The Return of the Grand Prix ‘Ciclovía’ of Long Beach

I’ve called it a ciclovía before—and I still stand by that assertion.

For the second year in a row, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will open the roadways of its speed track to bikes, skaters, walkers, runners, and all things new urbanist. Called the Grand Prix-view, the event will not permit a single motorized vehicle to enter the track (or your four-legged friends unless they are a service animal: after all, the last thing they need is someone who didn’t pick up after their critter in a space where cars will be hitting some 180MPH).

Though only an hour-and-a-half event, it shows off something very simple: the power of people using their bodies. For me, I believe a ciclovía holds this strange philosophical power–you invert a street to be used for people’s feet and bikes and skateboard, not cars–that when enacted, suddenly shows off a very tangible benefit–that our urban landscape thrives most when people are exploring it at a human scale.

Of course, this isn’t a true ciclovía (and I assure you: there is more on that to come in the coming weeks) but it’s a beautiful testament.

The Grand Prix-view will take place at the track on Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30AM to 1PM. The two entrance points for the public to access the track are at:

  • Ocean Boulevard and Hart Place
  • Ocean Boulevard and Collins Way

Parking is available for a fee at the Terrace Parking Structure. For more information, call 562-570-3150.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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