Rendering of Burbank bike path along the Burbank Western Channel

Renderings of a bike path that will be built along the Burbank Western Channel from the downtown Burbank Metrolink station to Alameda Avenue. (Courtesy of the city of Burbank / 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. Out of the 940 surveys sent out to area residents and businesses, 200 were completed.

“Input from the public is paramount,” said project manager Ross Young, adding that the design has not yet been finalized. “This is a facility that’s going to benefit that neighborhood, and we need to include the public as a part of the process to really understand what their desires are and what their concerns are.”

The bike path, which is projected to cost nearly $4.4 million, will connect to the bikeway built in 2011 that runs from Alameda Avenue to Victory Boulevard.

According to city officials, the project will “expand the city’s bicycle network as a high-quality bicycle and pedestrian facility, as well as enhance the condition of the channel.”

The project would include constructing a 12-foot-wide path with two local street crossings on Verdugo Avenue and where Providencia Avenue meets Lake Street, along with what may be a grade-separated crossing at Alameda Avenue.

Construction is slated to begin next March, with the project scheduled to be completed in March 2016.

For more information, call Young at (818) 238-5210.

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