PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/6/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:100617
Subject:
City of Long Beach Recruits Volunteers for Tenth Annual Bike Count
Contact:
Eric Widstrand
562.570.6537
Eric.Widstrand@longbeach.gov
City Traffic Engineer
Department of Public Works





The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help conduct its Tenth Annual Bike Count, on Thursday, October 192017, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, as well as on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Participants can choose a convenient site from among 25 locations throughout the City.

The City continues to improve our livability initiatives, like those focused on bicycling, because it’s vital that we create more opportunities for residents to safely explore our City,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our aim is to maintain our status as one of the best cities for bicycling in the nation.”

The bike counts play an important role in helping to improve the safety and livability of the City by evaluating the effectiveness of projects, and providing supporting data for grant applications. With consistent data from year to year, the counts provide key metrics to the City regarding safety, capacity, ridership trends, and the value of the City’s investments.

“Having measurable data for people who bicycle and walk allows us to find opportunities to improve safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians throughout the City,” said City Traffic Engineer Eric Widstrand. “This data informs our work and allows us to build more innovative projects.” 

The City has experienced dramatic increases in bicycle ridership alongside its investment in an expanding bikeways network. The 25 sites for the 2017 count are along upcoming project routes such as: Bellflower Boulevard, 15th Street, Daisy Avenue, areas identified for safety improvement, and sites that the City has consistently counted in the past.

Volunteers can register by visiting www.bikelongbeach.org/bikecount or by calling the Public Works Traffic Engineering Division at (562) 570-6331.

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