Long Beach 5 year bike plan
Where is Long Beach headed over the next 5 years in terms of it’s effort to become the most bike friendly city in the US? We have more than 30 miles of additional bike lanes and bike paths planned. We are launching a major bike share program in early 2013. And we are focused on Education…safety education for our kids, for our bicyclists … and for our motorists… We are working with our businesses and business districts to attract more bicyclists and pedestrians. We are working on “bike, dine and shop local.” We are working to attract more businesses, visitors and residents…by becoming a more livable..bikeable…and walkable city… We are working toward becoming…the most bike friendly city in the US…
Where did this effort start
The initial work toward becoming more bike friendly started with developing a bike master plan in 2001. This plan, which was developed in conjunction with planning firms and the local community, provided the blue print for what the city would do over the next 10 years. And if you go back and look at the document, you will see most of what was outlined in that document has been accomplished.
In 2005 city staff, following the direction of our City Council, began writing grants that would provide the funding to execute the master plan. Over the next 6 years the City applied for and received over $20mm in Federal and State Grants that would be used to fund the programs and project outlined in the Master Plan. This included funds not only for bike infrastructure and programs, including Safe Routes to Schools and bike safety education programs, but pedestrian related streetscape projects as well. To date we have spent roughly 1/4 of the grant money…with most of the remainder to be spend over the next 4 to 5 years
The attached document, which was prepared in mid 2011, outlines the City’s plan for 2011 to 2015 and the vision for 2020.
- The vision for 2020
- A discussion of the major pilot projects (2nd street green sharrows, Vista Street Bike Boulevard and the downtown separated lanes) that have been completed
- An overview of currently funded projects including scope of the project, funding and schedule
- Bike infrastructure projects
- Ped infrastructure projects
- Bike Share
- Education and safety programs including Safe Routes to Schools
Some of the major projects that you will see include:
- Pacific Avenue Bike corridor
- Daisy Street Bike Boulevard
- 15th Street Bike Boulevard
- 6th Street Bike Boulevard
- The Share our Streets Safety Campaign
- Safe Routes to School educational program
- Bike Share
You will see from the documents that many of the initial projects were in the coastal and downtown areas of Long Beach. These included the Sharrows on 2nd Street, the Vista Street Bike Boulevard and the downtown separated lanes.
But..that was just the start…most of our currently funded programs extend inland … the cross the city from east to west and from north to south. The provide valuable connections for our children to safely walk and bike to school. The provide routes within neighborhoods for residents to “bike, shop and dine local.” And they provide education programs that will make it safer for everyone to share our streets.
But again…this is still just the beginning… We are working with our community groups and our council members to identify additional opportunities in our neighborhoods and across our city to give our residents and our visitors the option of safely bicycling and walking anywhere … and everywhere in Long Beach. We look forward to hearing your comments..and getting your input on the plan…