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Long Beach is making great progress in becoming America's Most Bike Friendly City. We are building new bike infrastructure, encouraging more bike safety education in our schools, and planning for a city that focuses on people and mobility, not just cars. I wanted to share some important bike news with you:
Downtown Bike Lanes Open Saturday
You are invited to join Mayor Bob Foster, Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal, and I this Saturday at noon for the Grand Opening of the new separated bike lanes in Downtown Long Beach. We will be meeting at 3rd and Promenade for a celebration that will include the inaugural bike ride, guided bike tours, and family games and activities. These new bike lanes, some of the first dedicated lanes in the country, provide a safer street for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. These bike lanes are part of a one-year pilot project and were paid for by transportation grants. No city general funds were used.
Honoring Mark Bixby
Last night, the City Council voted to unanimously support naming the proposed bicycle and pedestrian bike path on the new Gerald Desmond Bridge after Mark Bixby. As you know, Mark was an avid cyclist, and was the leading city voice on bike policy, advocacy and community engagement. The progress we have made on bike infrastructure and bike policy would not have been possible without Mark's leadership. Mark was a Long Beach Hero, and I can't think of a better way to honor and remember him than to name this future bike path after him.
Community Bike Meeting For Downtown Residents
I would also like to invite you to join me and city staff for an update and discussion on current and future bike infrastructure improvements. We will be discussing the new separated bike lanes, new bike sharrows coming to Downtown on Pacific Avenue, and a new bike boulevard that is being planned for Willmore City. The meeting will be held at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park at 6:30 pm on Monday, May 2. For more information, please call my City Council Office at (562) 570-6919.
Thanks again for all of your support as we make Long Beach a healthier and more sustainable city.
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