City Launches Healthy Go Uptown App at Beach Streets This Weekend

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At Beach Streets Uptown this Saturday, June 6, the City of Long Beach will launch a new mobile app, Go Uptown, to help people explore all the concerts, festivals, restaurant specials, Zumba classes, art activities, and more during the inaugural Open Street event. Afterward, the Go Uptown app will continue to serve as a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) resource and guide the Uptown community to nearby resources and business specials for an engaged, active and healthy life.

“During Beach Streets, people can use the Go Uptown app to plan their day and see what’s going on along the bike route,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “And moving forward, the Go Uptown app will showcase fun and healthy activities that are happening throughout North Long Beach. This app is a really great way that technology can support an active lifestyle.”

Presented by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Beach Streets Uptown will open up Atlantic Avenue for walking, bicycling, skating and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The transformation will stretch from Wardlow Road to Houghton Park at Harding Avenue.

“I’m proud to partner with the Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach to release the ‘Go Uptown’ mobile application,” said Councilmember Rex Richardson. “After years of hard work with the HEAL Zone initiative, this new tool will help to connect residents and users with instant access to a range of resources, from recreational activities in parks and libraries to special deals for individuals who walk or bike to our local businesses. Users will have access to the Uptown Renaissance at the touch of a button.”

The app also lists community resources such as community gardens, farmers markets, community health clinics, schools, points of interests, and local businesses. It highlights activities, programs and special events. The Go Uptown app will be available for downloading on June 6 at www.longbeach.gov/apps.

“We encourage everyone to use the app and to try out new opportunities to have fun while being healthy,” said Kelly Colopy, Director, Health and Human Services Department.

The app is made possible by The Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach (Coalition), funding from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs, and the City of Long Beach’s Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Public Works. The Coalition is a community collaborative focused on advocating for the health and wellness of North Long Beach residents throughout the city. The Coalition is open to all residents, City departments and community organizations that have an interest in the well-being of the North Long Beach community.

Currently, the main focus of the Coalition is the North Long Beach HEAL Zone Initiative, a multi-year grant funded by Kaiser Permanente. The Initiative is designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in North Long Beach communities through policies, systems and environmental changes. For more information, visit www.healzones.org/communities.

While Long Beach has long been a leader in bicycling and active transportation, this is the City’s first Open Streets event comparable in size and scope to Los Angeles’ CicLAvia, inspired by the Ciclovias first popularized internationally in Bogota, Columbia.

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.

Several intersections for vehicles to cross Atlantic Avenue will be maintained along the route.

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

Beach Streets Uptown is funded by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). For more information about all the entertainment and activities planned, as well as updates, maps and parking information, please visit www.beachstreets.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @beachstreetslb, and like us on Facebook  (search for “Beach Streets.”)

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