Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0448    Version: 1 Name: Mayor - Open Streets Initiative
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 5/11/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Title: Recommendation to direct City Manager to create an open streets initiative and explore ways to open more public space throughout Long Beach to allow for increased outdoor activities, safer access to public transit, and stronger economic recovery, all while maintaining appropriate social and physical distancing.
Sponsors: MAYOR ROBERT GARCIA, COUNCILMEMBER JEANNINE PEARCE, SECOND DISTRICT, COUNCILWOMAN SUZIE A. PRICE, THIRD DISTRICT, COUNCILMEMBER ROBERTO URANGA, SEVENTH DISTRICT, COUNCILMAN AL AUSTIN, EIGHTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 051920-R-11sr.pdf, 2. 051920-R-11 Corresp.RestartLB.pdf, 3. 051920-R-11 Corresp.LBACC.pdf, 4. 051920-R-11 PowerPoint.pdf

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Recommendation to direct City Manager to create an open streets initiative and explore ways to open more public space throughout Long Beach to allow for increased outdoor activities, safer access to public transit, and stronger economic recovery, all while maintaining appropriate social and physical distancing.

 

DISCUSSION

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have tremendous impacts on our health and economy, it's important to look at creative measures cities around the world are taking to create more open space that encourages physical and social distancing while allowing for outdoor activities, safer mobility, and supporting economic recovery.

 

Cities across California and beyond are opening up space by limiting cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets and repurposing on-street parking for active transportation and restaurant use, in order to activate neighborhoods. Many essential workers rely upon transit services, and cities are also exploring ways to expand bus stops.

 

Adding more open public space while the "Safer at Home" health order remains in effect will make it easier for people to move throughout the city and for businesses to survive, while ensuring the social distancing that will be necessary for the foreseeable future.

 

In addition, as attention turns to safely reopening restaurants in the weeks ahead, providing open street opportunities could support new sidewalk dining and businesses. This concept is supported by numerous business improvement districts.

 

The City should pursue creative approaches that support their survival.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

Financial Management will assess the fiscal impact during the study.

 

SUGGESTED ACTION

Approve recommendation.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

MAYOR ROBERT GARCIA

 

JEANNINE PEARCE

COUNCILMEMBER, SECOND DISTRICT

 

SUZIE PRICE

COUNCILWOMAN, THIRD DISTRICT

 

ROBERTO URANGA

COUNCILMEMBER, SEVENTH DISTRICT

 

AL AUSTIN

COUNCILMAN, EIGHTH DISTRICT