Midtown will spring to life on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the Beach Streets Midtown Open Street event along Anaheim Street from Orange Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.
“We are extremely excited about hosting yet another Beach Streets event,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “They’re so popular with the community because there is really something for the whole family, whether it’s biking, skating, music, art or just seeing your friends and neighbors out having fun.”
The 2.5-mile route will include several hubs of activity, with festivals, music, demonstrations, food and more.
“We’re looking forward to another wonderful Beach Streets event,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “They are a great opportunity to discover a new favorite business or restaurant.”
Many City Departments will participate with healthy, active-living activities, booths and information for the whole family, including the Health Department, Fire, Police, Library, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Airport, Port, Public Works and more.
“People are sure to see Long Beach in a new light,” said Councilmember Daryl Supernaw. “Best of all, Beach Street Midtown will be a lot of fun.”
Several intersections for vehicles to cross Anaheim Street will be maintained along the route; however, the entire route and the extended streets will be closed to vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and anything with a motor. Exceptions will be made for officially marked transportation for those with disabilities.
“Beach Streets is a wonderful event that bring families and communities together,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “This will be the first time the Sixth District and Midtown play a bigger role in the event route. We are going to use this event to highlight our district’s innovation, activity, and willingness to keep moving forward.”
Tens of thousands of people have participated in the City’s first two Open Streets events: Beach Streets Uptown on June 6, 2015; and Beach Streets Downtown on March 19, 2016.
Open Street events are gaining popularity throughout North America. The events promote the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. By repurposing streets for cyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users, cities are encouraged to consider other ways our streets can be used.
Acceptable modes of transportation along the route include: bicycles, skates, Rollerblades, skateboards, walking, etc. The only motorized vehicles allowed must be officially marked means of transportation for those with disabilities.
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