The annual Cycle Track stuffing contest -- another thing to do in Long Beach. Credit: Allan Crawford, Bikeable Communities

Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place is more than just the premier conference on walking, biking and Placemaking. It is also an opportunity to experience the places and spaces that spring up when streets are all about people.  Whether it’s a chic bistro with deals for cyclists or a thriving arts district, practitioners and advocates alike can see the community investment that balanced transportation catalyses in Long Beach.

To make exploring Long Beach easy, we have created a number of tools.  Under the travel page of the conference website we have provided two interactive maps and a conference mobile app.

The PWPB Conference mobile app is chock full of great trails and facilities to walk, run and ride on.  You can download it for free from the Apple App Store, along with Where to Bike LLC’s other guides, including the greater Los Angeles area.

The Bike Friendly Businesses map features the 150 businesses that participate in Bike Long Beach’s Bike Saturday program, where special offers are available on Saturdays for those who arrive on two wheels.  Many offer extended discounts throughout the week.

Viento y Agua has good coffee and a great vibe. Credit: Viento y Agua

Local businesses and regional chains know the value that cyclists and pedestrians bring to their bottom line, and the specials they have for cyclists are a direct reflection of that economic impact.

The Attractions map features all the best shops, restaurants, and art that Long Beach has to offer.  Think of it as a travel guide tailor-made for conference goers.

Check out the bike friendly business districts: Cambodia Town, Retro Row and the East Village. Cambodia Town has the largest Cambodian population outside of the country.  The East Village is a top destination for the arts.  Retro Row is filled with great clothing and furniture stores and anchored by the city’s only indie theatre.

Trademark Serendipity at Simmzy

Start your day with coffee and décor at the eccentrically decorated Viento y Agua or with a mouth watering breakfast burrito at The Coffee Cup Café.  Grab a beer at Congregation Pub or a glass of wine at District Wine.  Bite into a burger with chow chow onions, melted cheddar, and garlic aioli at Simmzy’s or indulge in a avocado-rich Green Goddess Salad at the At Last Cafe.

See unique art at the Museum of Latin American Art and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, or maybe peruse the Gina M Woodruff Gallery.  Then visit the Long Beach Museum of Art where art and architecture are both on display in the museum’s mix of historic buildings and modern structures overlooking the harbor upon this scenic bluff-top site.

The Historic Anderson House at the Long Beach Museum of Art

Get cycling chic with the fashions at The Academy Store. Then try out your bike friendly digs with rental wheels from Cali Bike Tours, or just flaunt it in Belmont Shore on the back of a Pedaler’s Society pedicab.

Experience the great examples of bicycle infrastructure from the convenient all-in-one cycling hub that is BikeStation Long Beach to gorgeous trails like the Shoreline and the Los Angeles River Bikeway.

All over Long Beach are examples of creative and innovative ways to add seating, provide bike parking, and make active transportation more enjoyable.  That means everything from bike boxes to California’s first protected bike lanes to a car converted into benches.  A complete inventory of Long Beach’s cycling infrastructure can be found here.

Berlin Coffee House has a wood-clad inside and parklet outside. Source: Berlin Coffee House

If it hasn’t hit you already, Long Beach has a lot to offer visitors. So before, after, and in between the incredible sessions, workshops, and plenaries at Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place, make sure to venture out and experience the vitality of a true bike-friendly community.

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  • April

    Great guide. Don’t forget that Bixby Knolls is also a Bike-Friendly Business District! From downtown, take your bike onto the Blue Line and exit at Wardlow. Ride east. Most businesses are on Atlantic all the way north to San Antonio. The California Heights neighborhood is lovely (Olive Ave., etc.). Lots of great food in Bixby Knolls, from The Factory to Blackbird Cafe and more. Great shops for all ages. Check out the BKBIA’s cargo bike, which is used for district maintenance, like graffiti removal. More info on the district here: http://bixbyknollsinfo.com/bike.html.