Monday, May 14, 2012

Pictures From The Montrose Historical Bike Ride

On Saturday, I -- in collaboration with The Glendale Historical SocietyWalk Bike GlendaleMontrose Patchthe City of Glendale Community Services and Parks Department, and The City of Glendale Public Works Department -- led a group of 56 riders on the Montrose Historical Bike Ride.  We had an excellent group of riders of all levels of ability who enjoyed a beautiful day exploring Montrose on their bikes.  After meeting at the Montrose Bike Shop (since 1952!) we covered quite a bit of Montrose history with an extra special stop inside the gates of the former Rockhaven Sanitarium.  Thanks to the City of Glendale for letting us in!

In addition to Rockhaven, we stopped at and discussed the history of the La Crescenta Women's Club, the American Legion Hall (where 12 people died during the New Years Flood of 1934), the Verdugo Wash, Crescenta Valley park and the former Hindenburg Park, the defunct Montrose Railway and
the Montrose Shopping Park.  You can find out more about these sites and many others at The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley's website.

Here are a few of my pictures from the ride.  I also have an expanded version of this set at Flickr.

riders on Honolulu

riding through the Montrose Shopping Park

Montrose Patch editor Nicole Charky discusses the La Crescenta Women's Club

Michael Morgan, City of Glendale Historic Preservation Commissioner, tells us about the history of Rockhaven

exploring Rockhaven


riders on La Crescenta Ave

a beautiful watercolor by rider Ricardo Cerezo

Colin Bogart in front of old stone country club gates near Crescenta Valley Park.  He is pointing towards the Verdugo Wash and explaining how an access road alongside the wash could be adapted into a grade-separated bicycle path.

Erik Yesayan of Walk Bike Glendale

riders on Honolulu

Colin Bogart of the LA County Bicycle Coalition, who was invaluable in helping optimize our route

Councilperson Laura Friedman rode with us.  She has been absolutely fantastic on bike and pedestrian issues in Glendale.  She and Erik explained the proposed road diet on Honolulu, which has very low traffic volumes and is plagued by speeders and difficult to cross on foot.

gorgeous fixie

An extra special thanks to The City of Glendale's Fred Zohrevand, who has been instrumental in improving Glendale's bike parking situation, particularly in downtown Montrose.  I meant to thank him at our last stop in the shopping park but forgot.  Thanks, Fred!

1 comment:

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