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Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to Cypress(10 posts)

Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to Cypresssurf
Dec 10, 2001 8:54 AM
If anyone lives and commutes in the Huntington Beach area or Cypress area Could you help. I will be transferring shortly and plan on commuting by bike. Are there any good/safe paths between Cypress (katella and Valley View) and South Huntington Beach. Thanks for any tips. With all the readers im hoping someone lives in the area.
re: Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to Cypressmickey-mac
Dec 10, 2001 9:33 AM
I don't live in the area any more, but I grew up there and did a lot of riding in the area. If you're near the beach and want a bit more scenery on the ride, hop on PCH and take it up to Huntington Harbour. Turn right on Warner and take it up to Bosa Chica. Take Bolsa Chica left. BC turns into Valley View at the 405 and will take you all the way up to your destination. I haven't ridden Valley View in a while, but I do recall it being about the most bike-friendly north-south street in that part of town. If you want the shortest route, you can skip PCH and take Brookhurst or Magnolia up to Warner, go left on Warner, and right on Bolsa Chica. That will probably save you about 15-20 minutes from the PCH route. Be safe.
re: Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to Cypresssurf
Dec 10, 2001 9:48 AM
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately bolsa chica has tons of traffic and no bike lane. Thats actually the reason im asking because your first rout was the one i was going to do until i rode on Bolsa Chica. Im thinking Springdale or Bushard might work.
re: Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to Cypressmickey-mac
Dec 10, 2001 10:14 AM
Springdale's not a bad choice. Unfortunately it doesn't go as far north as you need to go. If you do take Springfield, think if me when you go past Bell Junior High, home of the Roadrunners. ;-)
re: Commuting in So. Cal - Huntington Beach to CypressMCCL
Dec 10, 2001 12:11 PM
Try OCTA (Orange County Transit Authority)
Strategic Planning
OCTA P.O. Box 14184
Orange, Ca 92863-1584
Ask for the Orange County Bikeways Map it's free. Or call 800-636-RIDE they may also be able to help. I have one of these maps. They serve well. Enjoy. Souther CaLLLLLLLLL! MCCL
You people make me sick (green w/ envy)TexasSuks
Dec 10, 2001 1:41 PM
I take a trip to long beach every summer and hate to come back. Hope you folks realize how good you have it. Try riding in TX in the summer. sigh... How's the tech job market in that area? anybody know?
try England in the summerdano
Dec 11, 2001 2:59 AM
YOU don't know how good you have it. I WISH I had the heat of a Texas summer. I used to live in Oklahoma City where the summers got pretty darn hot and I didn't know how good I had it. England doesn't even have summer. They have some nice days for a few weeks where you can almost get a little suntan, but that's it. The rest of the time its cold, rainy, foggy, windy and just generally crappy. I remember when I used to actually get sweaty on rides instead of just cold and tired.

Everybody's got a reason to moan, right?
try England in the summerMJ
Dec 11, 2001 4:05 AM
where do you live and ride?
Dec 11, 2001 9:15 AM
I live in Lincoln which is about 120 miles straight north of London. I ride in the farm country and the wolds east of Lincoln between the city and the North Sea Coast. We get a lot of weather blowing off of the Pennine mountains and accross the midlands plain resulting in very windy conditions and lots of rain showers. One thing that really struck me when I first got here is that the roads are never dry from November through March. All during the winter they are permanantly wet, muddy and slippery. I do have a bike equipped with fenders for winter riding. Fenders make a HUGE difference in keeping myself and my bike relatively clean riding on the wet roads.

Another thing I noticed is how much colder you get in the fog. Winter days here frequently feature temps in the mid-30s (F) with a thick fog. The moisture of the fog combined with the cold temps makes for a very cold ride. The air is so heavy with moisture that it really weighs on the lungs. You constantly have to wipe condensation off your glasses to see and any exposed skin gets wet and very cold. What bums me out is how short the good riding season is. I can't just go out in bibs and short sleeves until June and am back in arm and knee warmers in September. Oh well, I'm moving this week to southern Germany. We'll see how that is next summer. I'm sure it will be colder and have more snow in the winter, but that's OK.....I'll be close to ski country and the roads should be in better condition (road quality is NOT one of the UK's strong points.)
So Cal CommutingXeke
Dec 10, 2001 4:50 PM
Obviously the less congested streets are easier to transit during the rush hours, such as Gothard, Edwards, Hoover or Newland (North/South); Heil, Hazard, Lampson (East/West). I suggest getting out the Thomas Guide and scouting the options by paralleling the main streets, perhaps riding potential routes on the weekends. The bottlenecks are where the over/underpasses intersect the San Diego and Garden Grove Freeways, but the trick is to use those that don't have on/off ramps (Newland @ I405; Hoover @ 22). Ride safe!

This weekend I saw only one person riding the River paths while yapping on a cell phone! But who am I to suggest that one can't do such a thing, even if most So Cal Style drivers can't seem to drive and use a turn signal at the same time!