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  • postie phil

    You should email the city cycling dept your web page. Let them read your advice / suggestions for improvements. I think they would find it helpful to make use of your vast cycling experience and on road expertise. Lead them to the water and hope they drink.

    September 26, 2011
  • I live in N. OC right next to Long Beach and agree with the sidewalk comment. I have seen more people here riding on the sidewalk than any other place I’ve lived. Even with bike lanes, I think the lack of education mixed with the fear of cars makes people choose the sidewalk regardless of lanes.

    Also, I’ll have to check out the Bike Connection. It looks like a really cool shop!

    September 26, 2011
  • Russ,
    Thank you for your thoughtful story and coverage of the BFBD program. Similar to how Burnside in Portland is not bike-friendly but the city created the lovely adjacent bike blvd, I think (I hope!) the city is looking to do the same in Bixby Knolls with the roads parallel to Atlantic. I’ll bring your compelling BPAC idea to the attention of Allan Crawford, the city’s new bike coordinator.

    It’s always great to have bike experts in town, and your and Laura’s observations are important for Long Beach.

    Ride on,
    ae

    September 26, 2011
  • Carl

    I really think cops should enforce the laws against riding on sidewalks and against traffic. So many times I am out there taking the lane and right next to me another cyclist is riding on the sidewalk. It makes me look foolish to cars since I feel they think I should be off the street and the sidewalk too. The people that ride on the street against traffic (I call them Salmon), really are dangerous too other cyclists and themselves.
    Another good post Russ!

    September 26, 2011
  • Chris Quint

    Thank you Russ and Laura for visiting the city and giving your thoughtful and constructive views on why this town continues to struggle without a clear vision of the way ahead. You are right on target about advocates ‘burning out’ because the city can’t seem to engage them honestly nor empower cyclists and citizens to drive the agenda.

    September 27, 2011
  • Jim Bob

    It is a bummer that LB Cyclists gave up just as the tide is turning in the city. Following the course of other activist groups that have dissolved (Ecolink) or just become muted (Sierra Club LB Chapter and Surfrider) just as they gain relevance. I am sure that activists in the Northwest or Minneapolis are far more resilient. Southern California and LB in particular is a black hole for civic culture.

    September 30, 2011

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