22 posts tagged Long Beach

Parklets: the Economic Impact

Just got this email from bike guru Charlie Gandy — he's inviting everyone to a Sunday dinner at Lola's Mexican Cuisine in Long Beach. What's the occasion? There's a new parklet right out front that's converted a parking place to outdoor dining. These parklets are all over San Francisco, now Long Beach is getting in the act. Dearest Hipster Friends, Here is a rare opportunity for us to update our urban cultural hipness cred while sipping tequila! Lola's on Retro Row has ... Continue Reading

A Few Thanks

I'm not the sentimental type, but as I reflect on what I have to be thankful for, the list loomed large. So may I start with a few, like Luciano Gonzales for insisting that I subscribe to his blahblaFreddie blog. Check it out, if you dare. It's some of the zaniest commentary I see on cycling; it's very well done. And while I'm thinking of Long Beach there are so many to mention: John Case and Andrea White of Bikestation can always be counted on for a referral to a great interview subject. I ... Continue Reading

Privileging Local Users

"It's the Business District that insisted on the traffic lights." I met Charlie Gandy for coffee early Sunday morning and when you're in Belmont Shore with Charlie it doesn't take long for the conversation to turn to Sharrows. Every time I hear something different — Belmont Shore has 13 traffic lights along 2nd Street; they're timed for a crawl and at this slow speed traffic doesn't intimidate pedestrians. Does it work? Belmont Shore is thriving, a mad dash of human density. The ... Continue Reading

Suja Lowenthal, Transforming a Built-Out City

It’s the difference between being a defeatist about how you see your city and being eternally optimistic about what your role can be Mark Bixby invited me to lunch, "I'm meeting Suja downtown at Congregation, come along?" We felt like celebrating; Mark and Allan Crawford had just wrapped up a conference call with CalTrans and the Port of Long Beach regarding the Desmond Bridge redesign. This was my first interaction with these once-adversaries to bike lanes, but the phone call seemed ... Continue Reading

Cycling Advocate Mark Bixby Dead in Plane Crash

The Los Angeles Times reports that cycling advocate Mark Bixby has died in a plane crash at Long Beach airport. Community leaders Tom Dean and Jeff Berger were also killed; also onboard, Mike Jensen is listed in critical condition. Mark was an avid cyclist and blogger. His blogging passion was related to the Desmond Bridge; a complete rebuild is planned. This billion dollar design originally did not include access for pedestrians and cyclists. Mark was tenacious in his efforts to convince the ... Continue Reading

Charlie Gandy Befriends 103 yr old Tricyclist

I rode with Charlie Gandy yesterday; his invitation to ride the new separated bike lanes along 3rd and Broadway before they're open to the public was too enticing to decline. He told me of his 103 year old friend, Octavio Orduno who is written up in the LATimes today. When you see the photo, Charlie's pulling the photographer in a trailer behind his fixie. Continue Reading

Building Bridges: Mark Bixby and Allan Crawford

One of the things we tout about Long Beach is: We’re big enough to make a difference, yet small enough to make rapid change Build a new $1 Billion bridge and leave out bicycle and pedestrian access? That didn't make sense.Yes, there are a lot of trucks on the Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, but that didn't scare cycling advocates Mark Bixby and Allan Crawford; they went after Caltrans to press their point.The pressure was on today, too. I knew I only had 30 minutes before Mark and ... Continue Reading

Caltrans Confirms Bike Lanes on Desmond Bridge

I sat in on a conference call today between Long Beach bike advocates Mark Bixby and Allan Crawford and, on the other end were Michael Miles, Director District 7 CalTrans and Eric Shen, Port of Long Beach, Director of Transportation Planning and others. The subject: would bike lanes and pedestrian access be built into the design of the new $1B Desmond Bridge?It had been a contentious issue, previous discussions had apparently resolved little, but today would be different. At the end of the 30 ... Continue Reading

Andrea White-Kjoss, BikeStation

When you ride to work, do you wish you had a place to secure your bike for the day?Commuters in many cities now have such a facility: BikeStation where you can store your wheels, change your clothes, take a shower, stow all that in a locker, and more. I met CEO Andrea White-Kjoss a few years ago as she approached Tech Coast Angels for funding. At the time I wondered, is this social entrepreneurship? Is there a big exit somewhere in the future? Or is this the kind of deal that is best suited ... Continue Reading

Charlie Gandy, Fresh Thinking in Long Beach

Long Beach Mobility Coordinator, Charlie Gandy, discusses his latest bike safety initiatives. Continue Reading