City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 050715
Community Invited to Help Improve Pedestrian Access to Metro Blue Line Stations in Long Beach
Jacqueline Medina
Long Beach Development Services

The public is invited to participate in "Sidewalk Stories," an interactive show-and-tell presentation that will help put new ideas into motion for improving pedestrian access to transit stations around the City.  The event has been scheduled in conjunction with the East Village 2nd Saturday Art Walk on May 9, at 4:00 p.m. at Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave.

“Long Beach is committed to being safe and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit commuters,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.  “This event is a great opportunity for residents to participate in our efforts to improve connectivity, increase economic opportunities, and enhance quality of life in Long Beach.” 

As part of the City's preparations of a Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Pedestrian Master Plan (Plan), a grant provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is allowing for focused efforts on concepts to increase pedestrian access to and from Metro Blue Line Stations in Long Beach. The Plan will combine transit-friendly policies and guidelines to ensure best practices for pedestrian design and identify catalytic infrastructure projects.

Sidewalk Stories is a citywide event that will provide an opportunity for input on the Plan that could affect four City Council Districts along the Metro Blue Line.  A concurrent exhibition of proposed improvement concepts will be held in the Alta Way alley adjacent to the Hellada Art Center.

“Sidewalk Stories” is made possible by support from Metro, Long Beach Development Services, and the City of Long Beach Public Works Department.

For more information about the Sidewalk Stories event or to get involved, contact Ira Brown at 562.570.5972 or