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Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016
Long Beach, located in Southern California seems to be on its way to realize its dream of being the most ‘bicycle friendly city’ in America by introducing brand new bike lanes. Recently, city officials transformed a parking lane based in Atlantic Blvd. into a bike lane, after moving the parking lane to the travel lane as part of the experimentation.
And, this is the second time city officials have made attempts to establish separate lanes for bikes. For, quite some time ago, they erected a bike lane in Cambodia Town and it had drawn great feedback from the citizens, as per Ira Brown, the city planner.
Ira Brown stated that citizens prefer riding bikes in safer lanes that are alienated from the main car traffic. She added that people who have been driving cars are also interested to learn about which lane the cyclists would utilize for commuting. Now, city officials are eager to learn if the separate bike lanes would really appeal to the local citizens of Long Beach.
Establishing separate bike lanes are a part of the city’s master bicycle plan. The very first master plan for bicycles had been set up in the year 2001. Now, the new master plan aims to motivate casual riders to come out into the streets. Ira Brown said that the city officials were looking forward to learn about the kind of bike facilities that would inspire citizens to ride more often.
Los Angeles, too has followed in the footsteps in Long Beach by setting up separated bike lanes in Main and Spring lanes. The bike lanes would be established behind the parked cars in the streets.
Long Beach plans to finish its community outreach within the end of summer. Thereafter, it would send proposals to the city council, based on this report. Brown said that the city officials are trying to give rise to a culture of biking in Long Beach.