Most regular readers know that I’m a photographer and that I go to nearly all my photo shoots by bike. It was a real treat when I was asked by the City of Long Beach and Bikestation to shoot images to help promote the city’s new bike share program.
It’s not exactly on the same level as what is going on in Paris, but it’s a start. Bike lockers have been recently installed in front of city hall and at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the bikes are free to use by the employees. The shoot went well and was one of the larger ones I had to manage. I had great help from two League of American Cyclist instructors, Dominic Dougherty and Chris Quint to make sure that the city employees that were going to model for me were going to ride correctly in traffic.
Chris and Dominic gave the employees a crash course in vehicular cycling and the basics of riding in traffic. I thought the shoot was a success on several levels. Not only was I able to get some good images, but we bicycling advocates had some good quality face time with city hall employees and potential bike commuters.
So kudos to the city to taking some initiative. Hopefully it will lead for more bike programs in the LBC.