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Streetfilms: Long Beach Rocks

9:10 AM PDT on April 16, 2010

Last month, when Clarence Eckerson was in town for the Street Summit, he asked me what Streetfilm he ought to shoot besides his coverage of Janette Sadik-Khan's speech and the Summit itself.  For me, the answer was simple.  Long Beach.

Thanks to the work of Drew Reed and Joe Linton, LA Streetsblog readers have gotten a taste for all the changes that are happening on the streets of L.A. County's second largest city.  Under the leadership of a bike-friendly City Council and Mayor's office, the city declared itself the "most bicycling friendly city in America," and brought on activist and planner Charles Gandy to lead the revolution.  At the Summit, Gandy encouraged cyclists to "come to Long Beach and see what the revolution looks like."  While I've got a trip south on the Blue Line planned for after the opening of the separated bike lanes later this year; in the meantime, Streetfilms is bringing the revolution to your computer.

At the end of the film, Gandy remarks that he hopes the innovations happening in Long Beach spreads to the City of Angels.  So do we.

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