May is Long Beach Bike Month! Throughout the month, there will be events and giveaways to encourage Long Beach residents to incorporate biking into their daily routines. Be sure to follow @BikeLongBeach on Twitter for updates throughout May.
The City of Long Beach Public Works Department was busy in 2016 expanding the City’s bike network and implementing traffic calming measures. Now that 2016 is over, here’s an update on the projects completed and grants awarded within the last twelve months:
Alamitos Avenue – Class II Buffered Bike Lanes
The Alamitos Avenue Road Diet was one of two projects in 2016 where the Traffic Engineering team was able to piggy-back on existing infrastructure construction to expand the bicycle network. In the case of Alamitos from 7th to PCH, a major utility undergrounding effort was taking place (notice there are no wires or utility poles in photos taken after the asphalt was poured). The striping plan was modified to swap the #2 vehicle lanes in each direction for a center left turn lane and buffered bike lanes.
Artesia Boulevard – Class IV Parking-Protected Bike … Read More »
The 10th Annual Long Beach Bike Count took place on October 19th and 22nd. Volunteers counted cyclists and pedestrians in fifty shifts across the city. This program is one of the longest-running bike counts in the country and relies on volunteers for its success.
Why is the Bike Count important?
City planners and engineers rely on data collected in the bike count to make informed decisions about the city’s transportation network. Counts are conducted before and after new infrastructure projects are constructed to determine the effectiveness and popularity of specific types of bikeways. Bike count data are also used to supplement safety statistics and have enabled the city to engaged in targeted public safety campaigns. For example, collision analyses showed a correlation between wrong-way riding and injury collisions. In areas where the Bike Count showed frequent instances of wrong-way riding, the City deployed … Read More »
We hope y’all had as much fun riding in the pop-up Atlantic Avenue parking-separated bike lanes as we did! What a great way to get to the already awesome First Fridays Long Beach in Bixby Knolls. Let us know what you thought about the temporary lanes, and if/where you’d like to see similar physically-separated bike lanes in Long Beach. #LBbikeplan
On June 6, 2015, the City of Long Beach held its first Beach Streets event! Over 30,000 came out for Beach Streets Uptown. Longbeachize reported that the atmosphere was both relaxed and festive, with a strong sense of community. We had great participation from local businesses, the Uptown Business Improvement District, neighborhood associations, local organizations, and residents and visitors. People came out not only for an exciting community event, but also for the unique experience of unrestricted access to walk or bike on Atlantic Avenue.
We know we had a good time. There were so many activities! There was lots of great music from DJs, school bands, and at least 30 live bands. There were bike classes for kids and a kid’s bike rode, the Emergency Preparedness Expo, a skate and BMX expo, a dance party, exhibits from neighborhood associations, … Read More »
The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers for its 8th Annual Bike Count! The counts take place on October 15 and 18, 2015, at 30 sites throughout the City. Since 2008, Long Beach has consistently recorded bicycle and pedestrian volumes, and has enjoyed outstanding community support for the program. Whether you are one of our valued past volunteers, or a newcomer who wants to help improve the safety and livability of your city, we welcome your assistance. In fact, the bike count depends on your help!
The Long Beach Bike Count is integral in evaluating the effectiveness of completed and upcoming projects, and for applying for new grants. With consistent data from year to year, the counts provide important metrics to the City regarding safety, capacity, ridership trends, and the value of our investments. See previous posts for some evaluations of … Read More »
Long Beach Bike Share is live and available to members of the public! Find and reserve a bike at Longbeachbikeshare.com!
The program is available to residents and visitors over the age of 18 years of age and has a variety of pricing options. Whether you are a monthly member or want to use it once in a while, Long Beach Bike Share is a great way to get around our city easily.
Find out more and sign-up for the program at Longbeachbikeshare.com.
The online publication “Vocativ,” which bills itself as “coupling the power of cutting-edge technology with a take-no-prisoners attitude toward news gathering and story telling…to engage with the digital generation” has just published their list of top 50 places for people under 35 to live.
And Long Beach breaks into the top 10 at number 8. It is the only Southern Calif City to be in the top 10 and joins the ranks of Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Seattle.
And of course…one of the big differentiators is our bike friendly culture. We are rated #3 from a bike perspective.
So when you are asked…why is being bike friendly important??? It’s not just about the bike…it’s about making Long Beach one of the top places in the country to live. And bicycling is a big part of that draw.
Read more on the Long Beach Post about … Read More »
The City conducted its Sixth Annual Bike Count in October. Sixty-five volunteers were stationed at 23 locations around the city to count bicyclists and pedestrians. Nearly 5,000 cyclists and over 11,000 pedestrians were recorded during the 6-hour bike count.
MATURATION OF BICYCLING IN LONG BEACH
Over the past six years, the City has consistently used eleven locations to gauge the changes in cycling year over year. Those original eleven feature different types of infrastructure, including bike paths, bike lanes, metro stations, sharrow lanes, and unstriped bike routes. Because of the consistent data collected over the past six years, those sites have served as a reference point that allowed the city to track increases in the number of pedestrians and cyclists in Long Beach. In 2013 volumes increased 3% at these eleven locations from 2012 and 45% from 2008.
The data suggest that the … 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 »