Bike the Racetrack: Grand Prix View
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is opening up its track to the public on Tuesday, April 5, from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. For the fourth annual “Grand Prix View,” the community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world’s best IndyCar drivers will scream at over 180 mph the following week. No motorized vehicles allowed; animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals.
“Coming on the heels of Beach Streets Downtown, this free event is another great opportunity to get some exercise and socialize with friends and co-workers,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The added benefit is experiencing the race track from the perspective of some of the pre-eminent race car drivers in the world.”
The entrance point for the public to access the track is at Hart Place and Seaside Way, just south of Ocean Boulevard. Parking is available for a fee at the Terrace Parking Structure.
“I encourage the community to come out and check out the race track up close and personal,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “The Grand Prix View is a fun and unique way to enjoy the most popular event in Long Beach every year.”
People can travel at their own pace while checking out the tire tracks and other sights of one of the most famous street courses in the world. The Grand Prix-View will cover 1.5 miles of the course, and travel in the same direction as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which starts the following week and draws approximately 170,000 spectators.
The Grand Prix View is an Open Streets event; by repurposing streets for bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users, cities are encouraged to consider other ways our streets can be used.
For more information, including a map showing parking and entrance points, visit beachstreets.com or call 562.570.5333.