Beach Streets is Back!Release Date: 2022-08-16
This year’s Beach Streets University will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and span neighborhoods from Atherton Street up to Spring Street, providing safe, open areas for people to walk, bike and socialize. The free, family friendly event will feature several entertainment hubs along the route, including a dedicated children’s area at Whaley Park, as well as outdoor music, food and drink specials, activities and more.
“We’re so excited for Beach Streets University to be back,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This is an amazing event that brings our community together in a safe and family friendly day. I’ll be on my bike all day and can’t wait to see everyone.”
The Beach Streets University route will span from Atherton Street along California State University, Long Beach, up Bellflower Boulevard to Los Coyotes Diagonal, then up Los Coyotes Diagonal to Spring Street, stretching along Spring Street from Bellflower Boulevard to Studebaker Road.
In addition to entertainment and food offerings, many City Departments and community groups will also participate with healthy, active-living activities, booths and information for the whole family, along with demonstrations, food, entertainment and more.
“After a two-year hiatus, I am happy the return of Beach Streets is taking place in our Fourth District,” said Councilman Daryl Supernaw. “I’m also excited to hear the band Electric Funeral perform live in front of the Pyramid.”
Several intersections for vehicles to cross Bellflower Boulevard, Los Coyotes Diagonal and Spring Street will be available along the route; however, the entire route and the extended streets will be closed to vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and anything with a motor. Acceptable modes of transportation along the Beach Streets route include bicycles, skates, Rollerblades, skateboards, walking, and other non-motor transportation. The only motorized vehicles allowed must be officially marked means of transportation for people with disabilities.
“Beach Streets quickly became a staple for our community, and we’re excited to host its return here in East Long Beach,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan. “Neighbors, friends and families are encouraged to come out, connect and celebrate our great city.”
Beach Streets first began in Long Beach in 2015 and has since drawn tens of thousands of people. Open Street events are popular throughout North America, as they promote the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic and public health goals. By repurposing streets for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized users, cities are encouraged to consider other ways streets can be used.
More information about this year’s Beach Streets University event is available at beachstreets.com.