Three years from now, if construction work goes as planned, Burbank will boast a new bike path that will provide a connection to the downtown Metrolink station from the existing Lake-Alameda path. This is good news for cyclists and pedestrians alike. It will also provide a host of benefits to the city, its businesses and the many residents who will gain from this project.
Naturally, there is a price tag involved — in this case an estimated $4.4 million. We understand the pause that might have given Vice Mayor David Gordon, who called the project’s cost “staggering,” especially in light of the fact that a path about twice its length, the Chandler Bikeway, was finished for $2.7 million. We appreciate Gordon’s awareness that the City Council must be cautious and disciplined when considering how Burbank’s dollars are spent. Sometimes you just have to put the brakes on spending.
But not in this case. Much of the new bike path, which will require more complex construction than did the Chandler Bikeway, will be grant funded, with $2.7 million coming from the state. We must take advantage of such opportunities to keep moving forward.