LONG BEACH — The City of Long Beach is emphasizing its commitment to being a pedestrian and bicycle friendly city.

At its Sept. 4 meeting, Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to adopt a “Complete Streets” ordinance.

The optional ordinance makes the city eligible for certain Washington State Transportation Improvement Board funding sources. Mayor Jerry Phillips said the ordinance may help further beautification efforts for North Long Beach.

The ordinance encourages cities to provide safe access to all travelers of all ages, abilities and financial resources when planning, designing and constructing roadways.

Another purpose of the ordinance is to promote pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation. Intended results of this include reducing negative environmental impacts, promoting healthy living, advancing the well-being of travelers and supporting compact development. The overall goal of the program is to meet the needs of all travelers.

The city will complete a review of streets, including looking at if main streets have lighting, sidewalks and bike lanes.

The “Complete Streets” concept encourages changing decision-making processes so all roadway users are considered at every stage of planning, designing, building and operating of roadways.

Alyssa Evans is a staff writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact her at 360-642-8181 or aevans@chinookobserver.com

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