Think you know Long Beach? Think again.

“We’ll just say it: Long Beach is underrated. It’s just far enough away from Los Angeles to feel a little bit more relaxed, cheaper and friendlier. But it’s just close enough to be an easy day trip (or to ponder moving there for good). It’s rich in arts, culture and music, and there are plenty of unique festivals held there all year long to keep you coming back. ” Jean Trihn in the LAist.com - 39 Reasons to Love Long Beach - August 13, 2015

Media organizations, freelance writers, city government staff and civic organizations are invited to rediscover Long Beach by Bike. Our tours highlight the local renaissance in food, the arts, progressive bike-friendly infrastructure, re-imagining re-using historic architecture, the growing fashion and shopping scene and more. We offer a series of 3-5 hour tours customized to focus on the angles most interesting to you i.e:

  • Indie Artsy Long Beach
  • Progressive bike-friendly infrastructure and programs
  • Culinary Long Beach
  • Historic architecture

Our tours highlight the local renaissance in food, the arts, progressive bike-friendly infrastructure, re-imagining re-using historic architecture, the growing fashion and shopping scene and more.

Our tours are an easy, slow bike ride suitable for all but the most novice riders. Contact Melissa Balmer at Melissa@PedalLove.org or 562.221.9672 to arrange a tour. Tours for the media are free except for covering food and bike rental costs. Request pricing for other types of organizations.

Sample Tour

9:00 am: The tour begins at the state-of-the-art Bikestation in Long Beach - the very first public bike parking facility in the U.S. nearing it's 20th anniversary (this is also where bikes will be provided for those who don't have them).

Above: 1) Long Beach based Pedal Movement's founder Graham Baden in front of one of the Pow Wow Long Beach murals. 2) Local wellness guru Yve Hart rides Long Beach's protected bike lanes. Both images by Allan Crawford. 3) Bikestation downtown Long Beach courtesy of Bikestation.

9:00 am: The tour begins at the state-of-the-art Bikestation in Long Beach - the very first public bike parking facility in the U.S. nearing it's 20th anniversary (this is also where bikes will be provided for those who don't have them).

9:30 am - 10:45 am: Farm to table breakfast hosted at/by Berlin Bistro on 4th street.  Berlin is committed to a seasonally changing menu with locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Visit to Fingerprints music - one of the nation's best indie music stores hosting some of the most remarkable live in store performances including bands like the Foo Fighters (adjacent to Berlin in same building), and we'll see Bumblebee's Pow Wow Long Beach mural (on the building).

Above: Samples from Berlin by Meghan D'Evelyn + Kristen Joseph of Berlin. Outdoor image by Allan Crawford.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: We'll visit Made Long Beach on Pine (a local brand incubator), more of the Pow Wow Long Beach murals, the protected bike lanes (the first in Southern California), the stores in the East Village Arts District, The Bicycle Stand bike shop, and then head over to Lola's on 4th Street.

Below from left: 1) Lola's Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche courtesy of Lola's, 2) Husband and wife team Chef Luis Navarro + Catering Manager Brenda Rivera both by Allan Crawford.  4-6) Lola's house specialties courtesy of Lola's.

12:30 - 1:30 pm: A special tasting lunch at Lola's Mexican Cuisine on 4th Street focusing on seasonal eating. The Lola's family has also launched The Social List down the street and in October opens the second Lola's in Bixby Knolls. They are also very excited to be frequently catering for Jay Leno's Garage.

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Discover 4th Streets famous Retro Row with some of the finest vintage clothing and furniture shopping in the country including Meow

Option #2 - for those interested in infrastructure Charlie will take participants to visit the Vista Bike Boulevard that connects three schools and has helped greatly increase the number of children biking and walking to school.

2:00 - 2:30 pm: We'll return to downtown Long Beach touring through the historic Carol Park neighborhood on the way.

About our Tour Guides

Charlie Gandy is a nationally recognized expert in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. He is a popular consultant and speaker known for sparking innovation. Charlie founded Bike Texas, created the Thunderhead Alliance retreat for biking and walking advocates and originated and developed the Bike Friendly Business Districts program in collaboration with Bike Long Beach.

Charlie is the Vice President of the California Bicycle Coalition's board and regularly takes professional organizations, civic leaders, media and others passionate about creating great cities on tours of Long Beach both by biking and walking. He is currently working on a book about how America is falling back in love with the bike and his 25 years as a bike advocate.

Melissa Balmer is a writer, media relations specialist and speaker with the personal mission is to bring the connecting power of beauty, style and personally engaging storytelling to showcase biking, walking and public transit as tools for optimism. A native of Long Beach, she has lived car free here since 2007.

In the summer of 2015 Melissa and the Pedal Love team collaborated with the Bike Metro program of Metro Los Angeles to create the summer #BikeInstead #WalkInstead social media outreach campaign. Besides running Pedal Love she is the Media Director for the California Bicycle Coalition. In the past few years she's placed Pedal Love, the California Bicycle Coalition and their projects, events and creative teams in the Associated Press, Bicycling Magazine, KCRW, KPCC, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and more. She occasionally writes features for Momentum Magazine.