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Bike Month is here! Come out and enjoy Lifestyles of Long Beach

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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Lifestyles of Long Beach encourages you to Race through Long Beach with the Toyota Grand Prix!

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On April 19th through April 21th 2013, Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach is transformed for a weekend into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This unique racetrack hosts the longest running street race in North America. Ricardo the Realtor and his team are here to show you the real Lifestyles of Long Beach opportunities and give you the haps on this year’s event!

For all you racetrack fans, there are plenty of car speeding events to quench our high speed thirsts. On top of six racing events, the weekend also includes a great deal of other attractions including: a Lifestyle Expo which features the latest in automotive, home, recreation, travel, and entertainment products & services; a Family Fun Zone that offers enjoyment for folks of all ages; concerts in the evening; and an exotic car show with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and much more!

Every mid-April this greatly anticipated event draws a crowd of 200,000 people!  These people include Long Beach locals, tourists from across the nation and also international guests from across the globe! As a warm-up to the main event, the 37th annual pro/celebrity race will amp up the energy as the crowds cheer on for their favorite celebrities. This year’s list of celebrity racers was recently announced and includes the likes of steamy Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), hilarious Wanda Sykes (Comedian), our home town celeb, Long Beach native and 2012 Olympic medalist Jessica Hardy (was in this year’s Belmont Shore Christmas Parade), and hunky Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Series).  These celebrities are participating to benefit “Racing for Kids,” a fundraising effort that supports children’s hospitals across America. The exciting celebrity event will entail our fabulous drivers navigating the new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S sports cars in an exhilarating 10-lap race.

The 1.968-mile track circles around the Long Beach Convention Center and The Pike, a historic seaside amusement zone.  Drivers race along the palm tree-lined, waterfront course and pass by scenic locations such as The Aquarium of the Pacific and Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village. The track also features a harrowing hairpin turn that will sure have the spectators on the edge of their seats.

                  Whether you’re a seasoned Long Beach pro or interested in seeing what the city has to offer, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is definitely a great start.  You can enjoy the camaraderie and the excitement of the event.  Who knows? Maybe you’ll even see Ricardo the Realtor there! Come and visit this beautiful city and take a moment to see what Homes for Sale we have to offer. For more information and to buy your tickets, check out

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