The Challenge: In Long Beach, city livability is synonymous with walking, biking, and swimming, and for years, Long Beach has made strategic investments to facilitate and promote these activities.  These include investment in over 140 miles of bike infrastructure, progressive zoning, and investment in public facilities such as parks, libraries, and community centers. In order to optimize future infrastructure enhancements, the City seeks to better understand the value public infrastructure brings to our communities and businesses. While the City utilizes a variety of methods and technologies to capture information on use of public facilities and infrastructure, it currently has little consistent, real time data.  

The Opportunity: The City is currently exploring how it can better capture, measure and analyze non-motorized travel and the use of community driven infrastructure such as parks, libraries, and community centers. The Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to obtain basic knowledge from organizations that provide such solutions. Responses to this RFI will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued at the conclusion of the research phase.

Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a strategy, solution or idea on how Long Beach can best create a a comprehensive approach to capturing, measuring and analyzing non-motorized travel and the use of community driven infrastructure. This can range from social entrepreneurs, engineers, innovation consultants, city officials, software developers, to general innovation and technology enthusiasts working locally or internationally.


  • Read the challenge statement here
  • Register with Planet Bids here
  • Review the Request for Information (RFI) located on Planet Bids
  • Prepare and write down your answers  
  • Submit your answers electronically as a PDF document via the Long Beach Planet Bids Portal here


How do I register with Planet Bids for free?
To register with Planet Bids for free, please connect via the Long Beach Portal using this link: 

Can I participate in the challenge if I have an international company?
Yes.  Long Beach encourages international participation in the challenge. If you are an international company and do not have a US affiliate, when prompted to provide your IRS Reporting Name, input your company’s name.  Then, when prompted to provide an FEI/Tax ID number, input the last nine digits of your company’s phone number. 

What should I include in my submission?
Your submission should include responses to the 7 questions outlined in the Request for Information. Any additional information that is pertinent to the challenge can also be included in your submission.

Can I talk to someone to find out more?
For questions regarding this RFI, submit all inquiries via email to Philippa Parry at and carbon copy (cc) Alma Castro at

Questions must be submitted by Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, in order to be guaranteed a response before the RFI submission due date.

Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, California covers approximately 52 square miles on the southern coast of Los Angeles County. Long Beach has a population of 462,257, making the City the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the seventh largest city in the State. Long Beach is home to many valuable assets including the second busiest sea port in the nation; notable tourist attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; remarkable education educations such as California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College, and Long Beach Unified School District. The City boasts seven miles of coast line as well as 164 parks.



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