The City of Long Beach wants to pave 4.2 acres of our precious beach to add another pedestrian path next to the existing path. It’s certainly true that there are conflicts between pedestrians and bicyclists on the existing dual use pedestrian/bike path along our beach, but the solution that the City proposes, championed by Councilmember Lowenthal, is both too costly and wasteful of our precious resources. There are other ways to pave less beach and spend less money for the same benefit. The proposed path is to go on the seaward side of the existing path, thus increasing the likelihood of costly shore protection and increased maintenance during winter storms. The Surfrider Foundation believes a solution is possible that widens the landward side of the existing path and adds a curb between the two. If you’d like to help save our beach, please call or write to Councilmember Lowenthal. Her webpage is here.
Click Here (.pdf) to see Surfriders detailed argument against this horrible proposal to pave our beach.
Even more, to argue against the path, the issue goes before the California Coastal Commission on Thursday June 13 at Long Beach City Council Chambers. This is at the bottom floor, 333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802. For more info e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.