Residents Invited to WalkForth Event and Help Make Long Beach More Pedestrian-Friendly

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The public is invited to WalkForth, an interactive event that will exhibit proposed improvement concepts that could be incorporated at Metro stations around the City.  The demonstration will include mid-block crossings, curb extensions, landscaped medians, green alleys and more for community input on Friday, September 19, at 11:00 am, on Fourth Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue.
“The City is dedicated to accommodating all modes of travel for those who live and work in Long Beach or come to visit,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This is part of our efforts to improve walking and transit use, and to enhance our quality of life and the local economy by implementing more efficient commuting options.”

In an effort to achieve the City’s vision for a more safe and enjoyable pedestrian-friendly community, preparations have begun on a Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Pedestrian Master Plan (Plan) that will provide policies, guidelines, and standards to ensure best practices for pedestrian design and identify catalytic infrastructure projects.

WalkForth is a citywide event that will provide an opportunity for input on the Plan that could affect four City Council Districts along the Metro Blue Line. A grant provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will also allow for focused efforts on increased pedestrian access to and from Metro Blue Line Stations in Long Beach.

WalkForth is made possible by support from Metro, Long Beach Development Services, the City of Long Beach Public Works Department, and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability.

For more information about the WalkForth event, contact Ira Brown at 562.570.5972 or ira.brown@longbeach.gov.

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