Los Angeles County officials and city staff will convene in Long Beach on Friday, Sept. 30 for the first-ever Creating a Bicycle Friendly LA County Summit. Coordinated by the LA County Department of Public Health’s RENEW LA County initiative and the LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the summit will explore successful bicycling infrastructure, including new roadway design manuals, education programs, bicycle master planning and enforcement efforts.
“Our mission is to create a better, more bikeable LA County, and this event gives city staff and elected leaders an opportunity to learn about the tools, funding opportunities, and benefits of creating communities that are better for bicycling,” said Jennifer Klausner, executive director of the LACBC. “Even people who may never ride a bicycle benefit from communities that are safer for bicycling.”
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster will kick off the summit at 9am at the Long Beach Convention Center and will recognize local elected officials who have made a commitment to creating bike-friendly communities. Featured presenters include: Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Cyclists; Dr. James Sallis, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research Center; and Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who will discuss why these policy and infrastructure improvements are important.
“Communities across the country are realizing that being bike-friendly is more than just a nice thing to do– it’s a critical part of creating livable, sustainable communities in which people want to live and companies want to locate,” Clarke said.
The host city of Long Beach, working toward a goal of becoming the “most bicycle friendly city in America,” has installed amenities throughout the city, including a world-class Bikestation– a new facility that provides 24-hour bike parking and offers: lockers for commuters; bicycle rental and repair; classes; restroom and changing facilities; a bicycle boulevard; and the region’s first separated single track bikeway, with special bicycle traffic signals.
“Long Beach is proud to host the first bicycle summit of its kind for Los Angeles County,” Foster said. “This is a great opportunity for cities to exchange ideas on how to create more bike-friendly communities.”