We announced a couple of weeks ago that Beach Streets, Long Beach’s inaugural ciclovía, is coming June 6.
Now, the City of Long Beach has created both a website and Facebook page to help promote the event that is just two and a half months away. (As well as creating two separate logos: one street-sign based logo that harkens to heightened clip art and another purely font-based one that sits at the top of the website and FB page.)
“We finally have our own version of [a] ciclovía, and it’s an all-ages family event that will showcase the best of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “I’m looking forward to spending the day exploring uptown by bike and I hope the whole city will come out and support this great event.”
Despite one’s opinion on the aesthetic—we won’t even get into how the City’s Master Bike Plan is entirely in Comic Sans font—what we remain happy about is that the City is finally speaking on a formal level about Beach Streets. The event has been largely under wraps until now, with small quips of information leaked along the way. By comparison, LA’s massive CicLAvia has routes, programming, and promotions announced several months and sometimes up to a year in advance.
While programming for the event still remains unclear—it is purported that applications for those seeking money to do certain things along the route will be reviewed by a panel of people chosen by each council district member and then funds will be dispersed to winning applicants—according to the website, a nice feature will be bike and ped access to and from the LA River and the Metro Blue Line via temporary separated bike lanes on Wardlow.