May 10, 2018
May is Bicycle Safety Month
Tree Removal at 1809 Easton Dr.
Participate in Parks Master Plan Survey
BIS Recycle-Your-Bike Project
Library and Parks Commission Vacancies
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
bikesafetyMay is Bicycle Safety Month

The City of Burlingame Police Department is encouraging motorists and bicyclists to reevaluate their safety practices and take extra precautions when sharing roads, and around designated bike pathways.  

This timely reminder happens to coincide with  Burlingame City Council's decision, on Monday, to extend the City's LimeBike pilot program another six months.  LimeBike users took 4,073 rides on LimeBikes in Burlingame alone last month.  With summer vacation for students around the corner, bike ridership is expected to increase.

A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%.  Helmets are required by law for riders under the age of 18

The Burlingame Police Department urges the community to practice the following safety tips: 

  • Share the road with bicyclists
  • Be courteous and allow 3 feet of clearance when passing cyclists, as required per California legislation passed in 2016
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space
  • Yield to cyclists at intersections, and as directed by signs and signals
  • Be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right
  • Remember, it is unlawful to drive in a bike lane except for the 200 feet prior to making a right or left turn
  • Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time you ride
  • Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings
  • When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in same direction as traffic
  • Make efforts to increase visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk
  • Use a front light and red reflector in the rear, as required by law, when riding at night
treeremoveTree Removal at 1809 Easton Drive Next Week

The City owned Eucalyptus tree at 1809 Easton Drive is scheduled to be removed by PG&E contractor, Mowbrey's Tree Service. 
The Eucalyptus tree was evaluated by two independent certified arborists who both concluded the tree has structural issues and decay that could not be mitigated by regular pruning. They determined removal was the only option to eliminate the high risk of failure and any potential liabilities.
The tree will be removed the week of May 14 and the scope of work necessitates the use of large equipment and street closures.
The 1800 block of Easton will be closed to through traffic for approximately three to four days during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Pedestrian and vehicle access will be limited to immediate residents only.  Please make any necessary accommodations.  Barricades will be placed along the curb 48 hours prior to the start of work, with additional information posted regarding the days and hours of work.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Parks Division office at 650-558-7330.
parksplanYour Input Requested for Parks Master Plan

As you may have heard, the Parks & Recreation Department is developing a Parks Master Plan (PMP).  The PMP will guide future planning, policy, and development of the Burlingame parks system.  Your feedback is needed to ensure the final document reflects community priorities, preferences, and values related to the City's parks and recreation programming and facilities. 
Click this link to take a very cool survey that will help us understand how you use the parks, why you use them and challenges and/or barriers you face to using them.
If you are not already on our PMP outreach email list, please email Nicole Acquisti at to get added.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Margaret Glomstad at or 650-558-7307.
etcRecycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!
We have white packaging material (think polystyrene) from our TV purchase. It has a ''6'' in the recycling triangle stamped on it. Can I recycle it?
Unfortunately, no. Recology San Mateo does not recycle packaging bags or any styrofoam. Styrofoam can be taken to Green Citizen for recycling.

What do we do with old ice packs (the kind that come with food shipments) that we don't need?
It would be best to contact the County Household Hazardous program since we do not know the contents of the ice packs.
Can I recycle my Britta water filters? I think they are plastic and contain charcoal.
No, Britta Water filters cannot be recycled.
I'm skeptical that Recology drivers will notice the small bag of batteries I place on top of the blue bin for recycling.  I think they will miss it and the big mechanical claw will place the batteries in the the recycling collection bin.
Recology drivers are trained to keep an eye out for battery collection on residential recycling cart.  They have a special compartment on trucks to store the collected batteries.  If you are still in doubt, you may hand deliver your used batteries to the collection container at City Hall or another recycling center. 

Send your recycling questions to Find past questions and answers  here; and an excellent resource for what goes in what bin  here.
bisbikeBIS Recycle-Your-Bike Project

The BIS Bike Club wants your bikes. Its Recycle-Your-Bike Project will take your used bikes, repair them, tune them up, and then donate them to a family in need of wheels.  If you have a bike you want to donate, please  email Rusty HopewellSafe Routes to School Coordinator.  Click here to learn more about recycling or adopting a bike through the program.
vacanciesApply For a Vacant Seat on the Library Board of Trustees or Parks and Recreation Commission 

At this time, the City is seeking to fill one vacant seat on each Board. The Council is likely to appoint the board members to the full three year term. The application deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at 650-558-7204.
EventsEvents Around Town
Lawn Be Gone: Attractive Turf Alternatives
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Rd.
Join award-winning horticulturist Frank Niccoli to explore the benefits of replacing your thirsty lawn with attractive natural California turf alternatives that require far less maintenance and save you money and water. Admission is free. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and cosponsored by the City of Burlingame and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. For more information about CEC, visit CEC's website or email
Join Us at the Firehouse!
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Firehouse at 799 California Dr.  
You're invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee! 
Hosted by the Central County Fire Department and the Burlingame Neighborhood Network, this event will recognize neighborhood leaders, CERTs and Ham radio operators who led the Citywide Emergency Drill last October. It will feature coffee, juice and pastries and a presentation by Mayor Michael Brownrigg, as well as firehouse tours and a free prize drawing. It's a great opportunity to meet others in our city who are interested in building community resilience.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome. RSVP is not required but appreciated by May 9 to
Community Meeting: Lyon Hoag Neighborhood
Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.

The City of Burlingame will hold a community meeting with residents of the Lyon Hoag neighborhood to discuss issues related to neighborhood parking, traffic, and development projects. You're invited to attend this two-part meeting. 

The first part of the meeting will seek to establish a shared understanding of the issues and facts. There will be a presentation from Mayor Brownrigg and City staff including City Manager Lisa Goldman, public works, police, and the planning departments. The second half of the meeting will include break-out sessions with council members, Traffic, Safety and Parking Commissioners and staff. Residents may join the discussion topics of their choosing and provide input and feedback to the City.  

Light refreshments will be served. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact the Department of Public Works Engineering at 650-558-7230.
CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
AYSO Soccer Registration 
Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.

Register your kids for AYSO soccer, Burlingame's premier recreational youth soccer league! Registration is open to children 3-18 years old, born between January 1, 2000 and September 8, 2015.  Everyone plays! Join the fun! 
Please visit for more info.

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