Long Beach Continues to Celebrate Bike Month Throughout May With Weekly Bike Friendly Activities

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May is National Bike Month, and many activities and special events continue taking place in Long Beach this month.

The following is a list of events celebrating National Bike Month in Long Beach. An updated listing of events will be posted throughout the month at BikeLongBeach.org.

May 13-17 – Bike To Work Week. Metro and Bike Long Beach are teaming up to promote this annual campaign encouraging employees to ride mass transit and take their bicycles to work.

May 16 – Bike to Work Day. Two pit stops for commuters will provide free snacks and bicycling merchandise. The City Hall pit stop will be open from 6:30 – 8:00 am at the Civic Center Plaza, and the California State University, Long Beach pit stop will be held on the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and State University Drive from 7:00 – 9:00 am.

May 18 – Lawns to Gardens bike tour with the Green Genie. A special bike tour of converted lawn to garden landscapes of Belmont Shore homes will take place from 10 am to 2 pm as part of the Long Beach Water Department’s Lawn-to-Garden Tour. The rolling classroom will pass by 30 newly landscaped homes and will be led by Janine Cormier, principal of the Green Genie, a Long Beach landscape and maintenance company. Cormier will spend 10 to 30 minutes at each of five featured homes, describing the drought-tolerant landscapes and answering questions. The bike tour is free to 40 participants, but registration to greengeniesocal@yahoo.com is required.

May 18 – Bike Saturday Long Beach’s Bike Saturdays Program is one of the largest citywide discount programs for cyclists in the nation. Ride your bike to more than 100 participating local shops and eateries to receive a special discount or offer. Look for Bike Saturday merchants in many of city’s neighborhoods including the 7th Street Corridor, Alamitos Heights, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls, Cambodia Town, Downtown Long Beach, East Village, Los Altos, Retro Row, and Naples and the Marina Area. Visit BikeLongBeach.org for a complete list of participating retailers.

May 18-19 – Free Bike Parking at Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride. The Bikestation in Downtown on the First Street Transit Mall offers free bike parking during the 30th annual Long Beach Pride celebration.

May 19 – Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls celebrates one year of family bike rides with a kid-friendly ride, featuring ice cream at Georgie’s Place, where the event begins and ends.

May 25 – Velo Caravan. This classic bicycle ride starts at The Bicycle Stand, 1824 E Broadway. Bring your classic Road, Mixte, Touring, or middleweight bike.

May 25 – Bike Saturday.

For more information, please visit BikeLongBeach.org, and follow Bike Long Beach on Facebook or Twitter.

Striving to become the most bike-friendly city in America, Long Beach has added more than 30 miles of bicycle infrastructure since 2009 and encourages residents to bicycle to school, work and shop. Comprehensive bicycle safety campaigns include the multimedia “Share Our Streets” program, Safe Routes to School educational programs at all elementary and middle schools, and Know Your Districts neighborhood bike rides. Local advocacy and business groups also are leading such programs as Street Savvy Adult Bicycle Classes, Kidical Mass rides, and race training at El Dorado Regional Park.

About Bike Long Beach
Long Beach’s vision by 2020 is to be a city interconnected by a 200 plus mile network of safe bikeways that includes boulevards, protected lanes, striped lanes and bike routes) and other amenities like secure bicycle parking and education, encouragement and enforcement programs that to foster safe, active transportation to improve mobility, promote preventative health, reduce traffic congestion, lower greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors, old and young alike.

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