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First Separated Bikeway in SoCal Underway in Long Beach

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Construction begins in Long Beach today on the first-ever separated bikeway in Southern California, according to ABC.

The new bikeway, modeled after a similar design in New York City, will be in downtown Long Beach along Broadway and 3rd Streets between Alamitos Avenue and Golden Avenue. It will have a painted median and a curb next to street parking to separate bikes from cars.

New "bike signals" along these separated lanes will help regulate the flow of traffic, make for easier and safer left turns across the bike path at key intersections, and will hopefully keep bicycle-to-car collisions in check.

The vision is that the new bikeway will make downtown Long Beach a safe, bike-friendly area for residents of all levels of cycling. It is expected to be completed in March, weather permitting. has in-depth project details for residents (or bike-friendly city proponents!) who want to follow along with the progress of this new project.

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