Long Beach 5 year bike plan

Posted on September 25th, by admin in Program Plans. 10 comments

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

Becoming the nation’s most bike friendly city…doesn’t happen over night.  It takes planning, community outreach, fundraising and of course execution.

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


What is the plan for the next 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.

It includes:

  1.         The vision for 2020
  2.         A discussion of the major pilot projects (2nd street green sharrows, Vista Street Bike Boulevard and the downtown separated lanes) that have been completed
  3.         An overview of currently funded projects including scope of the project, funding and schedule
  4.         Bike infrastructure projects
  5.         Ped infrastructure projects
  6.         Bike Share
  7.         Education and safety programs including Safe Routes to Schools

Some of the major projects that you will see include:

  1. Pacific Avenue Bike corridor
  2. Daisy Street Bike Boulevard
  3. 15th Street Bike Boulevard
  4. 6th Street Bike Boulevard
  5. The Share our Streets Safety Campaign
  6. Safe Routes to School educational program
  7. 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…

Bike Strategy 2011 v2.0 council Presentation (Part 1)

Bike Strategy 2011 v2.0 council Presentation (Part II – infrastructure)

Bike Strategy 2011 v2.0 council Presentation(part III safety and Education)

10 responses to “Long Beach 5 year bike plan”

  1. Scott Page says:

    I live on 6th St., and have for over 5 years. When did you plan to share the 6th St. bike boulevard project with the residents?

    • admin says:

      Scott…we just met with Council Member DeLong yesterday to review the preliminary design…and are now ready to take it to the community. We will be taking it to the Belmont Heights community meeting and are talking to people at the Alamitos Heights improvement association about setting up a meeting. We will also be talking to people who live west of Redondo.

      Do you have any other ideas on how to get the message out to the community?

  2. Paul says:

    I am really hoping that riding to and from Cal State University Long Beach improves. 7th st as well as bellflower get pretty nerve wrecking to ride down. Especially when people ride the wrong way down 7th since the bike lane is only on one side of the road.

    • admin says:

      Paul…thanks for the comment. We are working on several new routes around Cal State Long Beach. These include…(1) new bike lanes on Bellflower between 7th and Atherton, (2) new lanes on Clark, (3) a bike boulevard on 15th that will start just east of the traffic circle (behind the car wash) and extend to just east of the LA river and (4) a bike boulevard on 6th that will extend from Bellflower to Junipero. These are all in the design phase. Construction should happen the first half of 2014. We have also been talking to the folks at CSULB about what could be done on 7th in front of the VA to make access to campus easier.

      What other ideas do you have to improve bicycling around campus?


      • Jason says:

        I can’t wait for the 6th street corridor, although I think I’ll have graduated before it’s ready. It’s a great idea.

        On my way home from campus I currently take 7th to Bellflower for a second and then down 6th, and have been doing so for about a year now. There are a few points of experience you might find valuable:

        -The light on the left hand turn lane on 7th that turns onto Bellflower is only activated by cars. If there is no car behind or in front of me I basically have to figure out when it’s safe and cross one of the busiest intersections in the city without a light.

        -During rush hour it’s very difficult to get to the left hand turn lane in general. I basically have to wait in the bike lane until traffic stops for a red and then cut across. Most people just continue down the bike lane to the sidewalk and then use the crosswalks. Not sure there’s anything you can do about this.

        -The stop sign at 6th and Santiago is a little bit crazy. Going westbound somebody on a bike is going pretty fast down that hill, and the inclination is to not stop and lose all that momentum. I always stay alert at this juncture and yield if I spot a car (I admit I don’t ever stop if nobody is there), but I’m pretty sure many bicyclists wouldn’t even do that. To compound that most cars aren’t looking up the hill to watch for bicyclists (and they really shouldn’t have to). I wouldn’t be surprised if there were collisions here semi-regularly.

        • allancrawford says:

          Jason…thanks. We will take a look at the 6th and Santiago and let our signal folks know about the 7th and Bellflower light. That is something we are trying to take care of at all of the traffic signals in the city. Again..thanks for the note.

  3. Carl says:

    You should contact the Rose Park neighborhood http://www.rpna.org to notify that group.

  4. John says:

    All the plans seem to be focused on the southern half of the city. What about the northern half? All I’m asking for are bike lanes on some major thoroughfares like Willow so you can go east/west. Nothing fancy! I understand the ocean, downtown, 2nd street are higher profile, but half of LB residents do live up north 🙂 Can we get some love too! Thx for all the work you do on bikers’ behalf.

    • admin says:


      We are working hard to make a greater impact in the northern part of the city. We are currently working on both Harding and Artesia for east-west routes. We are hoping to have bike lanes on both of these streets striped in early 2013. A little further south (just south of PCH) we are developing plans for a bike boulevard along 15th Street. That is a little further out…it is in the planning stage now…but won’t be constructed for another 18 months.

      In the next round of grant applications, which come up in January, we will be applying for funds for a L shaped bike boulevard along Walnut (north-south) from 68th to 52nd and then along 52nd west to the LA River.

      The Daisy/Linden/Myrtle Corridor also has a major section in North Long Beach extending along Myrtle from &2nd to Market.

      John…from your perspective…what other streets should have a high priority?


  5. John Duval says:

    I commute daily between the Ranchos near El Dorado park and the Zaferia district. Most of the trip is not bad, except Los Coyotes NE bound at Bellflower. All the ramps and double right turn lanes in this area result in extremely hostile conditions and rude behavior from motorists. I continue to try alternate routes, but the freeway and drainage channels are a formidable barior.

    Personally, I would like to see the Bellflower S exit go away, and the N bound exit reconfigured to serve both directions directly to Bellflower with a signal. Most of the on-ramps should require a distinct right turn with a clear crossing zone for peds and cycles.

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