Second Bike Corral Unveiled in Downtown Long Beach
2010-11-11 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach’s drive to become the Most Bike-Friendly City in the country continued on Wednesday with the installation of the second bike corral in the Downtown area. The bike corral is in the 400 block of Pine Avenue, conveniently located near shops and eateries.
“Bike corrals are a great way for us to promote cycling, encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, and to create a more livable community for Downtown residents,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia, who represents the First Distrct. “This is just one part of our ongoing improvements and enhancements to the Pine Avenue corridor, with much more to come.”
What is a Bike Corral?
The bike corral is a metal rack shaped symbolically like a car that provides secure on-street parking for 14 bicycles. It fits into a standard parking space (traditionally used to park one automobile) without blocking pedestrian access on sidewalks, and helps get the community into local businesses without getting into their cars.
“The bike corral will help make Downtown Long Beach more vibrant and bike-friendly, making trips to business corridors easier than ever,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO of the Downtown Long Beach Associates.
In addition, bike corrals improve the outdoor café seating environment; increase the visibility of bicycling; improve cyclists’ access to commercial corridors; and improve visibility at intersections by eliminating the opportunity for larger vehicles to park and block their line of sight.
Becoming a Bike-Friendly City
In its quest to become the Most Bike-Friendly City in the Country, the City of Long Beach has:
- Installed 35 miles of new bike routes in the past two years, with 45 more coming in the next year.
- Promoted cycling and walking to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and create a more livable community.
- Launched a safety education campaign to improve bike safety and increased awareness by going into every elementary and middle school in Long Beach, and teaching safety education and awareness to adults to encourage all to share the road and follow the rules of the road.
Long Beach has also created innovative bike infrastructure throughout the city.
- Green Sharrow Lane on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore that opened in June, 2009.
- Bike Boulevard on Vista Street between Temple and Nieto that will open in November.
- Separated Bike Lanes on Broadway & 3rd Street from Golden to Alamitos that will open in early 2011.
- Installing over 2,000 custom bike racks citywide, including bike corrals.