Long Beach Kicks Off “Share Our Streets” Campaign; Bike To Work May 19th
2011-05-18 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach is encouraging employers and residents to participate in Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 19, 2011. Dry weather is forecast, and special “Pit Stop/Energizing Stations” will help bicyclists along their way.
“I’m an avid fan of bicycles and I just rode my bike to work last week,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I want to encourage our residents to take advantage of the 270 miles of bicycle infrastructure in Long Beach and be part of Bike to Work Day on Thursday. Riding your bike to work is not only a healthy way for you to get to work, but good for the environment as well.”
The Pit Stop/Energizing Station will provide free hot coffee, breakfast to-go items, opportunities to win giveaways, and bike tune-ups for bike commuters at the following locations:
- Long Beach City Hall, 7-9 am.
- 333 W. Ocean Blvd., sponsored by the City of Long Beach (www.bikelongbeach.org)
- California State University, Long Beach, 6-9 am.
- 6200 Atherton St., in front of the Walter Pyramid at the bike lane on Atherton Street, sponsored by CSULB Rideshare, CSULB Cyclists and Jax Bicycles (www.csulb.edu/rideshare and www.csulb.edu/org/special/csulbcyclists/ ). Bike tune-ups will be offered after 7 am.
Dozens of California counties and cities are supporting Bike Commute Week, May 16 to May 20, and Bike to Work Day initiatives. For more information, visit www.bikelongbeach.org or contact Charles Gandy at 562.570.6679.
“Share Our Streets” Survey Launched
In conjunction with Bike Commute Week, residents are invited to participate in the 2011 bike Safety Survey, to measure awareness of driver and bicycle safety rules, and to elicit feedback on which bicycle-friendly amenities would encourage increased ridership. The 5-minute survey also includes a brief safety quiz, with correct answers provided upon completion.
The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikesafelb, until July 15, 2011, and in print form at City Hall and local bicycle shops. A Spanish language version of the survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/bicisegurol.
The 2011 Bike Safety Survey was commissioned as part of an expanded motorist and bicyclist safety campaign in the city funded by a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The survey results will provide a baseline of information for the “SOS: Share Our Streets” campaign and help to shape the city’s outreach plan.
Print copies of the survey can be requested for local civic or neighborhood organizations by contacting Bike Long Beach at 562.570.6667 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Be Aware. Share Our Streets”
Twelve Tips for Sharing Our Streets Safely in Long Beach
1. Same Road, Same Rules, Same Rights for motorists and bicyclists
2. Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions
3. Red Means Stop at Traffic Signals and Stop Signs
4. Watch the “Door Zone” when bicycles are riding alongside parked cars
Important Rules for Motorists
5. Slow When Passing Bicyclists
6. Allow 3 Feet or More When Passing Bicyclists
7. Take Extra Precaution at Driveway Entrances and Intersections
8. Use Your Horn to Warn, Not to Scorn
Important Rules for Bicyclists
9. Be Predictable and Use Hand Signals
10. Be Visible at Night – Use a Headline and Side and Rear Reflectors
11. Ride with the Flow of Traffic
12. Walk Your Bike on the Sidewalk in Business Districts