Photo by Brian Addison. Above: Beach Streets Downtown.
Finally, Beach Streets goes twilight, Long Beach, as City organizers will shut down car access on Shoreline Drive from Linden on the east to Aquarium Way on the west to make room for bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, and runners to invade the streets for their own use.
Originally proposed for May in tangent with the massive Amgen Bike Tour—backlash from local restaurant owners prompted a postponement of the ciclovía—Beach Streets Twilight will take place on Saturday, August 25 from 5PM to 10PM.
I will never understate the power of these events because—despite annoying the elders and parking crowds—there is something more engaging and powerful here.
What Beach Streets (and its LA-based mother, CicLAvia) show off something very simple; it shows off the power of people using their bodies.
For me, I believe a ciclovía holds this strange philosophical power–you invert a street to be used for people’s feet and bikes and skateboards, not cars–that when enacted, suddenly shows off a very tangible benefit–that our urban landscape thrives most when people are exploring it at a human scale.”