UPDATE: Metro Approves Only One of Two Long Beach Ciclovías

11:00AM | The Metropolitan Transportation Agency (Metro)’s board has decided to fund only one of two proposed ciclovías in Long Beach despite both proposals being amongst the highest-ranking events seeking funding from the agency’s Open Street Program (OSP).

June 25, 2PM | What. The. Funds.

Long Beach submitted three events for possible funding through Metro’s Open Streets Program (OSP) which provides monies to various initiatives and events through LA County that promote biking, walking, and pedestrian accessibility. Of the 21 proposals sent into Metro, Long Beach’s two proposed ciclovías—both dubbed Beach Streets which aim for one in Downtown and one in North Long Beach—scored the top two highest rankings as far as how much they fit the mission of the OSP.

Yet, they only funded the Beach Streets for North Long Beach, not downtown—something that was expected but doesn’t necessarily make it right.

And Long Beach City Manager Pat West is not happy.

“Long Beach disagrees with staff’s funding recommendations, as they do not adhere to Metro’s OSP,” West said in a letter to Metro. “In comparison with some of the other events Metro has proposed to fund, Long Beach’s high-scoring events are more cost-effective and have a greater potential to reach a large number of Open Streets participants.”

According to West, Metro is not obligated to fund only one event per jurisdiction. Even more, combined, the approved North Long Beach and Downtown Beach Streets would cost $416K, an amount that is less than four of the lower-scoring projects Metro opted to fund.

Metro’s staff will present their recommendations to the board at tomorrow’s meeting. Those who wish to show their dissent against the staff’s recommendations are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held at One Gateway Plaza at the 3rd Floor Board Room at 9:30AM.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.