Our project creates community assets and increases capacity to advocate for equitable, active transportation in underserved areas of Long Beach. Low income communities of color are facing an active transportation apartheid, having been systematically excluded from investments in these facilities. To address this need, we will design, prototype and activate a Community Bike Hub as a tactical intervention in West Long Beach. We will provide resources for first/last mile connectivity, bike-safety education, advocacy for complete streets to accommodate non-polluting transportation options, and youth engagement in community building. We aim to make Long Beach a truly equitable, bike-friendly city.
The Hub will be an upcycled shipping container, demonstrating innovative and sustainable reuse of existing resources. It will include earn-a-bike programs, youth leadership academies, support environmental justice research, and facilitate a Bike Toxic Tour to advance advocacy and challenge infrastructure and health threats from oil production and goods movement.
Long Beach Hub: a project proposal for the Just Transit Challenge with partnerships from
- Studio One Eleven
- East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
- The Gathering Lutheran Church
- The Maye Center
- Open bike shop time (free or low cost bike repair)
- Bicycle safety education, maintenance classes, and workshops (free)
- Community bike rides, events (free)
- Critical Active Transportation Curriculum (CAT)
- Youth Programs: teen academy (free)
- Youth Spokesperson mentor ship
- [L]earn a bike program