Long Beach Beach Streets Uptown 2017 – Open Thread

Long Beach hosted its popular Beach Streets festival on Atlantic Avenue this past weekend. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Long Beach hosted its popular Beach Streets festival on Atlantic Avenue this past weekend. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

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Last Saturday, the city of Long Beach hosted the fourth iteration of its popular Beach Streets open streets festival.

Beach Streets returned to its original Uptown route primarily on Atlantic Boulevard. Tens of thousands of participants enjoyed bicycling, walking, skating, running, dancing, and more along four miles of car-free streets.

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A giant American Flag hangs above Atlantic Avenue during Beach Streets
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Young and old enjoying bicycling on car-free Beach Streets
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Numerous businesses, including Deep Blue Swim School, set up booths along the street to interact with Beach Streets participants
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Beach Streets participants parked bikes to patronize local eateries
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Kids on scooters at Long Beach’s Beach Streets
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This stilt-walker was one of several Beach Streets participants dressed in Halloween costumes

Readers – how was your experience at the recent Beach Streets?

  • Walt Arrrrr

    LOVED IT. This is my second one. The Long Beach community really turns out for this. It seemed every business along the route had a table or sign welcoming event attendees. Lots of bands playing, lots of bars pouring, lots of restaurants packed. This may be sacrilegious to say, but the daughter said she liked Beach Streets more than CicLAvia, and I can’t disagree.

  • calwatch

    It’s good to see local cities taking ownership of these events to make them their own. That is the hallmark of successful open street events.

  • User1

    LB does such a miserable job on prompting these events! 4 pics show such a “huge” turnout on this. I live less than 2 miles from this event and didn’t have a clue this was happening! Not that I was really dying to make a Ciclavia type LB event, as I can get to just about all of the LA events in less than an hour, and that’s without driving. LA ones actually have people on bikes in the streets too!

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