Long Beach Celebrates National Bike Month With A Variety Of Options For 2011

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Food, festivals and fundraisers are part of the City of Long Beach’s annual celebration of National Bike Month in May 2011 as community organizations join with Bike Long Beach to host bike-friendly activities and promote safe riding on city streets and bikeways.

The City of Long Beach will join with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to celebrate Bike-To-Work Day on Thursday, May 19. “Pit Stops/Energizing Stations” for people riding their bikes to work in Long Beach will include one at City Hall from 7:00 – 9:00 am, featuring free hot coffee, breakfast to-go items, bicycle maps, opportunities to win giveaways, and bike tune-ups.

On Friday, May 20, parents and students and encouraged to participate in Bike-To-School Day.

“As an avid bicyclist myself, I want to encourage residents to consider riding a bicycle to the office once a week,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “We should all take advantage that Long Beach has more than 270 miles of bicycle infrastructure, including new bike lanes, bike boulevards, sharrows and separated bikeways.”

The following is a partial list of National Bike Month activities occurring in Long Beach during May 2011. Additional events will be posted all month long at http://bikelongbeach.org/Events/.

  • May 11, Free JAX Bike Safety Checks in the CSULB Quad. Stop by for a free 12-point bike safety inspection: brake checks, tire straightening, chain tension, lubrication, smooth gear shifting and other essentials for a safe ride.
    Every second Wednesday of the month, 11 am to 1 pm
  • May 13-14, Long Beach Bicycle Festival, http://www.dlba.org/LongBeachBicycleFestival.
    Downtown Long Beach Associates will host two days of events surrounding the Tour of Long Beach, including a Friday night Carbo Load and Fun Fest featuring an outdoor vendor festival, stunts and fixed gear bike competitions, and live music. The family-friendly Finish Line Festival on Saturday, held on the lawn area of The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, will feature a vendor fair, children’s activity area, bike safety and education booths, live music and delicious food.
    Carbo Load and Friday Fun Fest, Friday, May 13, 5 –9 pm
    Finish Line Festival, Saturday, May 14, 9 am – 4 pm
  • May 14, Tour of Long Beach, http://www.millerchildrens.org/tour.
    Nearly 2,000 riders are expected to participate in the second annual event benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Bicyclists of all levels from beginner to experienced will take a leisurely 31-mile circuit through Long Beach parks and scenic neighborhoods, and along beaches, inland bays and the downtown waterfront. A 4-mile family fun ride along the city’s beach bike path is perfect for riders of all ages.
    Marina Green Park, 540 East Shoreline Dr., 8:00 am; Family fun ride, 9 am
  • May 18 & 21, Bike Traffic Skills 101 Course at CSULB, www.csulb.edu/rideshare
    Free to adults who bike in Long Beach, Traffic Skills 101 consists of consists of one 2-hour classroom training session plus one 3-hour on-road training session. Register online in advance to reserve your spot.
    Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Pyramid Annex Training Room
    Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Parking Lot 20 On-Road Training
  • May 19, Bike to Work Day Pit Stops, To encourage the public to Bike to Work, two Pit Stops will provide refreshments, freebies and bike safety checks.
    CSULB, 6 am to 9 am, Palo Verde Avenue. between Atherton and State University Drive
    Long Beach City Hall Civic Center Plaza, 7 am to 9 am

Long Beach has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and is ranked in the top 25 bike cities by Bicycling Magazine. California State University, Long Beach, was recently awarded Gold-Level status as a Bicycle Friendly Business and Silver-Level status as a Bicycle Friendly University by the same organization.

Bicycle Commuter Resources (You can do it!)

10 Steps to Riding Your Bike to Work:

Park Your Bike at Bikestation:

Bring Your Bike on LB Transit:

Bring Your Bike on Metro, including bike maps

Where to Ride on the Roadway

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