Urban Bike Map Explores Downtown and Local Attractions

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Celebrating National Bike Month and bike-friendly Long Beach, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) announces the release of the “Downtown By Bike” urban bike map of Downtown Long Beach and surrounding areas. Featuring scenic routes and rides, along with a guide to local bike shops and repair stations, the “Downtown By Bike” Map is the perfect pocket tool for casual and serious riders.

Aspiring to be “The Most Bike-Friendly City in America,” Long Beach, California features the nation’s first public bike parking station the BikeStation, California’s first dedicated bike lanes, and some of the most scenic ocean-front paths in the region. Authentic downtowns like Downtown Long Beach lend themselves to bicycle travel. Whether it is to avoid taking a car, to get exercise, or simply to enjoy exploring shops and restaurants at a more relaxed pace, Downtown Long Beach is best experienced by bike. 

“DLBA encourages Downtown users to make a conscious effort to transition from an auto-oriented culture and embrace more multi-modal options such as public transportation, walking and bicycling when experiencing our urban center,” shared Kraig Kojian, President & CEO of the DLBA. “More people on their feet and on their bikes makes for a safer, more vibrant Downtown — adding to the quality of life and urban living experience we strive to incorporate.”

The “Downtown By Bike” urban bike map offers a user-friendly guide to safely navigating to, from and around Downtown Long Beach via bike lanes, bike paths, sharrows (painted bike lanes), and recommended routes. Additionally, the map highlights points of interest including local attractions, parks, museums, dining and retail. A new series of “Downtown By Bike” themed bike banners are now installed along the dedicated bike lanes on Broadway and 3rd Street, promoting biking safety, convenience and the bike map itself.

The DLBA will release the “Downtown By Bike” urban bike map to the public at the 2014 Bike Fest, to be held on Saturday, May 3 in Downtown’s Bike Friendly Business District – the East Village. The event will be held from 2:00 – 11:00 p.m. at First Street and Linden Ave and include a bike expo and craft beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Criterium street race sponsored by Wolfpack Hustle, City Cross urban obstacle course sponsored by Bikeable Communities, Goldsprint races sponsored by City Grounds and 1897LB, and “Stylish by Bike” bike + fashion contest.

“Bike Fest is a celebration of Long Beach bike culture and bike-friendliness,” added Gina Dartt, DLBA Marketing and Special Events Manager. “We look forward to debuting this new map to the thousands of biking enthusiasts that join us every year.

The “Downtown By Bike” bike map will be available at the DLBA offices, all Downtown bike shops, local hotels, and online for download at DowntownByBike.com.

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