The City of Long Beach was recently ranked third in terms of having
the most miles of bicycle infrastructure per square mile among the
52 largest cities in the United States, according to the Alliance
for Biking and Walking. The City's grant-funded investments in
bicycling infrastructure have led to a doubling of bicycle riding
since annual bike counts began in 2008.
"We’re obviously very proud of our efforts to be the most
bicycle friendly city in the nation. Our investments have resulted
in a healthier, more active population and a boost to our economy,"
Mayor Bob Foster said.
The number of miles of bicycle infrastructure in Long Beach has
more than doubled since 2001, when the City Council approved the
Bicycle Master Plan. Then the City of Long Beach had 120 miles of
bikeways. Today there are 275 miles of bikeways (as long as the
drive to Las Vegas). This has lead to a doubling in the bicycling
rate, according to annual bike count data, where the new bicycling
infrastructure has been installed.
Bicycle ridership is expected to increase throughout the entire
city, as an additional 25 miles of grant-funded bike boulevards are
planned to connect north, south, east, and west Long Beach in the
next few years
The grant funding for bicycling and other mobility efforts has
already paid for a series of projects that serve a greater range of
bicycling abilities than standard designs have traditionally
served. These innovative signature projects include the green
“sharrows” on 2nd Street, the Vista Street Bike
Boulevard, and the pair of separated bikeways on 3rd Street and
Broadway in Downtown.
The League of American Bicyclists ranks Long Beach as a
“silver” city for its bike-friendly policies and
Bicycling Magazine rates Long Beach as one of the most
Bike-Friendly Cities in the United States.
Upcoming bicycle events in Long Beach include the Downtown Long Beach Bike Fest
, sponsored by
the Downtown Long Beach Associates, on Saturday, May 3, from 2 pm
to 11 pm in the East Village Arts District, and the Tour of Long
annual charity bicycle ride that benefits Miller
Children's Hospital Long Beach is scheduled for Saturday morning,
May 10, near the Long Beach Arena.