To Cyclists: Long Beach Police Say ‘Walk It or Lock It’

Bike Long Beach and police are spreading awareness through cards and public signs to ensure cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Bike Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department are urging cyclists to follow safety laws.

The number of cyclists in the city has increased, said Mayor Bob Foster in a prepared statement.

“As we continue to work toward being a bike-friendly city, we also want to ensure that we are still pedestrian-friendly,” he said.

In order to keep both cyclists and pedestrians safe, Bike Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department are collaborating to remind bicyclists to “Walk It or Lock It” on sidewalks in the business districts. Cyclists should either walk bicycles when on the sidewalks, or lock them up in one of the city’s 1,300 public bike racks.

In order to encourage pedestrian-friendly behavior, police officers are handing out cards that explain cycling laws.

“We’re committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, “and will continue to provide enforcement and education throughout our business districts.”

Signs in the downtown areas and new sidewalk stenciling in business districts also remind people to “walk your bike on the sidewalk.”

For more information, visit BikeLongBeach.org.

Ann Lock November 24, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Is it legal for bicyclists to turn left at a traffic light in the middle of an intersection with the cars? It seems really dangerous and holds up traffic, yet I see them doing it all over town.
John B. Greet November 24, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Yes, that method of turning for bicyclists is lawful, if done safely. Here's a link to some basic safety tips and Rules of the Road, for bicyclists, in California. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl37.htm
norman halvorsen November 24, 2012 at 08:08 PM
there are two stop signs for cyclists and peds at the enterence off of Carson st. to Wallmart at the town center. Cyclists and peds never stop, why don't/aren't some of the LBPD officers heading to the gun range citing them?
Ann Lock November 24, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thanks John, I was hoping you would see my question. :)
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM
It's apparently the safest spot on the Sharrows, farthest forward and left, I think, because opening car doors and cars merging into traffic lanes are risky as well.
John B. Greet November 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I really have mixed feelings about those Sharrows. On the one hand they're beneficial because it helps remind motorists that bicycles have an equal right to the traffic lanes but, on the other, I have seen so many (of the more casual) bicyclists take improper advantage and casually pedal along at 3-5 mph while motorists line up behind them. 3-5mph is fine for the bike path on the beach, but on a the roadway it should be considered impeding traffic and cited.
Tom Stricklin November 25, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I've been a rule Bender for years, because of the debate and especially Long Beach residents concerns I personally have been stopping more often at signs and signals. I have ridden down second street where the sharrows are for years before they painted the street. There ate now sharrows in Carona Del Mar.
Dave Newell November 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
THANK YOU LBPD, Mayor Foster and BLB! I live downtown and walk all over in order to avoid driving. Being a cyclist myself, I know that someone walking has the right of way, especially on the sidewalk. And when someone riding a bike on the sidewalk tells me to watch out, they usually get a piece of my mind. Though I would prefer they get an education in safe riding.


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