City Council Meeting July 18th – Agenda Item #33 will take away one traffic lane on Bellflower Blvd. to install protected bike lanes

From the agenda material – item #33:  “This project will eliminate one northbound lane on Bellflower Boulevard between Atherton and Pacific Coast Highway for construction of a Class IV bikeway on Bellflower Boulevard, creating a bikeway separated from vehicular traffic.”
I don’t drive that stretch of Bellflower Blvd. often so I’m not too familiar with traffic patterns. It seems as if it would get pretty congested from CSULB at certain times. Also, they plan on adding a lot more housing units along Bellflower Blvd. in the future so that will also add to congestion. Bellflower Blvd. has been designated by SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) as a future “High Quality Transit Area.” SCAG is an un-elected government bureaucracy which dictates future development.
Please attend the City Council meeting this Tuesday which starts at 5:00 in City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd. in the council chambers. The meeting will start with the Pledge of Allegiance, a presentation, two public meetings, the first ten public comments, and then the agenda items.
The first ten public comments on non-agenda items are toward the beginning of the meeting on a first come, first served basis. Those who want to be one of those ten people line up before the meeting on the steps on the left aisle to fill out a speaker card. In Long Beach, that’s the only time a speaker card needs to be filled out. Comments can be made about each agenda item when it is considered. The rest of the non-agenda public comments can be made at the end of the meeting. Each comment cannot be longer than three minutes.

Most of these meetings are fairly long to incredibly long and I bring a book to read in case I get too bored.

There is free parking in the parking structure for city council meetings. The parking structure is on Broadway just past the police station and Chestnut Ave. The entrance is on the east side of the parking structure. The exit is out of the side onto Chestnut Ave. The police will be at the entrance to city hall and will wand you with a metal detector and look through your bag.
I will be there on Tuesday.
Janet

2 thoughts on “City Council Meeting July 18th – Agenda Item #33 will take away one traffic lane on Bellflower Blvd. to install protected bike lanes

  1. There are 3 NB lanes in that section and that is the only section dividing the rest of the Bellflower’s bike lanes (from Atherton to the border with Lakewood), from the PCH bike lanes. I used to live over that way and traffic was never bad on that section of Bellflower.

    What was the result of the meeting?

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    • I didn’t realize there weren’t any bike lanes on that stretch. I just assumed they were changing the regular bike lanes to protected bike lanes and needed more of the roadway. That’s what I get for not driving over there to take a look.

      I live on Palo Verde and rarely drive along Bellflower Blvd. Palo Verde is usually not very busy except for certain times of the day when the University is in session. At those times, the traffic is backed up for blocks but mostly northbound in the east lane – getting on the freeway. I think it spreads out more over time on the southbound side but it gets busy at certain times also. I’ve spoken to some residents who live close to the area and they tell me it’s the same kind of thing on Bellflower. Certain times it gets busy and I believe it’s traffic from the University.

      I didn’t stay for agenda item #33 because I was one of the first ten public speakers, I had some friends who were leaving and I didn’t want to walk out to the parking garage by myself so I left with them before the item. These Long Beach meetings can be some really long meetings. I just looked at the minutes and it passed 9 to zero. No public comments were made. I’ll look at the video some time to see what the council members said. Too tired tonight – it will put me to sleep. lol

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