Beach Streets University Open Streets Open Thread

Long Beach's latest Beach Streets ran along Cal State Long Beach's Walter Pyramid. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Long Beach's latest Beach Streets ran along Cal State Long Beach's Walter Pyramid. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Last Saturday, the city of Long Beach hosted its third open streets event. They do things a little differently, so their ciclovías are on Saturday, and are called Beach Streets. The roughly four-mile east Long Beach “Beach Streets University” route was along and north of the Cal State Long Beach campus.

The weather was hot and windy. The event was a bit far from convenient transit; this author biked nearly 30 minutes to get there from the Metro Blue Line station. Much of the route was not retail, so the limited retail establishments – mainly restaurants – were very crowded. Nonetheless, there were huge smiling crowds of cyclists, skaters, runners, and walkers. The variety of bikes included plenty of beach cruisers, Long Beach bike-share bicycles, bike trailers, and training wheels.

Skaters at Beach Streets
Skaters at Beach Streets
xxxx restaurants saw big crowds
The Great Mex Grill restaurant saw long lines and big crowds during Beach Streets
A mother assists her training-wheeled daughter at Beach Streets
A mother assists her training-wheeled daughter at Beach Streets

More photos at LongBeachIze.

Readers – how was your Beach Streets? Who is excited for Downey Ride and Stride this Sunday, May 7?