Glendale Stripes New Green Bike Lanes on Sonora Avenue

Glendale's new green bike lanes on Sonora Avenue. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Glendale’s new green bike lanes on Sonora Avenue. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

The city of Glendale recently completed installation of green pavement bike lanes on Sonora Avenue. These are the first green bike lanes in Glendale.

Glendale’s new green lanes run 1.3 miles from Garden Street to Glenoaks Boulevard. On the north end, the Sonora lanes connect with existing bike lanes on Glenoaks Boulevard. On the south end, the facility ends near Griffith Park’s Bette Davis Picnic Area, with connections to both Glendale’s and the city of Los Angeles’ L.A. River bike paths.

The city of L.A.’s river bike path in that vicinity is unfortunately temporarily closed due to construction projects on the 5 Freeway and the Riverside Drive Bridge. Detour signage routes cyclists onto the parallel Zoo Drive bike lanes in Griffith Park. 

Map of city of Glendale's bicycle and pedestrian improvements being implemented in 2016. Map via city of Glendale
Map of city of Glendale’s bicycle and pedestrian improvements being implemented in 2016. Map via city of Glendale
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon example from Davis, CA. Photo by Lara Justine via Flickr
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) example from Davis, CA. Photo by Lara Justine via Flickr

Sonora’s new bike lanes are part of a suite of bicycle and pedestrian enhancements currently being implemented on Glendale Streets. The work program was approved by the Glendale City Council in February, 2016.

The program improvements consist of primarily low-hanging fruit – projects that are easily implemented because they do not remove lanes from drivers. The bike projects include mostly sharrowed bike routes, with the only new bike lanes on Sonora Avenue. The pedestrian projects include new curb ramps and new high visibility Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons.

See the full construction project list at the city of Glendale website.

The freshly painted Sonora Avenue bike lanes are pleasantly highly-visible. They narrow existing car lanes, which should result in greater safety through reduced car speeds and better car positioning. At some intersections, the green lanes end and are replaced by sharrows.

At some intersections, Glendale’s Sonora Avenue bike lanes give way to sharrows. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Though these are the first green bike lanes in the city of Glendale, green pavement (often tagged as #freshkermit) is already in place in numerous Southern California cities. The city of L.A. premiered green bike lanes in downtown and Boyle Heights in late 2011. The cities of Santa Monica, Lancaster, Long Beach, and others have implemented plenty of green pavement facilities for bicyclist safety and visibility.

(Thanks to @graphikdeziner for sharing a short video of the installation of the Sonora lanes on Instagram.)

  • Its ridiculous that they couldnt remove 2 spots of parking at the intersection to continue the lane

  • D G Spencer Ludgate

    Actually – Yes the parking spots should be removed. But you do not want to continue the lane. It will create a “Coffin Corner” conflict with right turning vehicles. It is safer to merge in the general traffic lane.

    And remember do not do what the cyclist in the California jersey is doing. Stay out of the door zone and do not weave in and out of parked cars. On this lane it is safest to ride just inside the left stripe to lower the risk of a dooring.

  • tomes

    Just rode this today. It’s my 3rd time in a few weeks (I don’t go from glendale to Burbank regularly) and this has replaced my prior route due to its greatness. Echoing Jass that it sucks they didn’t remove the parking spots but maybe one day. Thanks for your work LACBC and Walk Bike Glendale and others!!!


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