“Moving Long Beach – Bikes Are Only the Beginning” A Community Conversation

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Carrying forward the torch for Mark Bixby’s bicycle and active living legacy the non-profit advocacy group Bikeable Communities joins with Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, CSULB Sustainable Transportation Coordinator Elissa Briggs Thomas, and Mobility Coordinator Charlie Gandy to invite our local community to an interactive group dialogue on how we can use the “Livable Streets” model to help make Long Beach a more vibrant, thriving, healthy and desirable place for everyone. This event will occur on Thursday April 7, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Pyramid Annex Conference Room at California State University Long Beach. The event is free but guests are asked to rsvp by the end of Wednesday April 6th to allancrawford@bikeablecommunities.org to reserve a place.

The first in an ongoing series “Moving Long Beach” will use the “World Café” format to facilitate conversation and ideas, gathering participants together in small groups that will then rotate throughout the evening to discuss a series of “Livable Streets” concepts at different stations.

The evening will begin with a short presentation by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal honoring Mark Bixby’s vision, and Mobility Coordinator Charlie Gandy presenting Vice President for Administration and Finance Mary Stephens on behalf of the university with the prestigious Gold Award as a Bicycle Friendly Business and the Silver Award as a Bicycle Friendly University on behalf of the League of American Bicyclists.

About Bikeable Communities
Founded in 1998, Bikeable Communities is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to connecting communities and people through the benefits of cycling. For further information please visit: www.bikeablecommunities.org.

About Mark Bixby
Long Beach native Mark Bixby (June 1966 – March 2011) was a member of one of the most influential families in the history of the city. As one of the preeminent bicycle advocates in the city Mark was a member of “Off the Front,” as well as a member of the board of directors of Bikeable Communities. He was the founding director of the Long Beach Bike Festival and the driving force behind the effort to put a bike and pedestrian facility on the new billion-dollar Gerald Desmond Bridge. Much of what Long Beach has accomplished in the last three years with regard to achieving a bike-friendly city was in part due to Mark’s vision, passion, hard work and most of all his ability to connect with and influence people.

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