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Huntington joins 21-mile Beach Boulevard block party

The seven cities along the 21-mile Beach Boulevard corridor between La Habra and Huntington Beach invited the public to “Meet on Beach” for a community block party Sunday featuring events in each city.

The festivities were intended to let visitors experience the historical route as a pedestrian- and bike-friendly street.

Huntington Beach joined the party with local food, live entertainment, BMX demonstrations, a bike rodeo by the Police Department, an endurance course and more at the municipal parking lot at Beach and Pacific Coast Highway.

Since opening in 1934, Beach Boulevard has beenone of Orange County’s most iconic and heavily traveled streets,cutting north-south through multiple communities, including La Habra, Westminster, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Stanton, Anaheim and Huntington Beach.

Meet on Beach was created by the Renew Beach Boulevard Coalition, an alliance of the seven cities — La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster and Huntington Beach — that is seeking to improve economic activity along Beach, and presented by the Southern California Assn. of Governments, which made the festival part of its Go Human campaign, which aims to reduce traffic accidents by encouraging walking and biking.

Beach Boulevard, also known as state Highway 39, accommodates 26,000 to 83,000 vehicle trips a day, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority.

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