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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Joins “Journey for Health” tour kickoff
Journey for Health Tour

‘Journey for Health’ bike ride to End in New York in 45 Days to Inspire Youths to Live Healthy Lifestyle

Mayor Bob Foster joined Anthem Blue Cross and Gary Earl Health to help kick off the 2013 Journey for Health cross country bike ride in Long Beach on Thursday.

 

The trip, designed to educate and inspire America’s youth to live healthier lifestyles, will traverse more than 3,200 miles over 45 days, and will end in New York City. Along the way, Gary Earl and the team of riders will stop at local Boys & Girls Clubs to spread the message. The first stop was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tustin on Thursday afternoon.

 

Journey for Health Tour

Mayor Foster spoke with cross country bike rider & noted health advocate Gary Earl before the kickoff.

 

Gary Earl presented the Mayor with a Journey for Health Tour shirt and hat.

Gary Earl presented the Mayor with a Journey for Health Tour shirt and hat. (In the background left to right) Boys & Girls Club Senior Director Wayne Moss, Iron Man and Anthem Blue Cross Vice President Steve Scott.

 

Thursday’s event was the first day of the trip, where riders kicked off the ride by “dipping” their back tires in the Pacific Ocean. When they conclude their ride, they plan on dipping their front tires in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Journey for Health riders "dipped" their tires in the Pacific Ocean (with the help of a bucket).

The Journey for Health riders “dipped” their tires in the Pacific Ocean (with the help of a bucket).

 

About the Journey for Health Tour

The Journey for Health Tour represents the personal and professional passions and experience of its creator, Earl, a nationally recognized health and well-being professional who for more than three decades of health and wellness leadership has helped companies, communities and individuals to experience the value of positive health. This national tour represents a collaborative effort between two organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and our communities; and in this case educate, inspire and motivate Americans to commit to better health.  Throughout the tour, Earl and the riders will share the message of good health through their blogs, daily health tips and most importantly, meeting with people in the communities across the country including cities such as Los Angles, Las Vegas, Denver, St Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia and New York City.

Follow along with the tour on Twitter, @j4htour, or at journeyforhealthtour.com.

 

About Anthem Blue Cross

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross name and symbol are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

 

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Journey for Health Tour

©2010 Bob Foster
Bike to School at Franklin Middle School
Bike to School

Mayor Foster and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal joined Franklin Middle School students and teachers to wrap up National Bike Month with a Bike to School ride.  The Bike to School event is to encourage students to safely use their bicycles for means of transportation.  Safe Moves, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving children through traffic safety education, organized this ride. Through Safe Moves, Bike Long Beach is providing Safe Routes to School programs to every elementary and middle school student in Long Beach. A federal Safe Routes To School grant supporting this program in Long Beach was recently extended two years through 2014. For more information, please visit www.safemoves.org and www.bikelongbeach.org.

Councilmember Lowenthal and the Mayor wait for other Franklin Middle School students for the Bike to School ride.

Councilmember Lowenthal and the Mayor wait for other Franklin Middle School students for the Bike to School ride.

 

Glenda told Mayor Foster that she wants to become a marine biologist.

Glenda told Mayor Foster that she wants to become a marine biologist.

 

Mayor Foster and Javier.

Mayor Foster and Javier.

 

Robert asked the Mayor to autograph his notebook.

Robert asked the Mayor to autograph his notebook.

 

Bike to School

 

Bike to School

 

 

 Bike to School

©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work

Mayor Foster participated in Bike to Work in Long Beach with a 17-mile route from his home to a meeting in West Long Beach.  The Mayor stopped at the California State University, Long Beach pit stop to say hello to fellow commuters who also used their bicycles to get to work.  Jax Bicycles offered free bike checks for bicycles as well.

 

Bike to Work

Resident Nesha Saucier rode her bicycle to job at CSULB.

Long Beach Resident Nesha Saucier rode her bicycle to her job at CSULB.

 

Mayor Foster with Elissa Thomas, Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at CSULB.

Mayor Foster with Elissa Thomas, Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at CSULB.

Anders Mattsson (far left) and Matt Gfell (far right) from Jax Bicycles in Long Beach were also at the CSULB pit stop to give free bike checks.

Anders Mattsson (far left) and Matt Gfell (far right) from Jax Bicycles in Long Beach were also at the CSULB pit stop to give free bike checks.

