BikeFest and Plenty of Biking Activities; Long Beach Enjoys National Bike Month

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May is National Bike Month and Long Beach will be home to be more than a dozen public events, including the third Tour of Long Beach and BikeFest, the City’s annual Bike to Work Day festivities, and bike safety rodeos as part of the City’s goal to be the nation’s most bike friendly city.

“Thanks to state and federal grants, our investment in bicycle infrastructure has led to an increase in bike riding, people walking to work, bike-related businesses opening, and several businesses opening along our bike corridors to take advantage of the increased number of cyclists,” said Mayor Bob Foster.

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

May 4 – Bike Safety Rodeo, First Books Event, Dana Branch Library, 5:00-6:00 pm.

May 5 – BikeFest Tour of Long Beach, beginning at 6:30 am, Marina Green Park. The third annual event is expected to include 3,000 cyclists racing one of two long circuits around the City. A lighter, 4-mile beach ride is great for the whole family. The event supports pediatric cancer research at the Jonathan Jaques Childrens Cancer Centerat Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Complete details and online registration is available at www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/tour.

May 5 – BikeFest Bike Festival, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. This year’s Finish Line Festival will feature the Beachwood BBQ & Friends Craft Beer Garden, live entertainment, BMX stunts, a vendor fair and food stands. Bike safety and education will also be a primary focus. Complete details are at www.bikefestlb.com.

May 5 – Bike Saturday! Participating merchants throughout Long Beach, including the Bike-Friendly Business Districts in Bixby Knolls, East Village Arts District, Fourth Street “Retro Row” and Cambodia Town, offer discounts to bicyclists all day long. Visit www.BikeLongBeach.org for a complete list of participating retailers.

May 8 – Project: Southern Tier, An Environmental Bicycle Documentary Series, 7:30-8:30 pm, Aquarium of The Pacific. In this special presentation, film producer Jeff Hyland will screen a portion of his four-part documentary film series and join in a discussion about some of the issues most pressing on the world’s oceans today and how bicycles can help relieve much of that pressure. Details at www.aquariumofpacific.org.

May 12 – Bike Safety Rodeo, Veterans Park, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

May 12 – Bike Saturday!

May 17 – Bike Long Beach Bike to Work Day. To mark National Bike to Work Week (May 14-18), the City will join with Metro and other Southern California communities to promote commuting to work by bicycle on Thursday. Long Beach has promoted Bike to Work Day since 1996, and this year’s activities will include a morning pit stop at Long Beach City Hall Civic Center Plaza for coffee, bike safety checks, and other bicycle-related giveaways. More details and additional pit stops will be posted on www.BikeLongBeach.org.

May 17 – Bike to Work Day at California State University, Long Beach, 7:00-9:00 am. The community is invited join with CSULB to celebrate at the CSULB Beach Circle Bike Lanes, located adjacent to the Track & Field by the College of Business Administration and the University Art Museum. To view campus maps, please visit http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/parking/index.html.

May 19 – Bike Saturday!

May 20 – Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The inaugural Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls family ride will leave from Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave., promptly at 1:00. The 4-mile ride will be led by Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz and wind through the Bixby Knolls neighborhood following all of the rules of the road. Prior to the start, Cruz will give a safety demonstration and teach basic rules that pertain to biking on the streets. The ride will conclude Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave., where riders will be treated to complimentary ice cream. Complete details are at http://bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html.

May 26 – Bike Saturday!

The Bike Long Beach “Share Our Streets” safety campaign is funded by a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A multimedia and outdoor campaign throughout Long Beach will reach drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in 2012. For more information, please visit www.bikelongbeach.org, and follow Bike Long Beach on Facebook (http://fb.me/bikelongbeach) or Twitter (@bikelongbeach).

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