Marina Drive Receives New Bike Lanes


Posted on May 8th, by admin in Construction, infrastructure. 1 Comment

Long Beach Public Works extended another bikeway connection to Orange County this week with the completion of the Marina Drive Slurry Seal Project. Bike lanes had previously existed on Marina Drive between 2nd Street and Studebaker Road, but stopped short of the city limit.

Cyclists can now continue into Seal Beach from Long Beach (and vice versa) with newly striped Class II bike lanes. The project upgraded the roadway with patch and crack sealing work, a new slurry coat of asphalt, and also features a buffer between the bike lane and vehicle lane where Marina Drive curves near its intersection with Studebaker Road.

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One response to “Marina Drive Receives New Bike Lanes”

  1. James says:

    Why doens’t the city of Long Beach use the simple and well thought out staple rack? I was about to send in a rack requrest, saw the list of available racks and then realized that I might be beffer of using a pole.
    Many of the designs used in Long Beach are fiddly and annoying. They are too short and too small to properly support the frame of the bicycle and they encourage people to lock a bike by locking the front wheel to the little loop rack. Some may have been designed only with a kickstand equippped small frame beach cruiser in mind.

    Some of the larger and more complex designs seem to have been designed by somone not familiar with the act of locking a bicycle – the complex shapes and excess of decorative tubing and flat stock make it difficult to find the right place to pass the lock through. That big green “DINE” rack on 4th is probably the worst bike rack i”ve ever seen in terms of the ratio of tubing to bicycles locked. There is so much excess flat stock brazed to it that every good lock position is blocked.

    Perhaps worst of all these decorative designs are not very good as public furniture. One of the additional benefits of staple racks is that they can serve as a sort of public lean on. The short decorative “racks” LB prefers are too short and feature sharp bits that poke you. I do realize that Long Beach doesn’t inderstand what pedestrians are but sometimes people like to lean up against things on the sidewalk. This is a common feature of successful urban environments.

    I feel like Long Beach’s choice of racks suggests that you don’t take utility cycling seriously and value style over substance. I find that when I park a bike in Long Beach it is either a tiny decorative rack, a spoke bender or one of the poorly thought out racks featured in this article: http://bikeportland.org/2015/02/03/bike-parking-code-violation-handed-home-depot-131491 The sort of bike racks that PDOT considers unacceptable.

    Please do something about the pathetic spoke bender rack on the side of Whole Foods. It is a design intended to be freestanding and used on both sides, which is impossible as it is againsts the wall. When used, it blocks the sidewalk and the poor design means that only two bicycles can be properly locked to it – on the outside of either end where where there is a large diameter tube to lock the frame and wheel to. I’ve never seen a bicycle locked to it, aside from mine.

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