Photo: Drew Reed/LA LoyalistA month ago, I had a few ideas  about how Long Beach could go about improving its budding network of numbered bikeways. As it turned out, a few of the suggestions I made are slowly beginning to appear on the street lights and signposts of Long Beach. Is this a happy coincidence, or has the City of Long Beach drawn some inspiration from the pages of Streetsblog?
No matter why they're here, the newer signs include more frequent use of arrows to indicate where a route goes or junctions with another route, as well as a few new signs indicating actual destinations. Though most of the bikeway signs remain as a simple logo and number, the new arrow or destination signs are certainly helpful. Well, except for when the signs are incorrect. For instance, the sign at Atherton and Palo Verde (pictured above) claims to lead riders to "Bellflower", yet following the route takes you to neither Bellflower Blvd. nor the city of Bellflower. Oops! Maybe if they flipped the arrow, the sign would be more accurate.
In many cases, the routes seem to have been selected to coincide with roads that either have adequate bike lanes or ample space for bikes. But there are a few notable exceptions. Peter Dopulos, in his continuing quest to ride every numbered route in Long Beach, points out that riding over the southern end of the Orange Ave./Route 17 path can be quite unpleasant at times . But by far the worst is Route 1, which follows PCH through the infamous Traffic Circle . If the bike routes could be coupled with comprehensive road improvements, they would become even more effective. It would be a difficult thing to do, but now that LB's decision makers are reading Streetsblog, at least there's hope.