The cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach are prioritizing policies that help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Where we live, work, and play influences the choices we make. Creating healthy Beach Cities means creating surroundings where it’s easy for residents to make the healthy choice — from providing easier access to grocery stores than fast food restaurants, to providing bike lanes with direct access to work, retail centers, beaches and parks. Cities can support the health and vitality of citizens by introducing policies that nudge people into eating better and moving more.
Blue Zones Project has helped to spearhead projects in the Beach Cities that have resulted in more than $8.1 million in grants being awarded for livability projects that help make active transportation easier.
What’s more, the improvements that make a community more walkable and bikeable tend to be long-lasting. Sidewalks and bike lanes endure for years — even decades — improving the community’s livability well into the future.
Since 2010, the Beach Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have:
- Adopted the Beach Cities Livability Plan (Fall 2011)
- Adopted the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan (Fall 2011)
- Completed preliminary analysis to assess feasibility of bike lanes on Aviation Boulevard
- Participated in “Bike to Lunch” event on national “Bike to Work” Day
- On behalf of the Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Beach Cities Health District's Livability Committee applied for and won two grants to support livability projects: 1) Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Sustainability Planning Grant – Bicycle Mini-Corral Plan project - $40,000 and 2) SCAG Transportation Planning Grant – Aviation Boulevard Multi-Modal Corridor Plan - $277,000
Successes in the Beach Cities: