Long Beach Kicks Off “Share Our Streets” Campaign; Bike To Work May 19th

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Photo by Richard Masoner

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 bikelongbeach@bikelongbeach.gov.

“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

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One Response to “Long Beach Kicks Off “Share Our Streets” Campaign; Bike To Work May 19th”
  1. Margaret Studer says:

    Great, now if they just get the bicycles off the sidewalk it would be even better.
    Cyclists in Long Beach habitually have even less regard for pedestrians than drivers have for them.
    The Saturday before Mother’s Day my family and I had lunch at a local restaurant. Unfortunately so did some sort of cyclist club that chained up their bicycles is places that made it difficult for pedestrians. One was even chained to a post that was directly where pedestrians had to step up to get out of the street while crossing. It was necessary to step up diagonally, which was difficult.
    A few days later my husband and I were at the Downtown mall with our infant granddaughter in a stroller. While we were legally crossing one of the streets a cyclist whizzed between my husband and me, grazing me on the back of my right hand and narrowly missing crashing into the baby stroller. When I expressed shock, he cursed me.
    Between that spot and the time we reached Walmart, to other cyclists barely missed colliding with the baby stroller. Out on the sidewalk approaching the bus stop, there were several more narrow misses. They cyclists may feel they are in control and that the pedestrians are safe, but it does not feel that way when they are close enough for you to feel the breeze of them passing. Two accidents were only avoided because my husband stopped in time, not by the care of the cyclist.
    Long Beach sidewalks are like a bicycle freeway. Cyclists of all ages tear down the sidewalk honking or ordering pedestrians out of the way, if they even bother to do that. It is not the pedestrian’s responsibility to get out of the way. Pedestrians have the right of way. We should never even be asked to get out of the way of a bicycle. Even asking politely is rude if one does not have the right of way.