Chandler Bikeway

Smooth well-maintained surface

Chandler bikeway’s smooth well-maintained surface

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.

The beginning of the bikeway at Vineland

The beginning of the bikeway at Vineland

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.

 

Learning to ride without training wheels

Learning to ride without training wheels

A bicyclist works out his dog on the bikeway

A bicyclist works out his dog on the bikeway

Bicyclists enjoy the bikeway on a beautiful sunny day. Note the woman walking with a stroller in the walking lane.

Bicyclists enjoy the bikeway on a beautiful sunny day. Note the woman walking with a stroller in the walking lane.

Runners and walkers enjoy the pedestrian path.

Runners and walkers enjoy the pedestrian path.

Woman walking her dog and a stroller in the pedestrian only lane.

Woman walking her dog and a stroller in the pedestrian only lane.

 

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.

Flowers in bloom line parts of the bikeway

Flowers in bloom line parts of the bikeway

Family Outing, a bronze sculpture created by Gary Lee Price, was installed in Burbank on the Chandler Bikeway at Hollywood Way on May 3, 2007.

Family Outing, a bronze sculpture created by Gary Lee Price, was installed in Burbank on the Chandler Bikeway at Hollywood Way on May 3, 2007.

Murals line the bikeway to the right. This would be a great place for cafes, coffees shops and bakeries.

Murals line the bikeway to the right. This would be a great place for cafes, coffees shops and bakeries.

Mural at the bikeway. I think it has something to do with the internet. Your guess is as good as mine

Mural at the bikeway. I think it has something to do with the internet. Your guess is as good as mine

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.

Busy Cahuenga intersection at the bikeway

Busy Cahuenga intersection at the bikeway

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.

Trackwalker, a bronze sculpture created by artist Shiela Cavalluzzi, uses original tracks from a section of the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company railroad. To commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation, Trackwalker was installed on the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa Street on April 29, 2011. A  trainwalker would monitor the lines for debris and unsafe conditions.

Trackwalker, a bronze sculpture created by artist Shiela Cavalluzzi, uses original tracks from a section of the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company railroad. To commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation, Trackwalker was installed on the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa Street on April 29, 2011. A trainwalker would monitor the lines for debris and unsafe conditions.

Bikeway ends at the abandoned train tracks in the background to the left. The proposed Orange Light Rail would go through the tracks and displace the Chandler Bikeway.

Bikeway ends at the abandoned train tracks in the background to the left. The proposed Orange Light Rail would go through the tracks and displace the Chandler Bikeway.

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.

Only protected bike lane near LA. Too bad it's only a few feet long.

Only protected bike lane near LA. Too bad it’s only a few feet long.

Riverside Drive in the Burbank Rancho community

Riverside Drive in the Burbank Rancho community

Why don't we have these beg buttons along 4th street at Highland and Rossmore?!

Why don’t we have these beg buttons along 4th street at Highland and Rossmore?!

Many horses walk the streets in Rancho Burbank. It's like you're not in the City.

Many horses walk the streets in Rancho Burbank. It’s like you’re not in the City.

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.

Start of the LA River Trail

Start of the LA River Trail

 

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.

Jalapeño Cheddar bagels are the stars of this assortment

Jalapeño Cheddar bagels are the stars of this assortment

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.

 

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2 Responses to Chandler Bikeway

  1. mcas says:

    Minor quibble/correction: For LA County, there are two cycletracks. Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach. And Rosemead Blvd. in Temple City is a protected bikeway, opening on May 10th: http://rosemeadblvd.com

    • grrlyrida says:

      I knew about the ones in Temple City but didn’t know about the ones in Hermosa. I didn’t include Temple City because I know they haven’t officially opened. I have to check out the Hermosa Beach ones. Thanks for the correction.

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