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The Case for Bike / Ped on the new Gerald Desmond Bridge

Bicycle/Pedestrian access on proposed Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project is an essential transportation facility and should be integral to the new Gerald Desmond Bridge design. A bicycle/ pedestrian pathway would:

Benefit the Traveling Public by:

  • Providing bike/pedestrian access between Downtown Long Beach and Terminal, and eventually San Pedro when the Vincent Thomas Bridge has a bike/ped facility added
  • Providing for a transportation alternative to motor vehicles
  • Reducing worker injuries and fatalities, and property damage (many collisions take place within construction zones) by allowing maintenance to be based on the pathway, eliminating the need for many lane closures
  • Reducing delays caused by lane closures for maintenance
  • Connecting existing trails to Terminal Island:  the new Downtown Long Beach commuter routes on 3rd Street & Broadway Street; the waterfront Shoreline Village trails; the new Port of Long Beach Queen Mary trail; the Regional Los Angeles River Trail
  • Eventually linking the California Coastal Trail from San Pedro to Long Beach

Benefit the workers and visitors to Terminal Island by:

  • Providing non-motorized access directly to the island, especially important as transport for workers who could use bicycle transportation versus motor vehicles
  • Increase visits through Terminal Island and into and out of Downtown Long Beach

Benefit the Tourism Industry by:

  • Providing unparalleled views of Downtown Long Beach and Port of Long Beach to pedestrians and cyclists
  • Completing the first half of a longstanding gap in the California Coastal Trail
  • When a Vincent Thomas bridge bike/ped facility is installed, the route will drive traffic into and through Downtown Long Beach
  • Enhancing the image of the City of Long Beach as bicycle-friendly
  • Enhancing the image of the Port of Long Beach as a Green Port

Benefit emergency response efforts by:

  • Providing access for small emergency vehicles (Cushman-type)
  • Providing a safety refuge for motorists who break down to get out of the roadway