Long Beach is designated as a Silver-level community due to its pedestrian safety enforcement activities, excellent transit access, and sidewalk coverage. Highlights of Long Beach’s application include:
- The Long Beach Police Department is dedicated to pedestrian safety enforcement – 100 percent of officers are trained in pedestrian laws and safety. The Department’s traffic safety division has police patrolling on foot and bike, with 30 officers bike patrol certified. Patrol officers attend monthly neighborhood meetings and give reports of safety conditions and concerns in that particular neighborhood. Enforcement activities also include progressive ticketing and speed feedback signs that are installed throughout the City.
- With transit services that offer long operating hours and short headways, 93 percent of Long Beach residents live within a quarter-mile of a bus stop or with a half-mile or a rail stop. Long Beach Transit (LBT) recently made improvements to the pedestrian environment at the downtown Transit Gallery, where 90 percent of routes pass through. Improvements included extensive public art, new shelters, lights, and landscaping. LBT also works with the City Public Works Department on bus stop location and improvement projects. The agency also works with the City to incorporate stops in major new developments.
- The City of Long Beach has good sidewalk design standards and 100 percent sidewalk coverage on arterial and non-arterial streets. Sidewalks are repaired on a regular maintenance schedule and the City has almost complete curb ramp access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- All of the 20 bridges in Long Beach include pedestrian provisions.
- Long Beach has 30 miles of trails and is planning a 3-mile natural surface trail along the beach.