposed for Montrose was rejected after a group of residents strongly opposed slimming down Honolulu Avenue from Ramsdell to Sunset avenues, contending it would would back up traffic along the one-mile stretch of road.

The City Council on Tuesday plans to review eight other sites to replace the Honolulu Avenue stretch.

Solid-colored bike lanes — like the lime green ones in downtown Los Angeles — also brought some criticism, with several council members saying they don’t like the aesthetics.

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-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

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Photo: Glendale residents on a recent Bike to School Day. Credit: Times Community News

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