A Photo Tour of Long Beach’s Vista Street Bike Boulevard

And now for a quick photographic update from the one bicycle project you’ve all been waiting to hear about: Long Beach’s new bike boulevard on Vista Street. There have been a few hangups along the way; additional money needed to be allocated to remove unwanted concrete from under the street, and apparently the painters had difficulty spelling “yield”. Nonetheless, the project appears to be progressing nicely, with construction of a new stop light at Redondo scheduled for next month – providing there aren’t any more typos.

This photo tour is going west to east for 1.3 miles of bike boulevard

Vista at Argonne
Vista at Argonne

More pictures after the jump.

Constructing a new traffic circle, Vista at Park
Constructing a new traffic circle, Vista at Park
Vista at Ximeno, looking north
Vista at Ximeno, looking north
Pedestrian crossing, Vista at Ximeno
Pedestrian crossing, Vista at Ximeno
Looking east on Vista from Mira Mar
Looking east on Vista from Mira Mar
Looking east on Vista from Mira Mar
Looking east on Vista from Mira Mar
Vista at Orizaba
Vista at Orizaba
  • Our hats are off to Long Beach. Hopefully, 4th Street will resemble Vista Street before too long.

  • Carter R

    Kudos to the citizens of Long Beach, Charlie Gandy, and the City Council for a having the vision to do this and seeing it through.

  • time for a pilgrimage!

  • Dominic

    So far this has been a great tool to alleviate traffic on Broadway and 3rd. Now that motorists can just cut straight through on Vista without being diverted on to main thoroughfares, it is much easier for cyclists to use the bigger streets and actually get somewhere!

  • Chris L

    Long Beach, you keep this up and we may have to move down there. I’ve more or less given up on LA to get its act together in terms of bike infrastructure.

  • Joseph E

    @Dominic: “Now … motorists can just cut straight through on Vista without being diverted on to main thoroughfares”

    Surely you jest? Vista never had diverters, it just had a few stop signs, which were replaced with traffic circles / roundabouts.

    But it will be getting a diverter; cars will turn at Redondo. Since vista is only 1.5 mile long, and only 1 mile from Nieto to Redondo, there will only be local traffic on the street.

    Personally, on the rare occasions when I drive, I will take Broadway, or maybe 3rd. But Vista will be a nice option on my bike, especially if Nieto gets improvements, to connect with the bike path on Eliot.

  • Joseph E

    Already, commenters on Lbpost.com are complaining about these improvements… they are complaining that they deserve this on their street too!

    It’s a good sign that many people in Long Beach will support this sort of traffic calming and street improvements in their neighborhoods. Hopefully, there will soon be “boulevard” improvements on 6th Street, on side streets Downtown, and eventually in many other parts of the city.

    The days of the residential street 4-way stop sign may be numbered!

  • Thanks for the tour! I’m glad you took the request for photo tours seriously.

    I hope to see an update in late October once the construction is all done.

  • Brett

    I live on Vista and this program is great, but drivers are completely confused at the Ximeno intersection. North and SB drivers often fail to yield, and speed through. Not to mention drivers racing from circle to circle on Vista. The LBPD needs to spend some time in the area to remind drivers that this is a neighborhood.

  • >Joe Linton
    >time for a pilgrimage!

    Why not make it a sunday field trip. I was down in Long Beach this week to check out the bikestation and downtown improvements (racks mostly) but didn’t have time to get to the boulevard. I’d like to bring back some nice pics to policymakers here in Beverly Hills, whom I don’t think ever have seen a pedestrian or bike improvement they didn’t like – as long as it’s overseas. Perhaps in our sister city, Cannes. (Yes, really.)

  • TomTallis

    The problem is that there’s no signal at Vista and Redondo which means bikers will have to detour to Broadway and Redondo to cross Redondo.

  • LBprGuy

    @TomTallis – The signal at Vista and Redondo has been installed and will be activated after this weekend, if not sooner.

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