Alliance for Biking and Walking Ranks Long Beach Third in U.S. For Bike Infrastructure
2014-05-05 · By Editor
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 Beach annual charity bicycle ride that benefits Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 10, near the Long Beach Arena.