After going to an appointment in the Valley, Google Maps indicated that there’s a protected bikeway less than a mile away. Instead of jumping on the Red line like I usually do, I went on an adventure to check out the Chandler Bikeway.
Chandler Bikeway runs 1.91 miles east and west along side Chandler Boulevard and just east of the NoHo Train Station. Beginning at Vineland and ending at N. Victory Boulevard at abandoned train tracks one block before downtown, it lies between the eastbound and westbound Chandler Boulevard traffic lanes.
Leaving the train station and going east via Chandler the street ends at Vineland before beginning again. After making the left at Vineland, look to your right. There you’ll see a park bench at the driveway’s apron. This is the beginning of The Chandler Bikeway.
This isn’t anything like our LA River Trail. This is clean and I feel much safer. Chandler Bikeway also attracts a diverse group of users where LA River Trail attracts a lot of the spandex crowd. I didn’t see a lot of that here. There are women pushing strollers, teenagers skateboarding, couples walking and a guy riding his bike alongside of his golden retriever.
There’s a eastbound and a westbound bike lane to the left of the trail as I’m riding east. To the right of me is a lane for walkers only.
On the righthand side of the trail there are murals painted on the industrial warehouse walls depicting the history of Burbank. As I rode down the well maintained roadway there are sculptures of bicyclists, flowers in bloom and shade trees.
Where the bikeway crosses the roadway, cars actually stop at the light or stop signs when making their right hand turns. They cross the intersection gingerly when making a left. That behavior is unheard of in Los Angeles, because cars are in a hurry and too impatient to watch for anyone other that another car–and barely that. This is a good example how walking and biking infrastructure make the neighborhood and roadway safer. The drivers have been well trained because their children, their neighbor’s children and probably they use the bike way themselves.
I rode to its terminus at Victory Boulevard. I could see the tall buildings in the background of downtown Burbank and abandoned train tracks ahead to my left. This is where the proposed Orange Line Light Rail would go through if it’s ever approved.
Since I rode nearly 2 miles from the train station I made a left back at Keystone Street. It is a low traffic, tree-lined residential street. The road heads downhill most of the way south. Once I reach Disney Studios I make a right to again head east on Riverside Drive. There’s a bike lane on Riverside Drive which ends at Victory near Griffith Park. In the Rancho Burbank community they have a unique treatment to prevent cars from rolling through the stop signs and hitting equestrians, walkers and bikers. They have bulb outs at each intersection with a short protected pathway connected to each. It’s the only protected bikeway I’ve seen in the county.
As I turned right on Victory here’s where the street became dangerous as the cars queued up to enter the 5. Fortunately it was a virtually parking lot so I was able to make the left into LA River Trail. From there it was a easy ride back to Silverlake.
As I was riding down the LA River Trail, I thought a great placement for another bikeway like Chandler would be at the median on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Right now it’s wasted space. This would make that dangerous street much safer and the community healthier.
A section of Chandler Bikeway, where the murals line the path is ripe for development. I envision a cafe where you can buy a bagel sandwich and an expresso. A safe place to relax, people watch away from potential conflicts with automobiles. This would be a great space for a People Street treatment.
When I bake bagels the most popular is the Jalapeño Cheddar bagel. Here’s an assortment I baked for an event. The key to a chewy bagel is the dunking water. Some bakers use malt syrup in their water. I use honey. It makes my bagels chewy with a shiny golden brown topping. Like anything, it’s actually a personal preference. I’ve seen where some use nothing but filtered water.