Video Highlights Bike-Friendly City

פורסם: 2 בספט׳ 2010, 23:04 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 2 בספט׳ 2010, 23:11 ]
 
 
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 3:19 pm

By Darcy Leigh Richardson
   Long Beach’s innovative bicycle transportation projects have garnered national attention this summer and some local publicity with the release of a short film showcasing why Long Beach arguably is a city best experienced on two wheels.

    Kerri Zane, American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer, television producer and Long Beach resident of 17 years, interviewed a few of the key players in the city’s “pedal movement” for her 7-minute film, which debuted in June at the Art Theatre. Zane paid for the film herself as “her contribution to Long Beach.”

    “In the last couple years, I’ve felt like too many people in our country are obese and we have a problem,” Zane said. “(Long Beach) is a fit for active living … and people need to know what the city is doing for them. Long Beach is a role model for the rest of the country.”

    A bicycle enthusiast, Zane said she had the idea to create a film promoting bicycling innovation and events in the city at the beginning of the year. The film was shot in mostly in Belmont Shore and downtown before the Second Annual Long Beach Bicycle Festival in May.

    Mayor Bob Foster, one of the stars of the film, said the city’s goal is to be named the most bicycle-friendly city in the country (Long Beach was No. 23 in the 2009 annual survey of the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle-Friendly Communities). Foster has been bicycling around town and taking longer rides to Huntington Beach.

    “I’ve really gotten into this (bicycling),” Foster said.

    Charlie Gandy, mobility coordinator for the city, rode alongside Zane on the award-winning Second Street sharrows in Belmont Shore. Gandy said the video could be used in the future as a marketing tool to attract conventioneers and Southern California tourists to the city.

    “(Zane) really captured the natural resources available to bicyclists in the city,” Gandy said. “It goes beyond weather and natural terrain. The entire City Council and the mayor all are supportive. We’re mining the talent we have already.”

    Sumire Gant, transportation programs officer for the city, introduced the segment about Long Beach’s first-in-the-nation BikeStation facility downtown where members can park their bikes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The city has more improvements to come in the near future, from the completion of bicycle lanes to educational programs.

    Gant said the bicycle safety education program will launch in the fall at all Long Beach Unified School District elementary and middle schools. A Safe Routes To School grant will provide classroom curriculum teaching children the rules of the road. Another recent grant for Bicycle Safety and Awareness will give the city resources for public outreach to motorists, cyclists, and city employees such as bus drivers and police officers.

    The city’s first bicycle corral near Utopia Restaurant on First Street in the East Village was installed Aug. 4, Gant said. The rack, shaped like a car, will take away one parking spot — but provide parking for 14 bicycles.

    Long Beach also will receive money for two additional bike boulevard projects, one on Sixth Street between Junipero Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard, and the other connecting Chestnut Avenue and Broadway downtown to the top of the Ninth District (North Long Beach), Gant said.

    “We’re starting our Bicycle Master Plan update at the end of the summer,” Gant said. “We’re taking comments from the community about where they would like bike boulevard locations and what they would like to see.”

    Watch  it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MlxaoW_XC8.

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