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Holiday Tree Recycling Program
21st Annual Holiday Tree Recycling Program from December 26, 2012 through January 12, 2013
You can drop your tree off at several locations throughout the City between December 26th and January 12th.
Residents with City refuse service can also have their trees picked up from their homes on Saturday, January 12, 2013 by leaving their trees out where trash is normally collected by 7am on day of collection.
All trees being disposed of in this program must have decorations and stands removed, and trees over 12 feet tall should be cut in half.
View the flyer here
View the interactive map here
"Share Our Streets" Bicycle Safety Campaign
A comprehensive safety outreach campaign encouraging motorists and bicyclists to "Share Our Streets" is under way throughout Long Beach and on the Web. The campaign's critical safety message is that most bicycle-related accidents could be prevented if bicyclists and motorists would follow five safe-riding and driving practices.
"The goal of the Share Our Streets campaign is to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians the rules of the road and encourage everyone to behave safely and predictably," Mayor Bob Foster said. "It is especially important for bicyclists to be visible when riding with traffic, and for motorists to use extra caution when approaching driveways and making turns at intersections."
The campaign features a wide variety of multimedia and outdoor components, including street banners; advertisements in local publications; public transit posters; Public Safety Announcements (PSA) in movie theaters; and a new website -www.bikelongbeach.org.
The five violations responsible for more than 80 percent of bicycle-related accidents since 2002 are:
· Bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road against oncoming traffic;
· Bicyclist making an unpredictable and hazardous move (e.g., darting in front of a moving vehicle);
· Bicyclist running a stop light or stop sign;
· Motorist running a stop light or stop sign; or
· Motorist making a right or left turn in front of a moving bicycle.
"The data shows that the two most common types of incidents are bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road, and automobiles making turns without being aware of bicyclists," said Allan Crawford, Bike Coordinator, City of Long Beach. "The Share Our Streets campaign aims to help bicyclists better understand how they play a vital role in their own safety and to remind motorists to stay alert for the growing number of bicyclists who have the same right rights and responsibilities on Long Beach streets as motorists".
Local organizations, businesses and schools can find a Share Our Streets "SOS" Toolkit at www.bikelongbeach.org/sos-safety, with downloadable materials and order forms to request free safety education materials and bicycle racks. Bicycle and pedestrian training "rodeos" can be scheduled by clicking on "Classes and Workshops." The website also features safety instruction and information about "know your neighborhood" bike tours. Community contributions to the site's events calendar, links pages and blog are welcome.
Share Our Streets is made possible by a grant from Metro with in-kind support from Long Beach Transit.
Long Beach is nationally recognized as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and is ranked as a top-20 Bike-Friendly City by Bicycling magazine. Bike Long Beach is a program of the Long Beach Public Works Department.
For more information, e-mail Allan.Crawford@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.6618.
State of the 5th Council District
Meet the new East Division Commander and hear updates from City Departments
You are invited to the 7th Annual State of the 5th Council District.
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will be joined by representatives from the Police and Fire Department, Public Works and City Management to review the accomplishments of 2012 and what we can look forward to in 2013. In addition, meet the NEW East Division Commander, Paul LeBaron.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6pm
Long Beach Water Treatment Plant
2950 Redondo Avenue (at Spring Street)
Coastal Art and Poetry Contest
A contest for k-12 students
The Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for k-12 students is accepting entries through the postmark deadline of January 31st. This is a great vacation assignment for students to visit the coast, think about their last visit to the coast, look at coastal photos/videos and dream about one day visiting the coast, and then creatively present their thoughts in artwork or poetry.
The 2012 winners and honorable mentions are currently on exhibit at Crystal Cove State Park beach cottage #46 for about one more week, followed by the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura in January. Please visit if you find yourself at either of those beautiful locations.
The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to an art supply or book store, and each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists, www.acornnaturalists.com. All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium. Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials, and winning entries will be exhibited throughout the state. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013 to be eligible for the upcoming contest.
For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), visitwww.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/poster/poster.html (or follow the links fromwww.coastforyou.org), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (800) Coast-4U. Contest flyers (PDF or hard copy) are available upon request.
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