2014 is halfway gone, and Long Beach Public Works has been busy in the first 6 months adding to the city’s bicycle network. Four projects have added new infrastructure – bringing connections to existing bikeways, schools, and parks.
Carson Street Bike Lanes
Long Beach recently made headlines for having one of the three densest networks of bikeways in the country. That network was created at minimal cost thanks to coordination between resurfacing projects and traffic engineering plans. Each time a street in poor condition is slated for resurfacing, the Traffic Engineering Division assesses whether the road could incorporate bike lanes or any other treatments that make better use of the public’s right of way.
While plans were being drawn up for a resurfacing project on Carson Street, bike lanes were added into the new striping for the refreshed roadway. Engineers … 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 »