Mayor Foster, LB Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz, and Others Biked to Work

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Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach City Manager Pat West.

City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/U.S. Olympian Tony Cruz, Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin and others joined Mayor Bob Foster in a “Bike to Work” ride Monday morning to promote the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

“We’re celebrating May as ‘National Bike Month’ and our upcoming Tour of Long Beach by biking to work today,” said Mayor Foster.  “The Tour is going to be a great event that takes riders through our best bike routes along the beach, parks and the two rivers.  I encourage people to join me on the May 14 ride that is not only fun, but it’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.  The Tour of Long Beach invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City.  Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach.  For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit

“It was last year’s event that made me into a cycling enthusiast,” said Mayor Foster.  “I bought my bike for the first Tour of Long Beach and since then, I’ve made it a point to ride at least 100 miles every week.”

This year, Mayor Foster will be riding the Tour of Long Beach course twice as part of the Metric Century Ride.  The Mayor also has a team for any riders to join called the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

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