Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014

by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 11/2010

The City of Long Beach is on a mission to transform itself into a Mecca for cyclists and Caltrans is assisting.

Working cooperatively with the city, Caltrans just completed the installation of bike lanes in both directions of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the Orange County Line (Seal Beach) to Traffic Circle in Long Beach, a distance of 3.2 miles each way.

Although the lanes are finished, signs remain to be installed, said Caltrans Bicycle Coordinator Dale Benson. “We have received thank you’s from bicyclists who are already using the lanes,” he said. “It is much easier now to access PCH for the many cities along the San Gabriel River corridor.”

The new lanes also intersect with Bellflower Boulevard, which provides access to Cal State Long Beach.

“Bike lanes encourage bike riding, which in turn decreases automobile usage, reducing air pollution and contributing to the general health of the community,” Benson added.

According to internet news source “Streetsblog,” Long Beach has raised $17 million in state and federal grants to improve its bike system through a combination of traffic improvements, education and bike share programs. The plan includes resurfacing 20 miles of streets to include new bike lanes and paving more than 100 miles of bike infrastructure.