FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 080416
Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting for Protected Bike Lanes Along Artesia Boulevard
The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for new protected bike lanes along a half-mile stretch of Artesia Boulevard from Orange Avenue to Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will be on Thursday, August 11, at 10:00 am, in the 700 block of East Artesia Boulevard.
“These protected bike lanes are another impressive milestone for our City, and an example of what we would like to see done throughout Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “By creating additional protected bike lanes and expanding our bicycle network, we are ensuring our streets contribute to community life and our overall livability.”
The parking protected bike lanes are located between the curb and the parking lane in both directions of Artesia Boulevard. Rubber barriers similar to wheel stops, as well as plastic bollards, will be used to identify the parking lanes and guide motorists where to park. Green pavement markings will highlight approaching intersections and areas where vehicles may cross the bike lane.
“This is an exciting addition to Artesia Boulevard and the Uptown Renaissance," said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “The increased safety that these protected bike lanes provide will encourage more people to take advantage of our expansive bicycle network."
These protected bike lanes are the first phase in the Artesia Bike Lane Project, which will eventually provide protected bike lanes along Artesia Boulevard east to the City limit at Downey Avenue. The Public Works Department is analyzing other corridors throughout the City where protected bike lanes can be installed.