Policies, programs, and procedures are critical tools for making Glendale a better place for walking; these are already in place or in the works!
Downtown Mobility Study (2007)
The Downtown Mobility Study builds on the vision outlined in the Downtown Specific Plan. It aims to create an efficient, pleasant, multimodal downtown transportation system that supports economic vitality, decreases traffic congestion, and creates a vibrant pedestrian-friendly environment. The study calls for the prioritization of pedestrians in Glendale’s planning and engineering decisions to genuinely implement the Downtown Specific Plan.
Key concepts for the downtown study area include:
- Creating a street typology designating pedestrian-, transit-, and auto-priority streets and revising level of service (LOS) criteria
- Limiting future road widening to auto-priority streets
- Enhancing connections between local and regional transit service
- Maximizing current parking availability through signs and pricing strategies
- Strengthening transportation demand management
- Creating a downtown transportation fund for transit and streetscape improvements
Safe and Healthy Streets Plan (2011)
Glendale’s Safe and Healthy Streets Plan provides direction for the development of the Pedestrian Plan. Through its recommended policies, programs, and resources, the Safe and Healthy Streets Plan seeks a new vision of Glendale where residents live safer, healthier lives by walking and riding a bicycle for both transportation and recreation. This vision promotes the creation a transportation network that meets the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as motor vehicles.
Recommendations are framed by the 5 Es of pedestrian planning:
Education, for example, aims to educate and inform residents about pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Policies to achieve this goal include establishing pedestrian and bicycle safety training programs in collaboration with all schools in Glendale and educating motorists through enhanced driver education programs.
Circulation Element of the City of Glendale’s General Plan (1998)
The Circulation Element addresses both transportation and recreational bicycle and pedestrian travel with an emphasis on the role of bicycling and walking as a general means of transportation.
North Glendale Community Plan (2011)
Since publishing the 1998 update to the Circulation Element, the city has been completing updates to the General Plan by geographic region. The North Glendale Plan incorporated a Complete Streets approach and supports a pedestrian-friendly North Glendale through its goals of providing an alternative to automotive transportation by designing healthy, attractive, safe streets for people using all modes.
South Glendale Community Plan and Tropico Center Plan (Draft)
The South Glendale Plan is in progress. The plan aims to accommodate all people using Glendale’s roadways, improving safety, public health, and quality of life. Increasing pedestrian safety is of primary importance, with support to expand Safe Routes to School programs to all schools in South Glendale. The Tropico Center Plan is a neighborhood-focused study outlining design guidelines, zoning designations, and parking standards for the Tropico neighborhood surrounding the Glendale Transportation Center.
Downtown Specific Plan (2006)
The Downtown Specific Plan is a set of policies, incentives, and requirements that establish the desired physical vision for Downtown Glendale. The plan seeks to strengthen downtown Glendale’s pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-oriented characteristics while ensuring vehicular access to downtown destinations.
Compass Blueprint Strategic Plan (2003)
The Compass Blueprint is a set of eight strategies from the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Regional Comprehensive Plan to improve livability and sustainability in Glendale.
Greener Glendale Plan (2012)
The Greener Glendale Plan sets the city’s environmental policy direction, including conservation efforts within city government and ways the city can help the community improve livability and conservation.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Report (2013)
The 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Report measured bicycle and pedestrian volumes, evaluated collision locations, and provided recommendations to improve safety for all people using Glendale’s roadways.
Glendale Safe Routes to School Program (Ongoing)
Education, encouragement, and infrastructure improvement efforts are in progress to improve safe access to Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) schools by bike or on foot.
Space 134 Community Outreach (Ongoing)
Space 134 is a concept study for a “freeway cap” park over SR-134/Ventura Freeway between Central and Glendale Avenues and part of a larger Glendale SCAG project. The park would create public open space and pedestrian- and bike-friendly trails and connections in the core of the city.
Glendale Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
Since 2004, the City of Glendale has implemented a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to apply traffic-calming measures and devices in residential areas.
Pedestrian Safety Advisory Task Force Recommendations (2014)
The Pedestrian Safety Advisory Task Force convened in early 2014 and participated in the Pedestrian Safety Action Planning Workshop. Pedestrian safety improvement recommendations from the Task Force were approved by City Council.
Citywide Trails Master Plan (2008)
The Citywide Trails Master Plan establishes guidelines for multi-purpose (pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian) trail development, trailhead design, public access to open space and park areas, signage, and volunteer programs. In addition, detailed maps and plans for trails within the Verdugo Mountains, the San Rafael Hills, and the San Gabriel Mountains were approved by City Council in early 2008.
Glendale Bicycle Transportation Plan (2012)
The 2012 Bicycle Transportation Plan proposed measures to improve bicycle facilities in Glendale, including improving existing facilities, constructing new routes, and installing secure parking. The plan also recommends expanding local educational and advocacy programs.