PRESS RELEASE

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

6/17/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061720-2
Subject:
City of Long Beach to Roll Out Open Streets Initiative
Corridors will be Closed to Vehicles to Allow for Outdoor Dining or Play
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (Media inquiries only)
jic@longbeach.gov (Media inquiries only)





Long Beach, CA - In the coming weeks, the City of Long Beach will initiate a new open streets program. The program will limit cut-through traffic on select streets, citywide, and activate these areas for active transportation such as walking, bicycling and wheelchair accessibility.

“Long Beach is reopening our economy and we are committed to helping businesses do so safely by offering additional space outdoors,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.”

Creating an open streets initiative and exploring ways to open more public space citywide allows for increased outdoor activities, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing in accordance with the current Health Order. Commercial corridor closures support opportunities for outdoor business activity, such as dining, to spur economic recovery. Street closures also focus on sustainability, efficiency and alternative transportation modalities, which are intended to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions while also prioritizing and promoting healthy living opportunities.

The Public Works Department (PW) has worked with City Council offices and business districts to identify key neighborhood streets throughout the city to support these efforts. Streets will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents or businesses interested in a dedicated open streets location in their area should visit longbeach.gov/GoActiveLB for more information.

Proposed open street locations are evaluated by the City Traffic Engineer for appropriateness and safety. Approved street closures will continue to be assessed throughout the duration of this program to ensure the safety of all users. PW staff will work with residents and businesses on an ongoing basis to outline approved activities and address any concerns. Signage will be installed at each location with information pertaining to approved activities and limited access.

Neighborhood access for residents will not be impacted as a result of this program. Street closures are expected to continue through October 31, 2020.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 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, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. 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, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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