Beach Streets Event Celebrates Bike Friendly Long Beach
March 19th is the day to grab your bike and head downtown for the second Beach Streets event in Long Beach. A four mile stretch of Downtown, Broadway, and Retro Row will be closed down to accommodate bikers, skaters, and walkers. There will be live music, food, and local art showings. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to a full schedule of bands, there will be a Kids Zone with an obstacle course, bouncy house, and toddler area. The Kids Zone will be located in the parking lot on the corner of 4th and Cherry.
The Beach Streets block party will take place all day on Broadway between Redondo Ave. and Euclid. If you can’t make it to the event, CSULB’s student-run Kbeach Radio will broadcast the event live from Bixby Park via 88.1 FM HD3 and Kbeach.org.
The event, which is also known as a Ciclovia, encourages communities to become more bike-friendly and celebrates the initiatives already taken. Ciclovia events originated 40 years ago in Bogota, Columbia and now take place in cities across the world. The term translates to “cycleway” in Spanish and signifies a bike bath or closing of streets to accommodate bikers.
Part of the reasoning behind a Ciclovia is to show how society largely caters to vehicles. One of the many wonderful things about living in Long Beach is how bike friendly the city has become. This event, along with Long Beach’s Bike Fest and Downtown Bike Campaign are examples of Long Beach taking steps to continue being a bike friendly place to live.