Long Beach Begins Building Excellent New Bike Lanes Long Beach Begins Building Excellent New Bike Lanes
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Long Beach Begins Building Excellent New Bike Lanes

by Andrew Price

February 5, 2011

We all know biking is a healthier way of getting around than sitting in a car. And in a sunny place like Long Beach, California, it should be more pleasant than driving, too. Unfortunately, without safe bike lanes, cyclists often have to share the road with cars, and that can be a harrowing experience.

This pilot project will cost $639,594 and is scheduled for completion by March 11. If these bike lanes prove effective, the city will make them permanent with landscaped medians (and, presumably, expand the network of separated bike paths). It's part of Long Beach's plan to become "the most bicycle-friendly city in America." And while that may be an ambitious goal—has the City Council heard of Portland or Davis?—it's one more cities should adopt.
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Long Beach Begins Building Excellent New Bike Lanes