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Long Beach Beach Streets II Open Thread

8:50 AM PDT on March 22, 2016

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Beach Streets on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
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There were plenty of great firsts taking place last Saturday at Long Beach's second iteration of its excellent Beach Streets open streets festival.

It was not Long Beach's first ciclovía; that took place nearly a year ago, in June 2015.

It was the first time the city of Long Beach has held an open streets event in its downtown area - actually extending along Broadway from Downtown to Belmont Heights. The route showed off Long Beach's new rainbow crosswalks.

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Long Beach's fabulous new rainbow crosswalks celebrate the city's rich LGBTQ cultures
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It was the first L.A. County open streets event to have a significant bike-share presence, with hundreds of riders taking advantage of the newly-opened Long Beach Bike Share.

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New Long Beach Bike Share bikes along the route
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It was also the first L.A. County open streets event to extend across an at-grade rail line, crossing the Metro Blue Line at Long Beach Boulevard and Broadway. A few years ago, crossing rail was a non-starter when it was initially proposed to extend L.A.'s CicLAvia into South Los Angeles.

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The Beach Streets route crossed the Metro Blue Line tracks at Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard. At that intersection I counted one Metro law enforcement officer and six Long Beach police, plus two squad cars, and a half-dozen volunteers.
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And, on a personal note, it was the first ciclovía that saw my two and a half year-old daughter travel under her own wheeled power. She has been on open streets in a stroller, on foot, and in a bike seat. This time she toured a block or two on her own tricycle.

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Maeve did not get that far on her tricycle.
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How was your Beach Streets experience? Any firsts for you? How does your Long Beach open streets compare to other ciclovías or CicLAvias?

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