Long Beach touts a steady growth in cycling

Long Beach touts a steady growth in cycling

On a sunny Sunday, Craig Rhodes sat in a folding chair at Studebaker Road and Willow Street in Long Beach, dutifully recording the passage of a family of four on bicycles. By making tally marks on a clipboard, Rhodes was doing homework for his traffic engineering class at nearby Cal State Long Beach. For seven years, students such as Rhodes have been earning extra credit by setting up on street corners and counting every bicycle and pedestrian. The practice was initiated by Cal State professors who also happen to work in the traffic department of Long Beach, which in 2009 brashly proclaimed itself "the most bicycle-friendly" city in America. It was a declaration that...