CHANDLER PARK — Residents on Sparks Street in Burbank are bemoaning a proposed bike route that would utilize their street to connect the Chandler Bikeway to the bike route along the Los Angeles River.
The route would run along Sparks before cutting across to Beachwood Drive via Alameda Avenue on its way to the river wash near Riverside Drive, Assistant Community Development Director Greg Herrmann said. The bike path would share the roadway with motorists — as opposed to being cordoned off completely — and would be designated by a painted line.
But Sparks residents complain that the route would bring more activity to the neighborhood, increasing traffic and creating parking problems.
"My biggest concern about it is that we're connecting a Burbank bike path with an L.A. bike path," Raymond Ferrante said. "There are 100,000 people in Burbank, but there's 3.5 million people in Los Angeles. So that says that there will be about 35 L.A. bikers to every one Burbank biker coming through my neighborhood. My concern is why are we inviting all these people from another town to come through my neighborhood."