Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Long Beach Bike Friendly

Jul 3, 2008

The city of Long Beach today announced plans to develop two "bicycle boulevards" using a $330,000 grant from Los Angeles County.

The grant, made through the county Department of Public Health, will be used to hire a mobility coordinator and to plan the new boulevards -- streets that give preference to bicycles through the use of traffic circles, medians, bulb-outs and other elements. One will go east-west, and the other north-south, according to city officials.

"This grant will help us become the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States while promoting a more healthy and active lifestyle throughout Long Beach," City Manager Pat West said.

The new mobility coordinator will be tasked with encouraging physical activity and more healthy modes of transportation, city officials said.

Long Beach already has more than 30 miles of dedicated shoreline and river bicycle paths connecting the city with other portions of Los Angeles County.

A planned update to the city's General Plan, referred to as Long Beach 2030, envisages policies that would encourage biking, walking and public transit.