A history of inequities continue to divide the areas between North and Downtown Long Beach. These inequities present themselves in terms of economic, racial, environmental and health fault lines.
Historically, all tourism and leisure activity in our City has centered around the Coast and Downtown. In some instances millions of development dollars were taken from North Long Beach to support Coastal Zone projects and never repaid.
Once a source of water and food for Tongva native people, today the LA River connects underserved Long Beach neighborhoods to our coast. A largely untapped regional resource, the LA River is uniquely capable of bridging the widening health, pollution and wealth gaps in our City.
There is a growing green and park equity movement in Long Beach. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's vision to Revitalize the LA River is a driving force. There is also support from Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell.
Green and equitable economies are current priorities. The River E-Bike Ride is an investment in environmental sustainability because the tours encourage the protection of our wetlands and park space. Additionally this vision creates employment opportunities for underserved youth who traditionally lack inclusion in Long Beach's waterfront economy.
Imagine if our Cruise ship and Shoreline Village tourists could enjoy a leisure E-Bike ride to see and experience Long Beach views and wetlands along the LA River.
This would communicate city-wide unity, help to encourage more park and wetland open space, and help youth develop job skills inside a growing E-Bike industry.