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Bike Month is here in Long Beach!

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster kicked off National Bike Month on May 7 with his annual Bike Ride to City Hall, one of more than a dozen exciting activities and special events taking place in Long Beach during May 2013.

The mayor’s bike ride promotes awareness of the annual Tour of Long Beach & Bike Festival, the annual bicycle circuit around Long Beach benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital. This year’s event and daylong celebration at The Pike in Rainbow Harbor will take place on Saturday, May 11.

Other upcoming events include Fix Your Bike Day & Safety Rodeo on May 11 at McBride Teen Center; Bike to Work Day on May 16 at City Hall and CSULB locations; and Kidical Mass on May 19 in Bixby Knolls.

An updated listing of events will be posted throughout the month at

  • The Downtown Long Beach Associate presents the Bike Fest of Long Beach. Grab your bike and cruise to THE PIKE AT RAINBOW HARBOR to Celebrate Bike-Friendly Long Beach at the Finish Line of the Tour of Long Beach!The event is FREE and will feature the BEACHWOOD & FRIENDS CRAFT BEER GARDEN, a Vintage Bike Exhibit & Fashion Show, Live Entertainment and Swing Bands, a FREE Bike Valet, Children’s Activities, Vendor Village and food specialties from Downtown’s Restaurants.

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This weekend is when Long Beach puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to championing bicycle culture.

This will be the fourth year of the Tour of Long Beach, which begins as early as 6 a.m. Saturday, May 11, near Shoreline Village. The Downtown Long Beach Associates’ BikeFest will take place at the finish line from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The Pike’s grassy area near Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue.

“The Tour of Long Beach and its finish line festival is a celebration of the bike friendliness and bike culture in downtown Long Beach,” said Julie Meigs Korinke, DLBA communication manager. “And this year, BikeFest will be highlighting downtown’s vintage and biking fashion with two new elements.”

The Tour of Long Beach was an idea of the late Mark Bixby and Long Beach’s Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz (2000 U.S. Olympian). The tour has a variety of ways to participate with the Family Fun Run (free, 5 miles), Tour of Long Beach ($55, 31 miles), Metric Century Ride ($65, 62 miles) or the Cruz Gran Fondo ($120, 100 miles).

“With all the different rides, anyone can participate, whether you are a kid who just got a bike or an avid cyclist,” said Brett Beck, Memorial Medical Foundation director. “It’s designed to be a great weekend for families and neighbors to show off what Long Beach has been trying to do to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation.”

The Tour of Long Beach puts money toward the Miller Children’s Hospital Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. Beyond an entry fee, riders also can choose to fundraise for the race — $200 raised by May 10 gets the cyclist a special Champions Club jersey.

“There’s a lot of rides for different diseases and diagnoses, but you don’t really know what the money is specifically going to,” said Renae Waestman-Furlow, marketing manager for Jonathan Jaques. “We’re really big on transparency.”

The hospital is part of the Children’s Oncology Group, working to cure cancers in children and teenagers — specifically certain types of leukemia.

“Our goal is to make pediatric cancer a survivable disease, to make sure each child is curable,” Waestman-Furlow said. “And any advances we receive here, a patient in Texas will get that same knowledge. When you come and ride and make every pedal count, you’re doing something locally, but also helping every patient across the country.”

The main Tour of Long Beach route begins along the water in downtown Long Beach, goes north along the Los Angeles River, cuts across the city roughly parallel to Heartwell Park, back down along the San Gabriel River and across the boardwalk back downtown. The special Cruz Gran Fondo will be led by Tony Cruz, and its path reaches south all the way to the Laguna area and back.

The event is trying to raise about $500,000 and race officials said they expect about 3,000 cyclists of all ages and types. One-way of traffic along Shoreline Drive will be closed from about 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.

At the finish line, the BikeFest will be a daylong celebration for riders and spectators alike.

There will be a vintage bike and fashion show at 1 p.m. inspired by Bernard Serrano and the Cyclone Coasters, featuring fashion from the 1920s-1990s. A vintage exhibit will take place all day. Live swing performances will serenade the celebration.

