The dedicated pathway will make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to connect with schools, parks and the transportation center, she added.
City officials are pursuing roughly $982,000 in grant funds to complement $3 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Burbank is pursuing $982,109 in additional lighting and landscaping funds, which would come from the state Strategic Growth Council Urban Greening Project Program, said Assistant Transportation Planner Cory Wilkerson.
The South Channel Bikeway would provide a strong link between the Lake-Alameda, Elmwood and Verdugo Focus neighborhoods, which are congested and relatively difficult to maneuver for buses.
“Those neighborhoods are hard to serve by transit, the streets are relatively narrow — it’s high-density residential,” Wilkerson said. “It’s not an easy way to run transit through there from an operational standpoint.”
The state could announce the award by early 2012, Wilkerson said. If Burbank wins the grant, it could be one to three months for the City Council to formally agree to accept the funds.
-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News
Photo: Rick Kogler, 26 of Canoga Park, rides his bike to work on the Chandler Bikeway near Mariposa St. on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Credit: Raul Roa / Staff Photographer