|(April 29, 2017, 9:15 p.m.) -- Crowds numbering well into the thousands (we estimate at least 10,000 during the six hour event; see photos below and judge for yourself) took part in the latest City Hall-organized "Beach Streets" on Saturday April 29. It's a Long Beach-branded version of "cylovias" held in other cities in which streets are closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicycle riders (with pedestrians welcome.)
Previous "Beach Streets" events were held in Bixby Knolls/NLB, Downtown, the Central City; and City of LB spokesperson Kerry Gerot says it's safe to say the East Long Beach event drew the biggest crowd to date.
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Bicyclists (some riding City of LB "bike share" bicycles) cycled between small street fairs (booths, vendors, food trucks, local businesses, government offices) placed along parts of Atherton St. Bellflower Blvd., Los Coyotes Diagonal and Spring St. The ELB route travelled through parts of three Council districts: 3rd, 4th, and 5th; we saw informational booths from Councilwoman Suzie Price and Mayor Robert Garcia across from the CSULB Pyramid; Councilwoman Mungo had a booth on Spring St. just east of Bellflower Blvd.; Councilman Supernaw had a booth in Whaley Park.
The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the photos below were taken between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
May 9: Added text noting that Councilman Supernaw had a booth at Whaley Park.
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