“Beach Streets Uptown” Opens Atlantic Ave for Day of Cycling, Socializing, June 6

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On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Atlantic Avenue will be transformed for an Open Street event called “Beach Streets Uptown.” The event will open up Atlantic Avenue for walking, bicycling, and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The transformation will stretch from Harding Avenue to Wardlow Road.

“We finally have our own version of Ciclovia, and it’s an all-ages family event that will showcase the best of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m looking forward to spending the day exploring Uptown by bike and I hope the whole city will come out and support this great event.”

Open Street events are gaining popularity throughout North America. The events 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 our streets can be used.

“This event will be a great way for the community to socialize, enjoy new and familiar businesses, and learn about different methods of getting around our beautiful city,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

Entertainment will be provided at several nodes along the route, and at the major hubs of Bixby Knolls, Scherer Park, & Houghton Park. Several intersections for vehicles to cross Atlantic Avenue will be maintained along the route.

“Beach Streets Uptown is a great opportunity for our neighborhoods, businesses and visitors to rediscover the Atlantic corridor from a unique perspective,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the best that Uptown Long Beach has to offer.”

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the Health Department will provide healthy active living activities and information.

“North Long Beach is undergoing a significant renaissance, and Beach Streets Festival is a great way to showcase the great neighborhoods, cultural resources, and businesses in North Long Beach,” said Councilmember Rex Richardson.

Acceptable modes of transportation along the route include: bicycles, skates, rollerblades, skateboards, walking etc. The only motorized vehicles allowed must be officially marked means of transportation for those with disabilities.

Beach Streets Uptown is funded by LA County Metro, and will be preceded on April 7, 2015 by Beach Streets Grand Prix View, which opens up the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race track to pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists and strollers.

For more information about both events, including updates, maps and parking information, please visit www.beachstreets.com.

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