As residents of Long Beach, many of us share a similar set of values. Besides placing the highest value on family and a real sense of community, a healthy lifestyle seems to top our list. Biking not only seems to fit that bill – with happy moms, dads and kids riding together on the boardwalk – but it is also just about as beautifully green as you can get: less cars on the road, no burning of fossil fuels, cleaner air and less noise.
Yes, Long Beach is a bicycle friendly town – with possible new bike paths and bike lanes planned for us in our future. But when our law makers permit bike rental stands on our side streets – within the very residential neighborhoods in which we live and play, one has to wonder what the City will allow next on our neighborhood corn
ers … A Taco stand?
For the moment let’s examine how DecoBike’s presence will benefit the residents of Long Beach. Simply put, bike rentals will make our town more attractive to non-residents who will come in, find it easier and more fun to get around, give us their money – and then possibly drop even more money in one or more of our local establishments.
But what kind of model are we setting up if we allow DecoBikes to park their bike stands on our residential streets? Long Beach law prohibits any business from being conducted in residential neighborhoods. Then why should DecoBike be the exception even if our City is benefitting? Where does it stop?
The answer may lie in instead in utilizing a model in other beach towns that offer bike rentals where the stands are placed in commercial areas. Okay, conceptually the DecoBike Official Bike Rental & Sharing Program sounds good. Rent a bike from any station in the city and simply drop off to any station when done. But can’t we rethink this?
Can’t we instead put these rental bike stands in our commercial areas where they belong? Yes it’s nice to ride bicycles on our boardwalk and our roads that are less traveled. But can’t we keep our roads beautifully residential like they should be without a bike and taco stand on every other corner?