Three new bike boulevards in design….
Bike Boulevards provide important routes for students getting to and from school, people bicycling for fun, riding to a neighborhood store or restaurant and commuting. Currently we have one bike boulevard in Long Beach…the Vista Street Bike Boulevard. But we are excited to announce that we are starting the design work on three more bike boulevards that touch most parts of the city.
These three Bike Boulevards are: (1) Daisy Avenue Bike Boulevard, which runs the full North-South length of the city and is just east of the I-710, (2) 15th Street Bike Boulevard, which runs through the middle of the city, just south of PCH, and (3) 6th Street Bike Boulevard, which will connect from Bellflower across to Junipero. Maps for each of these are shown below.
These Bike Boulevards follow up on recent bike related improvements on Wardlow between Stevely and Los Alamitos Avenue. These have created a continuous bike lane on Wardlow from the Airport to Orange County providing better bicycling connections to schools and parks on the eastside for our residents and visitors.
Each of the Bike Boulevards will have many of the same characteristics as the Vista Street Bike Boulevard in Belmont Heights potentially including landscaped traffic circles and roundabouts and traffic lights, all of which are designed for traffic calming and to make the streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. In addition they will provide important linkages to the many schools in each of the areas.
Daisy Bike Boulevard
The nine-mile long Daisy / Myrtle Corridor Bike Boulevard will provide a North – South bike route extending from the new Courthouse on 3rd Street to the northern boundary of Long Beach. The Boulevard will start on Daisy at the south end, cut over to Pacific and then Atlantic in the Bixby Knolls area and end up on Myrtle in North Long Beach.
15th Street Bike Boulevard
The three-mile long 15th Street Bike Boulevard will extend from PCH (just east of the circle) on the east to Magnolia on the west. This Bike Boulevard will provide an important connection between our East Long Beach neighborhoods and Cal State Long Beach to the Central Long Beach and Wrigley area in the west.
Sixth Street Bike Boulevard:
The two-mile long 6th Street Bike Boulevard will extend from Bellflower Boulevard on the east to Junipero on the west. This Bike Boulevard will provide an important connection between our East Long Beach neighborhoods and Cal State Long Beach to the Retro Row and Downtown areas.
The design and construction phases of these projects are fully funded by state and federal safe-routes-to-schools grants with a smaller amount from Measure R. Details for the funding are shown below.
Daisy: There is a total of $1.9 mm in funding for this project. This funding is from two sources. The first is a State Safe Routes to School (SR2S) grant of approximately $860,000 and the second is a Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant of $1.04 mm.
15th: There is a total of approximately $1.0 mm in funding for the project. This funding is from two sources. The first is a State Safe Routes to School Grant of $450,000. The remainder of the funds are yet to be allocated, but will likely come from Measure R, which are funds have been previously appropriated and dedicated for alternative transportation related programs.
6th : There is a total of $553,000 in funding for the project. This funding is from two sources. The first is a State Safe Routes to School Grant of $498,000 and the second is a Federal Safe Routes to School grant of $55,000.
The Bike Boulevard project schedule is broken into 3 phases
- Preliminary design
- Final design
The preliminary design phase for each of these projects was kicked off with our design contractors in the last 30 days. This initial phase consists of developing initial concepts and drawings for the projects. The intent is to share these concepts and drawings with the affected Council Offices and community in order to solicit input prior to moving to final design. This initial phase should take roughly one month. We anticipate that we will be scheduling community meetings in October to share these concepts and drawings.
After the community has reviewed and commented on the initial designs, the consultant will take the comments and begin developing final designs. We anticipate that the final designs will take approximately 6 months to compete. After the designs have been completed we would again anticipate bringing them back to the community for final comment.
Once the designs are complete, the Bike Boulevard projects will be put out to bid for construction. In order to minimize costs, we anticipate that the Bike Boulevard projects will be bid jointly in early to mid 2014, with construction beginning fall 2014. Construction should be fairly quick…taking no more than 12 to 16 weeks. Thus we hope to have all three Bike Boulevard projects finished by late 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Allan Crawford, Long Beach Bike Coordinator at 562-570-6618 or via e-mail at email@example.com