The BLB Blog Biannual Built Bikeway Bulletin
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 made room to add a Class II facility (bike lanes) for the length of the resurfacing project between Atlantic Avenue and Orange Avenue. The new project connects existing lanes on Carson west of Atlantic, to the existing lanes on Orange Avenue.
Infrastructure on Seaside Way
Seaside Way received a hybrid treatment this year, with standard bike lanes, sharrow lanes, and a buffered bike lane between Pine Avenue and Golden Shore Avenue. The street now provides an alternative route for cyclists riding through downtown who would rather not share a lane with vehicle traffic on Ocean Boulevard. The new bikeway connects riders to the LA River trail, office buildings on Ocean Boulevard, shops at the Pike, and the Long Beach Convention Center.
Spring Street was given sharrow markings between Golden Avenue and Pacific Avenue. This new route (Bikeway 50) connects bike facilities on Pacific Avenue to Birney Elementary School
For years, there has been a sign on Willow Street, welcoming visitors to the City of Long Beach, the “Bike Friendly City.” That sign stood there warmly greeting cyclists, but was missing something very important – a bike lane. A previous project had brought bike lanes as far east as the San Gabriel Riverbed, but stopped a half-mile short of Long Beach’s border with Orange County at Coyote Creek. In partnership with the City of Los Alamitos, bike lanes were extended across the county line connecting the Coyote Creek Bike Path to Long Beach’s bikeway network. Riders from the cities of Cerritos, La Palma, Cypress, and Los Alamitos can now safely and easily access East Long Beach destinations like El Dorado Park and Cal State Long Beach.
As a Gateway City into Los Angeles County, the City of Long Beach continues to team up with our neighbor cities and work to improve connectivity across the “Orange Curtain” that forms our city’s eastern boundary.
Stay tuned for more updates to Long Beach’s expanding network of paths and bikeways!