Los Angeles may have an ambitious bike plan in the works but if you want to see a truly bike-centric Southern California community today, you'll have to head south to Long Beach. The city recently declared itself the most bike-friendly city in the country and they've got the infrastructure to prove it: separated bike lanes, miles of bike paths, the area's first bike boulevard, even official bicycle-friendly districts. So on Sunday, December 4, we're heading to Long Beach for a ride around this bike-friendly town with Charlie Gandy
, former mobility director for the city, and president of Livable Communities.
Sunday, December 4
333 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach CA 90802
City Hall is the massive Brutalist building that's hard to miss. There's a large plaza on the east side of the building with this bike sculpture
on the wall. We'll meet there.
12:00 pm: Ride departs, follow us at de_LaB for updates!
3:30 pm: Ride ends with drinks and snacks, location TBD
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, we recommend taking your bikes on the Metro Blue Line to Long Beach. If you get off at the Long Beach Transit Mall stop, it's just a few blocks to City Hall. The ride from downtown takes 55 minutes on a Sunday, so please plan your trip accordingly at Metro.net
. You'll want to be at the 7th and Metro station of the Blue Line by 10:45 am.
We have 12 bikes that can be rented (for free, thanks to the City of Long Beach!). If you want to reserve one, please be sure to RSVP with the "Bike Rental" ticket.
Please bring water, sunblock and a helmet if you choose to wear one. Helmets will not be available to rent.
Space is very limited so if you RSVP but cannot make it after all, please let us know so we can release your space