March 4, 2014
As the rains wash much of the remaining foliage onto lawns and streets, we are reminded to be aware of hidden hazards wet leaves create in our streets, especially for Burbank's burgeoning league of daily bicycle commuters. Regularly scheduled municipal street sweepings ordinarily keep these areas of the street clear and safe for bicyclists. But during this time of year especially, fallen wet leaves accumulating along street edges between sweepings create an imminent danger of sudden loss of directional control for bicycles.
February 25, 2014
City officials are asking for the public's feedback on the design of a bike and pedestrian path that will be built along the Burbank Western Channel from the downtown Burbank Metrolink station to Alameda Avenue, bridging a gap for cyclist commuters. A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the city's Administrative Services Building, located at 301 E. Olive Ave. At the meeting, city officials will present the results of a community survey analyzing the cycling habits and design preferences of people in the community.
January 7, 2014
Burbank police will host a bicycle registration event on Saturday, which will help authorities identify stolen bikes and return them to their owners if they are lost or stolen. Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., cyclists can bring their bikes to the Chandler Bikeway near Keystone Street to register their bikes in the department's database. Last year, roughly 140 bicycles were reported stolen in Burbank, down from 151 bicycles the year before, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick.
December 13, 2013
This post has been corrected, see below for details. More than 140 new and refurbished bikes were donated to local charities Friday on behalf of a growing team of local volunteers and city employees known as the Burbank Bike Angels. The team of roughly 60 volunteers has been collecting bikes year round. Since August, they have been dusting them off and fixing them up with new seats, tires, grips or chains. The bikes will be distributed through the Salvation Army of Burbank Angel Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to local low-income families.
December 11, 2012
More than 150 refurbished bicycles were donated to the Salvation Army on Tuesday by the Burbank Bike Angels, a group of 50 city employees and residents who have been greasing chains, brushing up rusty metal and fixing flat tires for more than three months. The holiday gifts will be distributed to Burbank families later this month. “What we find so heartening is the kids, of course, feel overjoyed to be getting such a big gift, but their parents also feel great about seeing their kid getting a gift when they may not have been able to afford something like that,” said Ferris Kawar, a city employee and Bike Angels volunteer.
September 12, 2012
Two brothers allegedly involved in a knife and bottle fight over a bicycle were arrested on Tuesday in the 1900 block of Victory Boulevard in Burbank, police said. Rodney Matheney, 50, allegedly used his brother Wilbert's bike without his permission. After an argument ensued, Wilbert, 48, allegedly armed himself with a knife; Rodney with a bottle and BBQ fork, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn. During the altercation, Rodney allegedly threw the bottle at Wilbert's Honda, shattering the rear window behind which Wilbert's grandmother was sitting, Ryburn said.
July 18, 2012
Bike thefts are on the rise in Burbank, police say, with 144 reported stolen so far this year. That number is more than the 127 bikes stolen from January to July 2011, - an increase of about 13%, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. “It's a pretty big issue right now,” he said, adding it was a crime trend police were trying combat. The majority of stolen bikes are left unattended or unlocked, Ryburn said. Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing bikes so far this year, including a 34-year-old transient, Leonel Gomez, who was arrested Saturday morning.
July 13, 2012
I am perplexed as to how my tax dollars could ultimately end up as a nearly half-million-dollar grant to Muir, Jefferson and Washington schools for bicycle infrastructure (“ Cities receive safety grants ,” July 11). I can't speak for Washington, but my three children went to Jefferson, and the rules stated that no students below fourth grade could ride and park their bikes on campus. Also, in the three years that my children went to Muir, I can honestly tell you that I have never seen a student ride a bike to school (we live off Kenneth)
December 13, 2011
The Burbank Bike Angels, a group of volunteers who restore bicycles for needy youth in the community, delivered close to 150 bikes to the Salvation Army on Monday. Lt. Kari Rudd of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps Community Center said it is the third year bikes have been donated to the center. The first year, about 10 bikes were collected. That figure grew to 67 last year, and then to 146 this year. The city of Burbank collects the bikes - usually second-hand - from the public, while members of the police and fire unions donate money for safety equipment and parts.