All too often, Long Beach is the tale of two cities: the part along the coast, including downtown, and then the other part. When it comes to bicycling, it is even more evident (hence the excitement over the upcoming ciclovía)—and that is why Long Beach native and Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LABC) board member April Economides wants to take bicyclists through Central Long Beach.

IMG 1062“Central Long Beach is rich and beautiful with its plethora of culture,” Economides said. “And it seems that bicyclists from outside the area never explore it. This is why we will lead the ride along with my fellow board member Caryn Howard and Long Beach bicyclist Steev Suos, who grew up in Cambodia Town.”

The ride starts near the Anaheim Blue Line Station at Long Beach Blvd. and goes through the Poly High neighborhood, Cambodia Town, the Zaferia District, Coronado Design District, Rose Park. Stops will include a pitstop at a Cambodian Temple, a short tour of the Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum, and ends with grubbing at one of Long Beach’s most respected Cambodian foodie havens, Siem Reap Restaurant.

“Slow-paced group rides are a perfect way to experience neighborhoods, and we see so much more on two wheels than when we zoom by in a car,” Economides said. “This is a culturally-rich area packed full of wonderful sites—like the Homeland Cultural Center and Urban Americana—that many Long Beach residents haven’t yet seen.”

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. For those interested in joining, click here. The ride begins Sunday, June 1, at 9:30AM.

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