“Guests will be encouraged to hit the dance floor with their best swing moves,” Korinke said.

The Beachwood and Friends Craft Beer Garden is returning with a larger footprint. There will be about a dozen breweries with 20 craft beers to choose from — five-ounce souvenir glasses and $20 for 10 tastings. There will be a bike shop vendor village, free bike valet, face painting and bicycle safety classes aimed at families.

“The festival really serves two purposes: To be a celebration of the participants in the tour and the other is to celebrate our biking community here in Long Beach,” Korinke said.

Lifestyles of Long Beach & Bike Month

BikeFest Long Beach is happening this month so make sure you come out and join us for some of the festivities.

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Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Fish & Flowers! All of these things can be found at your local Long Beach Farmer’s Markets. Find one near you!

One of the best ways to get a sense for living in Long Beach is to check out one of eight farmer’s markets in the city.  Not only will you have access to some of the city’s freshest produce, flowers, and even honey, but you can also enjoy good music and peruse unique and hand-crafted items such as candles, jewelry, and purses.  For your convenience, Ricardo and his team have compiled a list.  These farmer’s markets offer free parking and are centrally located in some of Long Beach’s finest neighborhoods!

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Get to know the people who grow your food!


Local Harvest Farmer’s Market
Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Tuesdays, 3 pm to 8 pm (7 pm in winter)
Marine Stadium
Appian Way and Nieto Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 7 pm

Uptown Farmer’s Market
Atlantic Ave. and E. 46th St.

This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in Bixby Knolls, at Atlantic Ave. & E. 46th St., flanking the east side of Atlantic Ave. (between Del Amo Blvd. and San Antonio Dr.)
Thursdays, 3 pm to 6:30 pm

Long Beach Downtown
Broadway & the Promenade
Long Beach, CA  90806
(562) 433-3881
Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the City Place Mall, on the lovely Promenade North between E. 5th and 4th streets, and on a lot across from WalMart, right next to parking structures (2 hours validated FREE! – validation machine on-site), a block east of Pine Ave.

Long Beach East
Wardlow Rd. and Norwalk Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 433-3881
Saturdays, 10 am to sellout

This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held on the southwest corner of the Long Beach Health Department parking lot, a block south of E. Willow St. and just east of Redondo Ave. along E. Burnett St.

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Choose from a variety of products, including honey combs!

The Greener Good
2125 Santa Fe Avenue
Center Space in Admiral Kidd Park
Long Beach, CA 90810
Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm

5th District Farmer’s Market
Corner of Clark Ave. and Spring St.
Long Beach, CA
Sundays, 8:30 am to 2 pm

Long Beach Marina
Marina Drive, south of 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA  90806
562) 433-3881
Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina, on E. Marina Dr., one-quarter mile south of E. 2nd St., just west of Pacific Coast Highway.

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Fun activities including making your own spices is what you can look forward to when you come to a local Long Beach Farmer’s Market.

When you purchase items from a stand, you can get to know the people who grow and make your food.  Harbor Area Farmers Markets manages the city’s farmer’s markets and is dedicated to “encouraging cross-section interaction of the population, supporting low-income and oppressed populations, and offering a venue particularly focused on maintaining small family farms.”

Shopping at farmer’s markets is also good for the environment.  Since many of Long Beach’s farmer’s markets only sell produce grown in California—usually within 200 miles— it reduces the time that the produce spends in transport, refrigeration, handling, and storage.  Selling in an outdoor market eliminates the need for buildings, land, lighting, and air-conditioning, which is reflected in the cost of the products.  Oftentimes these items are organic, so not only is it good for your body since it eliminates the chances of you ingesting pesticides and chemicals, but it also benefits the environment by reducing the amount of run-off in our water system.

Long Beach is full of community activities including our terrific farmer’s markets.  They are open year-round and offer great food, products, and entertainment.  These markets truly help enhance the lifestyle of Long Beach.  Since many of these farmer’s markets take place on the weekend, why not plan your day around them?  Take in the sights of Long Beach’s varied neighborhoods, get some light exercise, and befriend your fellow Home Owners!