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Long Beach in the Bicycling & Pedestrian Spotlight

Over the next year Long Beach will have more and more opportunities to be in the spotlight for its bike-friendly stance and play a leadership role for its complete streets vision. Next September 10-13, 2012 Long Beach will host the prestigious biennial “Pro Walk/Pro Bike” conference. Recently the local host committee gathered to begin preparing for the conference and to meet with not only conference leadership Mark Plotz and Gary Toth, but also the President of the League of American Bicyclists Andy Clarke. After the meeting and the photo above was taken (in front of the beautiful new state-of-the-art Bikestation) Andy, Mark, Gary and Charlie sat down for one on one meetings with local media. We are very pleased to share the links to those stories with you here:

Metro Blog by Carter Rubin

Press Telegram article by Kris Hanson

Gazettes article by Jonathan Van Dyke

An article with the Long Beach business journal’s Sean Belk should be out this week. We’ll keep you posted.

This is not the entire host committee. I believe there are seventeen of us overall and we’re very proud to be a 50/50 split women to men (the needs and interests of women will be a central theme of the conference). The role of the local host committee will be to organize volunteers for the event, create and organize mobility tours for the conference, advise on the event gala, fundraise for the conference, and promote the conference throughout California both for media attention and conference attendance.

From Left in Photo (Photo Courtesy of Carter Rubin/Metro): Filmmaker Michael Bauch – PBPW Host Committee, Bikestation founder John Case – PBPW Host Committee, Bikestation & Mobis Transportation Alternatives CEO & President Andrea White-Kjoss – PWPB Host Committee, Bike Long Beach Bicyle Friendly Business District Project Coordinator April Economides – PWPB Host Committee, Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference Director Mark Plotz, President of the League of American Bicyclists Andy Clarke, Project for Public Spaces Senior Director for Transportation Initiatives Gary Toth, Calibiketours Principal Elizabeth Williams – PWPB Host Committee, Bikeable Communities Board Member Luciano Gonzales – PWPB Host Committee, Livable Communities Communications & Media Melissa Balmer – Facilitator PWPB Host Committee, Livable Communities President & LB City Mobility Adviser Charlie Gandy – Host Chair for PWPB Host Committee.

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