©2010 Bob Foster
Bike to Work with Mayor Foster
Bike to Work

In celebration of the upcoming 2013 Tour of Long Beach and to kick off May as National Bike Month, Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz and members of the Long Beach community participated in a bike to work day. The 5-mile route taken by the Mayor, Tony and others is part of the 2013 Tour of Long Beach course.

 

The Tour of Long Beach is May 11. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City, the 4-mile Family Fun Ride, or the 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo ride. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.touroflongbeach.com.

 

Above photo (left to right): Evan Kelly (Bikeable Communities), Mayor Foster, Tony Cruz, Kristine MacRae (Molina Healthcare), Nash Jacquez, and Ben Alvarado (Wells Fargo).

 

Bike to Work

Bike to Work

Mayor Foster with Ben Alvarado of Wells Fargo.

 

Bike to Work

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Receives Golden Bicycle Award from Safe Moves

 

On the playground of Bryant Elementary School in Long Beach today, Mayor Bob Foster received the Golden Bicycle Award from nationally recognized bicycling safety organization, Safe Moves. Mayor Foster was given the award for his outstanding support on bicycle safety and for being a role model for Long Beach youth by encouraging them to use their bicycle.

“I’m proud to receive the Golden Bicycle Award,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I rediscovered biking three years ago and now I ride at least 100 miles a week. This recognition from Safe Moves is very special as it’s awarding me for something that I love to do.”

“Thirty years ago more than 66% of children walked or bicycled to school. Nationally only 13% walk or bike now, but in Long Beach the numbers of children walking and bicycling are growing every day. The reason for this is the leadership of the Mayor and the commitment from the City to promote bicycling.” said Pat Hines, founder of Safe Moves.

After receiving the award, Mayor Foster rode his own bicycle in a bike rodeo with the students of Mrs. Holmes’ 4th/5th grade class. The bike rodeo is part of a special, in-school instruction for elementary and middle school students in Long Beach on how to safely navigate city streets. The Safe Moves bike rodeos are provided by the City of Long Beach’s Safe Routes to School Program which is funded by a federal grant from Caltrans.

About Safe Moves

Safe Moves is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating children and their families on traffic safety. Since 1983 Safe Moves has served thousands of schools in California to decrease the number of traffic-related collisions among children under the age of 18. Safe Moves is considered one of the leading authorities on traffic safety and has won many national awards from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Administration, Department of Health Services, California Office of Traffic Safety and the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Professionals. For more information, please visit www.safemoves.org and www.bikelongbeach.org.

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Mayor Foser received the Golden Bicycle Award from Safe Moves

 
 
 
 
 
 

Top photo caption: Mayor Foster with Pat Hines (center), founder of Safe Moves and students of Bryant Elementary School.

 
 
 
 
 
©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Pride Parade, Dirtbags and Kidical Mass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Foster with Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, one of this year’s “Morris Knight” Political Grand Marshal.

 

 

 

 

Mayor with Interval House staff and Ron Sylvester, this year’s male Community Grand Marshal.

 

 

Mayor and Nancy Foster with Angel Mancias (center).

Mayor Foster speaks to one of the Long Beach State baseball players before he throws out the first pitch.

 

 

The Mayor gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Dirtbags game hosted by the Steel Magnolias.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Foster joined the Knolls Ranger at Los Cerritos Park for Kidical Mass.

 

 

Mayor Foster lead the way for the inagural Kidical Mass through Bixby Knolls.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Helps to Open Bike-Friendly Business Districts

The nation’s first Bike-Friendly Business Districts were launched Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Long Beach, to encourage merchants and customers to benefit from choosing bikes, not cars, for short trips.

The Bike-Friendly Business Districts operate under the premise that businesses are looking for ways to reach and retain customers, and customers are looking for ways to shop, dine, and run errands as conveniently and pleasurably as possible.

“Bike-Friendly Business Districts are a win-win for the whole city,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Bike-Friendly Business Districts encourage merchants to use bicycles for their deliveries and errands, and encourage residents to ride their bikes to shop and dine locally. They promote personal health for residents, and financial health for businesses as they attract more customers, and more sales.”

A grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is providing funding for merchant bicycles, other equipment and promotional events in Bixby Knolls, 4th Street/”Retro Row”, East Village Arts District and Cambodia Town (pending). Beginning Saturday, June 4, participating merchants in the Bike-Friendly Business Districts will offer weekly “Bike Saturday” discounts and incentives for patrons who bike to shop or dine at their businesses.

