Celebrating Bike Culture in Long Beach

Jun. 12, 2015 / By

On Saturday May 30, the Downtown Arts District became a little piece of heaven in the form of a block party, for bike riders and hobbyists of all skill levels, and bike interests, for Downtown Long Beach Associates’ Bike Fest 2015.

The events’ organizers, Downtown Long Beach Associates, encouraged cyclists in the downtown area to “explore downtown by bike” year round, giving out waterproof pocket-sized bike maps complete with safety tips, repair shops, and bike paths throughout the downtown area.

“The bike culture in Long Beach is pretty cool– they’re pushing the urban cycling pretty well,” said Wolfpack Hustle Team Rider, Roque Salas. “The streets have bike paths and a place to lock your bike up. A lot of cities aren’t that welcoming to bicycle riders.”

VoiceWaves spoke with cyclists who gave me their feedback on Bikefest and overall bike-friendliness in Long Beach.

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M. Smith

M. Smith

You may see Multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.