Long Beach Public Works and Development Services are currently conducting outreach for new bicycle facilities on Spring Street and Orange Avenue. The two facilities will form the “backbone” of the bike network, spanning the entire city from east to west, north to south, and connect many of the city’s existing bikeways. Expect to see city staff with project maps, asking for community input at upcoming events. Most recently, city engineers and planners were at the Beach Streets University event sharing the following preliminary conceptual renderings for the project and frequently asked questions:
Why is Spring Street being selected for bike improvements?
The proposed Spring Street Bikeway is part of a larger strategy to construct bikeways in the City as a result of the Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by City Council in February 2017. Routes selected were determined by community input received during plan … Read More »
Over the past three years Long Beach’s community and school based bicycle and walking safety program has resulted in an increase of over 2500 students walking or biking to our elementary and middle schools on a regular basis. More than 30,000 students, nearly 60% of the elementary and middle school population now walk or bike to school on a regular basis in Long Beach.
The Long Beach Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, funded by a METRO through a federal safety grant; and run by the nonprofit Safe Moves, consists of three parts:
1. A public outreach program with bike rodeos offered at community events around the city.
2. An engaging “assembly” held in school auditoriums where the instructor interacts with students to teach and reinforce messages about walking and biking; and
3. A “bike rodeo” where all of the students have … Read More »
The City of Long Beach held its 6th Annual Bike Count on October 17th and 20th, 2013. In our quest to become the most bike friendly city in America, Long Beach has been collecting data on cyclist behavior and traffic volumes annually since 2008. With five years of data already collected, Long Beach’s database is one of the longest-running and most consistent in the nation.
The most impressive statistic about Long Beach’s Bike Counts – they have all been conducted by volunteers!
Long Beach not only possesses a growing network of bike routes and shops, but the city is also home to a vibrant, involved, and informed cycling community. The city is asking that community to once again spend a few hours counting cyclists and pedestrians.
You can sign up through Long Beach State’s website at this link:
The sign-up … Read More »
What are you doing this weekend? Heading to Belmont Shore perhaps. Are you worried about finding a parking space?
We suggest riding your bike. If you don’t live close enough…put your bike on the bus…and once you get close to the Shore…take it off..are ride the rest of the way.
Did you know that there are more bike racks on every block of 2nd Street in the Shore?
Did you know that there will probably be more bikes parked on 2nd street this weekend then there are cars parked?
So grab your bike and head down to 2nd Street for a great Memorial Day weekend. And while you are there visit the great bike friendly shops and restaurants.
But we do have one request…if you are on the sidewalk with your bike…walk it or lock it. Remember..part of being bike friendly is also being pedestrian friendly.
Bike Month 2013 activities are in full swing this weekend at the Tour of Long Beach & Bike Festival, the annual bicycle circuit around Long Beach benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital and post-tour party.
Here is this weekend’s line-up:
Tour of Long Beach, beginning at 6:30 a.m., Marina Green Park. More than 3,500 riders are expected to participate in the fourth annual event as cyclists tour one of two long circuits around the City, or participate in Olympian Tony Cruz’s 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo. A five-mile Family Fun Ride along the beach starts at 8:30. The event supports pediatric cancer research at the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Complete details and online registration is available at http://www.touroflongbeach.com
BikeFest, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. This year’s post-Tour party … Read More »
‘Share Our Streets’ Bicycle Safety
Campaign Rolls Throughout City and Web
A comprehensive safety outreach campaign encouraging motorists and bicyclists to “Share Our Streets” is under way throughout Long Beach and on the Web. The campaign’s critical safety message is that most bicycle-related accidents could be prevented if bicyclists and motorists would follow five safe-riding and driving practices.
“The goal of the Share Our Streets campaign is to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians the rules of the road and encourage everyone to behave safely and predictably,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “It is especially important for bicyclists to be visible when riding with traffic, and for motorists to use extra caution when approaching driveways and making turns at intersections.”
The campaign features a wide variety of multimedia and outdoor components, including street banners; advertisements in local publications; public transit posters; Public Safety Announcements (PSA) … Read More »
Long Beach is working hard to become more bike friendly. We have separated lanes in the downtown area. We have green sharrows on 2nd Street. We have a great bike boulevard on Vista…and are in the process of designing three more Bike Boulevards.
And now we have Sharrows, new pole banners and buses with great bike safety messages all in the Retro Row area of 4th Street.
One of the most vibrant and interesting shopping and dining areas in Long Beach is RetroRow on 4th Street. Centered between Junipero and Cherry on 4th, it is populated by unique stores offering “retro” clothing and other goods, a great book store, awesome coffee shops including the well known Portfolio, the great Art Theater, which has hosted several of our bike film festivals and two new parklets, one in front of Lola’s Mexican Restaurant and the other … Read More »
CalTrans is proposing a major reconstruction project for the I-710 corridor that would potentially widening the freeway and install separated lanes for commercial vehicles. This corridor, if and when constructed, will have a major impact on the safety of bicycling and walking across the I-710 and the LA River in Long Beach as well as the other cities along the I-710. You can make a difference on whether or not the design is biking and walking friendly…by sending comments to CalTrans .
While construction for the project is years away…the time to make comments is now…during the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) phase of the project.
About the project
The I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) is a major transportation artery that links the Ports of Long Beach and LA to the rest of southern California. The stated objectives of the project are to (1) improve … Read More »
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 … Read More »