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Glendale City Council gives green light to new bike lane

Glendale City Council gives green light to new bike lane
Bicyclists participate in the second annual Bike-A-Thon/Hike-A-Thon fundraiser at the Glendale Sports Complex on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (Photo by Brian Park)

A new bike lane — the first of its kind in Glendale to be painted light green — will soon span a 1.3-mile stretch of Sonora Avenue, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the City Council.

Bike lanes are marked barriers on the pavement, which aim to give cyclists their own space away from motorists. The new lane, one component of a $131,000 street improvements project the council approved, will span Sonora between Glenoaks Boulevard and Garden Street.

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The project also includes the installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons where Brand Boulevard meets Windsor Road, Magnolia Avenue, Cypress and Laurel streets as a means to boost pedestrian safety when crossing the street.

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The entire project will be paid for through local grants and Measure R, said Public Works Director Roubik Golanian.

The improvements are part of the ongoing Bicycle Transportation Plan the city adopted in 2012.

"I'm really glad to see the bike program is continuing to move forward and we're investing a substantial amount of money into the infrastructure to make it safer [to] bicycle around the city and hopefully more and more people will bike around the city and get out of their cars," said Councilwoman Laura Friedman.

Councilman Zareh Sinanyan, who also supported the improvements, said he saw a bike facility at Glendale Community College that included an air pumping station for tires.

He asked whether it's something the city could look into, to which Golanian said his staffers would do so.

"I think City Hall would be a good place to start," he said. "We should put them up in many places."

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Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com

Twitter: @ArinMikailian

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