The community is invited to kick-off the "Beach Streets Downtown" Open Street event on Saturday, March 19, at 10:00 am on Broadway in front of Bixby Park. Then, the Broadway corridor will be opened up for walking, bicycling, skating and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue until 5:00 pm.
“Beach Streets Downtown will open up the Broadway corridor for a day of fun, excitement and new discoveries,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’d love to see as many people as possible enjoying bicycling, walking, or roller skating with their friends and neighbors.”
The free entertainment and activities will include a block party, concerts, giveaways, yoga classes, a community festival, kid’s zones, food tastings, a canine agility course, bike tuning stations, a photo booth, the Aquarium on Wheels and more.
“I’m proud to once again support an incredible event that gets people outdoors to explore their city,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. “Beach Streets is a great opportunity for residents to visit a local small business or taste a new restaurant. Exploring a neighborhood on foot or on a bike allows you to see the nooks and crannies of a community that you would otherwise miss while driving in a car.”
Entertainment and activities will be provided along the 4-mile route, including several activity hubs:
• Pine Avenue from 1st to 8th Streets in Downtown
• Linden Avenue from 1st to 4th Streets in the East Village Arts District
• Cherry Avenue from 2nd to 4th Streets, including Bixby Park
• 4th Street from Cherry Avenue to Junipero Avenue, on Retro Row
• Broadway between Redondo and Euclid Avenues, Beach Streets Block Party
“An added feature for Beach Streets Downtown is that this will be the first day that the public can sign up for membership and use bicycles from the City’s new bike share program,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “We’ll have 100 bicycles available at 10 stations to start, so there’s no excuse not to participate.”
For more information, visit www.LongBeachBikeShare.com.
Children’s activities will include live music, break-dancing workshops and performances, face painting, balloon twisting, a magician, a 25 foot rock-climbing wall, mobile skate park and clinics, and art activities with the Long Beach Public Library.
“Long Beach has a very strong history with skateboarding, its music and its lifestyle, so throughout the day on North Pine Avenue there will be activities and bands dedicated to all things skateboarding,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “There will also be bike safety classes, so we’ve got you covered whether you ride on two wheels or four.”
“We’re not just kicking off Beach Streets Downtown at Bixby Park, we’re planning an all day festival with bands and a fun and interactive kid’s zone, with an 85-foot-long obstacle course, a bounce house and a toddler area,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “These are just some of the many family friendly activities that will be available for people to enjoy.”
Many City Departments are participating in Beach Streets Downtown, with healthy, active-living activities, booths, giveaways and information for the whole family, including the Health Department, Fire, Police, Library, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Airport, Port, Public Works and more.
Several intersections for vehicles to cross Pine Avenue and Broadway 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. Acceptable modes of transportation along the route include: bicycles, skates, Rollerblades, skateboards, walking, etc.
Open Street 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.
Funding for Beach Streets Downtown is generously provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, grant funding from Los Angeles County, and other local and City sources.
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