August 2010 - Bike Long Beach was delighted to unveil two innovative new projects at the beginning of the month - the first in the planning phase, the second in actuality.

On August 3 Bike Long Beach and our upcoming bike share program (to be focused in downtown and CSULB), and made possible by Los Angeles MTA grants, was profiled here in the Press Telegram. This program will place bike rentals conveniently at local hotels as well as set up bike sharing on the CSULB campus. And may I add that I'm delighted CSULB is currently studying more ways to become bike friendly? Bravo!

The second project was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the city's first bike corral located in the East Village section of downtown. Located in a premier parking spot right in front of City Grounds bike shop, The Village Grind, and Utopa restaurant, the corral offers convenient and safe parking for cyclists. Bike corrals proclaim beautifully that Long Beach aims not only to be a "top of mind" bike friendly city, but that the city understands that cyclists are valuable customers too.

This vibrant new car shaped corral provides 14 to 1 bike parking, and is the first in a series of corrals Bike Long Beach will provide to various shopping neighborhoods. We were honored to have area Council member and new Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as Andrea White-Kjoss of Bikestation, and a wonderful turn out by Long Beach Cyclists to show their support.

Photo courtesy of Allan Crawford

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