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Background on this bicycle and pedestrian addition to the new bridge.
The opening of the new bridge in the Port of Long Beach, between the downtown Long Beach area and Terminal Island, is generating interest in the Mark Bixby Memorial Bicycle Pedestrian Path, undergoing final construction on the side of the new span.
The Bixby Path, featuring a pedestrian lane and bike lanes in both directions, is not yet open. Crews will need additional time to reserve the path for final touches on the bridge, and also for the finalization of the Bixby Path itself.
The City of Long Beach and Port of Long Beach are working together to determine a safe opening date for the new Bixby Path, taking into account the construction of a new elevated connector from Ocean Boulevard to the east end of the Bixby Path, and demolition of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, both very close to the Bixby Path.
The Mark Bixby Memorial Bicycle Pedestrian Path is named after one of Long Beach’s leading bicycle advocates. He helped create the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and founded the Long Beach Bicycle Festival. He also spearheaded the successful grassroots effort to have a bike path included in the design of the new bridge. Bixby died in a tragic airplane crash in 2011, before the new bridge began construction in 2013.
The Port of Long Beach and City of Long Beach look forward to the safe, eventual opening of the Mark Bixby Path, which includes three overlooks that will provide an excellent view of the Port and Long Beach Harbor.