Long Beach Recognized as Walk Friendly Community
2012-09-11 · By Editor
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Long Beach a Silver-Level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.
“By making it easier and safer for our residents and visitors to walk to their destinations, we are reducing the number of vehicle trips, calming traffic through our many neighborhoods, and improving the overall quality of life in Long Beach,” Mayor Bob Foster said.
Long Beach was recognized for its variety of programs that promote walking and enable pedestrians and transit riders to easily and safely move around the City. Among the initiatives and campaigns the City and local advocacy organizations have undertaken in recent years include:
- Safe Routes to School educational programs promoting the rules of the road;
- Traffic calming strategies that include traffic circles, diverters, reconfigured lanes and curb extensions;
- A Child Passenger, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety program through the City’s Neighborhood Services Bureau;
- Neighborhood street fairs and events in Business Districts that encourage pedestrian traffic and local shopping;
- The forthcoming 3-mile long walking path, next to the beach bike path, which will increase coastal access to pedestrians;
- The Port of Long Beach’s forthcoming 1-mile pedestrian bay front park that will include pedestrian access to the shoreline;
- The newly remodeled downtown Transit Gallery that was improved for walkability, including the use of extensive public art, new shelters, lights and landscaping;
- Long Beach Transit’s TranSmart communications system which alerts riders to real-time bus arrival information;
- The new walking path at Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center that features a historical timeline of World War II and the contributions of the Long Beach community;
- Work by walk advocacy group City Fabric to hold walking events, conduct walk tours and involve Long Beach citizens in active living; and
- Walking Tours by Long Beach Heritage to help foster preservation advocacy and education.
Long Beach is among four communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 33 communities in the United States have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.
For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit http://www.walkfriendly.org.