PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/22/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 102220
Subject:
City of Long Beach Seeking Volunteers for 13th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count
Contact:
Jennifer Carey
Community Relations Officer
Public Works Department
562.570.6522
Jennifer.Carey@longbeach.gov




Every October, volunteers and City employees work together to tally the number of bicyclists, pedestrians and e-scooter riders across key intersections in Long Beach. The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to assist with counts and make observations regarding how people are using roadways. 

“We’ve seen more bike and pedestrian traffic than ever during the pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We want more people to feel comfortable using these sustainable modes of transportation and getting an accurate bike and pedestrian count is going to help us plan for what comes next.”

Accurate count data acquired by this annual event helps the City determine the safety and effectiveness of infrastructure projects and provides staff with key information for designing new projects. The more volunteers who join the effort, the more locations the City can analyze.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, volunteers will be required to observe all Long Beach Health Department guidance including wearing face coverings and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others. This year, the bike and pedestrian count will be sent to volunteers electronically or by mail, based on the volunteer’s preference. The City will require that the completed count forms are either scanned and returned via email or returned by mail. Volunteers may sign-up online to select from the following time slots:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, from noon to 2 p.m.

Biking and walking has noticeably increased in Long Beach as individuals are relying more on physically-distanced outdoor activities. After the beach path was reopened in May of 2020, biking and walking counts, which are monitored electronically, increased 50% compared with the same time last year. 

This Long Beach Bike and Pedestrian Count is one of the longest-running such counts in the country. Its success is dependent upon the help of volunteers. 

For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/goactivelb/programs/annual-bicycle-and-pedestrian-count/.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport and the Port of Long Beach. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas and bike paths.

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About Public Works
The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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