The Senior Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Michelle Mowery has watched this bridge project develop since 2002:
“Over the years since there have been multiple meetings with Port of Long Beach staff, including a field trip to review the current structure, and many reports of the Port of Long Beach’s and Caltrans’ intent to ban bicyclists from the new structure either by declaring the bridge a segment of the Interstate 710 or by detouring bicyclists via Anaheim Street completely bypassing all of the bridges and access to Terminal Island.”
This bridge project is regional in scope and an important link from Long Beach to Terminal Island. With a commitment from the Port of Long Beach to provide pedestrian and separated bike access, the City of Los Angeles can begin in earnest to find funding to install a bike/ped path on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, completing a link contemplated in the 2010 Los Angeles Bike Master Plan.
Read the letter of support: City of Los Angeles Desmond Bridge Letter, Michelle Mowery