I live in Belmont Heights and ride my bike regularly in Long Beach for exercise, pleasure, and personal business. I take "Bike Blvd." (Vista) to grocery shop at the Ralph's on 4th and Orizaba. I take 3rd street to downtown to do my clothes shopping at The Rack. I ride down to the Belmont Pier and catch the beach bike path regularly to exercise or meet friends in Shoreline or on Pine. I also cruise down to 2nd Street for dinner and debauchery with my friends at least once a week.
I've never had a problem with cars or tickets, at least partly because when I bought my bike I took the time to go the the BikeLongBeach website and read and watch the biking safety videos. It seems the bicycle plans are working quite well to me - and I couldn't be happier.