PRESS RELEASE

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

1/5/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:010518
Subject:
Long Beach Accomplishes 2017 Mobility Challenge Goal – 'Count Me in LB'
Contact:
Jennifer Carey
Executive Assistant
Department of Public Works
562.570.6522
Jennifer.Carey@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach announces the success of the 2017 citywide mobility challenge, “Count Me in LB.” In 2017, a total of 1,109,270 cyclists and/or pedestrians passed the Eco-Counter, located on the beach path near Belmont Pier. The goal of this challenge was to reach a total count of 1,000,000 by December 31, 2017. The challenge was intended to encourage residents to take advantage of the many mobility options the City has to offer, and to utilize social media through the #CountMeinLB campaign, to inspire others to get involved.

“Long Beach continues to be recognized as one of the most walkable and bikeable cities in the U.S. and reaching this goal shows that more and more residents are riding and walking,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I congratulate those who participated and encourage everyone to take advantage of the many bike paths, walking trails, and swimming facilities our City has to offer.”

In the past, the City’s Traffic Engineering Division collected usage data annually by doing physical counts of pedestrians and bicycles. The physical counts provided only a snap shot, from which the City could project ridership and activity in a particular area.

In September of 2016, the City’s Public Works Department installed the Eco-Counter, an automated counting system used to collect more accurate usage data on the beach paths. The system installed on the beach path has the capabilities to distinguish between cyclists and pedestrians walking or jogging along the newly separated pedestrian path.

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