“Bicycling within our communities is indeed an integral part of local economic development,” said Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, who represents the 8th District. “Bicycling encourages us to shop and dine locally, minimizes traffic and parking issues, reduces pollution, is often faster, always cheaper, and certainly less of a hassle than driving, and is healthy and fun.”

“Long Beach’s Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts aim to increase bicycle and pedestrian trips, and will help local businesses thrive,” said Paul Simon, MD, MPH, Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “This helps increase physical activity while enhancing the livability of the neighborhood.”

Bike-Friendly Business Districts are funded through the LA County Department of Public Health’s RENEW (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness) initiative, which seeks to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity in LA County. RENEW LA County is made possible by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. Other RENEW bike projects include the Countywide Cycling Collaborative’s “Bike Wrangler,” working to collect abandoned and donated used bikes and provide them to residents who need them most for a primary means of transportation. Additionally, the upcoming County of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan – which will add nearly 700 miles of new bikeways throughout the county – is helping to make the streets friendlier for bicyclists of all skill levels.

For more information, visit http://bikelongbeach.org or http://choosehealthla.com

Mayor Foster shows off one of the merchant cargo bikes.

(left to right) Charles Gandy (Long Beach Mobility Coordinator), Blair Cohn (Bixby Knolls Business Improvement District), Mayor Foster, Councilmember Gabelich, Kerstin Kansteiner (Portfolio Coffeehouse) and Rand Foster (Fingerprints).

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: 2011 Tour of Long Beach

 

The 2011 Tour of Long Beach was a success!  More than $125,000 was raised for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.  This year’s Tour of Long Beach also doubled the number of riders compared to last year – more than 1,700 riders participated in the either the 31-mile, 62-mile or the Justin Rudd Family Ride.

Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors and volunteers! 

Kevin and Narbeh helping out at the bag pick-up.

Mayor Foster with volunteers Mary Lou and Jody.

Tour of Long Beach Volunteers Yvonne and Saira help with registration.

Students from UC Irvine's Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

(left to right): Dr. Amanda Termuhlen (medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital), Danny Sweeney (Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patient), Nika Susnjar (Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patient) with her dad, Kraig Kojian (Downtown Long Beach Associates), Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Tony Cruz (U.S. Olympian, six-year teammate of Lance Armstrong and City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador, and Ben Alvarado (Wells Fargo, Tour of Long Beach title sponsor).

Mayor Foster with his son Kenny at the Tour of Long Beach finish line.

Wells Fargo regional president Ben Alvarado with Mayor Foster.

Mayor Foster with Kraig Kojian (Downtown Long Beach Associates) and Angel, a Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach patient.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Bob Bikes to Work

Long Beach Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz and others ride with the Mayor to promote the May 14 Tour of Long Beach.

City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/U.S. Olympian Tony Cruz, Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin and others joined Mayor Bob Foster in a “Bike to Work” ride this morning to promote the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

“We’re celebrating May as ‘National Bike Month’ and our upcoming Tour of Long Beach by biking to work today,” said Mayor Foster. “The Tour is going to be a great event that takes riders through our best bike routes along the beach, parks and the two rivers. I encourage people to join me on the May 14 ride that is not only fun, but it’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The Tour of Long Beach invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

“It was last year’s event that made me into a cycling enthusiast,” said Mayor Foster. “I bought my bike for the first Tour of Long Beach and since then, I’ve made it a point to ride at least 100 miles every week.”

This year, Mayor Foster will be riding the Tour of Long Beach course twice as part of the Metric Century Ride. The Mayor also has a team for any riders to join called the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Helps Kick-Off 2011 Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster helped kick-off the 2011 Tour of Long Beach event today at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.   At the kick-off, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz challenged several young patients to a tricycle race around the hospital. In front of many doctors, nurses and fellow patients, Adan, wearing bib #1, won the race.

The tricycle race was a great way to celebrate the 2011 Tour of Long Beach, which benefits the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. For the second consecutive year, the Tour will take cyclists of all ages and skill levels on a 31-mile course throughout our City.  And if you’re up for the challenge, join Mayor Foster in riding the Metric Century, where riders go twice around the Tour course.  No matter which course you decide, the Mayor invites everyone to join his team the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

For more information on the Tour of Long Beach on May 14, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

(Above photo caption: Mayor Foster, Adan, who won the tricycle race, and Dr. Jerry Finklestein)

 
 

Mayor Foster and Brianna, a young Miller Children's Hospital patient.

(Left to right) Charlie Feder, Tony Cruz and Mayor Foster.

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