Cycling Advocates, City Officials Meet to Discuss State of Bicycling in Long Beach

Public Works’ Community Programs Specialist Tony Cruz speaks at the Bixby Park Community Center during a Bicycle Roundtable Wednesday night. Photo by Asia Morris.

Wednesday night’s Bicycle Roundtable meeting, an ongoing conversation on how the City of Long Beach, local bicycling advocates and health organizations can better work together to improve bicycling citywide, was hosted by Public Works’ Community Programs Specialist Tony Cruz at the Bixby Park Community Center. Several updates and announcements were made regarding the state of bike boulevards being built, Long Beach Bike Share and more.

Michelle Mowrey, the city’s new mobility and healthy living programs officer, introduced herself to the 15 or so attendees. Mowrey now oversees the programs and projects involving healthy transportation options and comes with over 35 years of experience serving the public, of which 23 were spent developing the Bicycle Program for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Long Beach Bike Share

 File photo by Asia Morris.

News for Long Beach Bike Share includes an expansion to Cal State Long Beach, where eight drop zone locations (which are not bike share stations, but zones where you can drop the bike and not be penalized), as well as bike share stations at each of the CSULB shuttle stops, will be installed starting this week. Further expansion of the network is also planned for north and west Long Beach. The program overall has more than tripled its number of memberships in the last year from 5,111 to 18,426, with the current system maintaining a total of 60 stations and drop zones.

The biggest news involving the bike share program is a recent change in operators. Initially operated by CycleHop, starting almost two months ago, Pedal Movement is now the interim operator of the program. Pedal Movement also operates the Bikestation on 1st Street in downtown, which will become Long Beach Bike Share’s headquarters. Eventually the program will send out a…

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