The controversial redesign to the Broadway Corridor will be the subject of the next Beer & Politics forum taking place at Liberation Brewing tomorrow evening.
The event will feature 2nd District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce and Public Works City Engineer Alvin Papa who will discuss the project, upcoming changes and take any input or questions the audience may have.
The project was completed this May and spans Broadway between Redondo and Alamitos avenues. It features a “road diet,” which reduced lanes from two to one each way (a design meant to reduce driving speeds and make non-motorists feel safer) to create protected bike lanes. It also widened streets but reduced parking spots.
Since then, multiple community members have spoken out against the project.
In mid-July, more than 100 residents and business owners protested the safety hazards they say the project now poses.
In early August, 2nd District council candidate Robert Fox presented the Long Beach Police Department with signed affidavits from 62 people saying they were in collisions on the newly configured street.
Motorists have complained about the lack of visibility when making turns or pulling in or out of driveways.
Despite these complaints, others have come out in support.
In an op-ed in late May, Allan Crawford, a bike advocate and executive director of BIKEable Communities, noted the increased use of the Corridor’s bike lanes by those who would’ve otherwise felt unsafe riding them before.
As usual, audience members are encouraged to enjoy a beer during the event, including two new beers that will be on tap—Boomer Pale Ale and The Coward West Coast IPA, according to organizers.
For those wanting to combine some food with their drinks, a pop-up featuring Chaskis Peruvian cuisine will be available.
The forum will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Liberation Brewing is located at 3630 Atlantic Ave. For more information click here.