Pedaling Revolution: Join the cycling discussion in Long Beach

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pedaling-revolutionInterested in hearing how Long Beach is measuring up to its goal of becoming the most bike-friendly urban city in the nation? Attend one or even all three Pedaling Revolution events on Thursday, Nov. 19, to participate in a lively discussion on how cyclists are changing American cities. Jeff Mapes, the author of Pedaling Revolution, will be leading these discussions. All are open to the public without charge.

In Pedaling Revolution, Mapes details how cyclists are transforming cities in the United States. He describes how Seattle, Portland and other cities have brilliantly transformed into vibrant, healthy, safe, and attractive urban cities where bikes are used in everyday lives. Mapes goes further by looking into the future and seeing how cities such as Long Beach are transforming into more livable communities, places where cycling and walking are designed into the streetscape as pleasant and safe transportation options.

The City of Long Beach is currently using more than $10 million in grant funding to pay for bike lines and facilities, increased signage, a bike-safety educational campaign and a bike-share program. More information is available at

Mr. Mapes, senior political reporter for The Oregonian, will speak at the following events on Nov. 19:

Brown Bag Luncheon, Professional Focus: 12–1:30 pm
Studio One Eleven, 111 West Ocean Blvd., 20th Floor
Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy an overview from professional, practitioner perspective on cycling in American cities and how Long Beach is measuring up to its goal of becoming the best bike city in America.

Mid-Afternoon Discussion, Academic Focus: 2:30– 3:30 pm
California State University, Long Beach, University Bookstore
Mapes will present an overview and then lead a lively discussion of social/political change in America and how cyclists are actively engaged in reshaping American cities.

Evening Discussion, Community Focus: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Mapes will address key findings of his research related to cycling in America, forecast upcoming innovations, and report on political/economic trends that support cycling as a viable, attractive transportation option.

Haven’t had a chance to read Pedaling Revolution? Not to worry! Borrow a copy from a friend, pick up a copy from the bookstore, or even wait until after the event.

For more information, contact Charles Gandy, Mobility Coordinator, at or 562.570.6679.

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