City crews are in the process of restriping Glendale Boulevard in the heart of Atwater Village to make room for bike lanes in both directions. The lanes will be installed between Glenhurst Avenue to just north of Seneca Avenue near the Glendale city limit, said Nate Baird, Bicycle Coordinator with the city’s Department of Transportation.
The installation of bike lanes through the busy commercial area has not generated the opposition or complaints that proposed bike lanes have generated in Eagle Rock or Highland Park. That may because the bike lanes on Glendale Boulevard won’t require the removal of traffic lanes. “The vehicle lanes will just be slightly more narrow than before; there will be no loss of vehicle lanes or parking,” Baird said.
However, the lack of response to the new lanes may also be a result of the lack of notice to the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council or the Atwater Chamber of Commerce, which were not told the Glendale Boulevard bike lanes were coming, according to members who contacted The Eastsider when they noticed the restriping under way.
One board member noted that bike lanes are not called for under the Glendale Boulevard Street Plan, a document created by community members and city officials to guide improvements and changes to the street and sidewalks. “I’m stumped by this,”he said.