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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