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Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monica to Newport Ca(9 posts)

Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monica to Newport Cajimijoe
Jun 27, 2002 1:58 PM
I am looking for a bicycle friendly route that will connect me from Santa Monica to Newport Beach Ca. Does any one know a good route or how would you recommend me finding one???

re: Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monica to Newport CaHBPat
Jun 27, 2002 2:31 PM
I've ridden from Hermosa down to San Diego a few times and the route is pretty straight forward once you get past long beach. Here's my route

Take the beach path down to the Redondo pier.
At the pier go up to Catalina and take that until you hit Palos verdes North. Stay to the right and ride that up over San Pedro (around 10 miles I think). Once you're there just stay along the water until you get into Long beach. Once you get through Long Beach (no really great way that I know) the PCH bike path will pick up and the rest of the ride will be great. Once you are past HUntington the scenery picks up and it is one of the best rides around.

Have fun!
Doesn't the beach path run almost all the way?cory
Jun 27, 2002 2:38 PM
I was in Santa Monica in October, and while I didn't ride the whole thing, I'm almost sure I saw a map in a bike shop (Supergo on Wilshire?) that showed the path extending that far, with maybe a few detours inland.
good luck!mr_spin
Jun 27, 2002 2:40 PM
That's a tough call. Your biggest obstacle is the middle section, where you face not so good neighborhoods or the harbor.

If I were you, I would take the beach bike path from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach, which is roughly the southern end. Then get on Hwy 1 and take it all the way to Newport.

That's still not going to be great. I would probably opt to take Palos Verdes Drive around the Penninsula. If nothing else, this will add incredible scenery to your ride. You'll come out in San Pedro, and now you have some tough choices.

The simplest way is to get back to hwy 1 and take it all the way to newport. Or you can take the Vincent Thomas Bridge across to Terminal Island. I have no idea if bikes are allowed on this bridge or the Island, and you still have two more bridges to cross to get off the island and into Long Beach. Once in Long Beach, pick up Hwy 1 and head towards Newport.

Once through Long Beach, you should be back to nice beach scenery, but you'll also have to deal with beach goers.

Good luck!
Totally unqualified to answer this question...Scot_Gore
Jun 27, 2002 7:29 PM
I don't live in LA, nor am I very familiar with it's streets. Here's the ludicrious thing I did. I put Santa Monica and Newport Beach into Microsoft Streets & Trips, set my road preferences to arterial roads highly desirable and everything else to highly dislike. I know it's probably crazy to apply a computer program to LaLa land, but here's the route it kicked back:
Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 62.9 miles (5 hours, 16 minutes)
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Santa Monica on Broadway St (North-East) 0.3 mi
9:01 AM 0.3 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto 11th St 1.1 mi
9:07 AM 1.4 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Ocean Park Blvd 2.0 mi
9:17 AM 3.4 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn RIGHT (South) onto Armacost Ave 0.3 mi
9:19 AM 3.7 Turn LEFT (East) onto National Blvd 0.1 mi
9:20 AM 3.9 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto Inglewood Blvd 3.3 mi
9:37 AM 7.2 Continue (South-East) on (S) Centinela Ave 0.9 mi
9:42 AM 8.1 Continue (East) on Local road(s) 0.3 mi
9:44 AM 8.4 Continue (East) on (W) Centinela Ave 2.5 mi
9:57 AM 10.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto (E) Florence Ave 18.0 mi
11:25 AM 28.9 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Carmenita Rd 5.4 mi
11:51 AM 34.2 Continue (South) on Moody St [Carmenita Rd] 3.3 mi
12:07 PM 37.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto Cerritos Ave 4.0 mi
12:27 PM 41.6 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Magnolia Ave 0.5 mi
12:30 PM 42.1 Continue (South) on Magnolia St 9.1 mi
1:14 PM 51.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Adams Ave 2.1 mi
1:24 PM 53.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Placentia Ave 3.3 mi
1:40 PM 56.5 Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto Superior Ave 0.6 mi
1:43 PM 57.1 Bear LEFT (South) onto Local road(s) 21 yds
1:44 PM 57.1 Bear LEFT (South) onto (W) Balboa Blvd 2.8 mi
1:58 PM 60.0 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Palm St 120 yds
1:59 PM 60.0 *Check timetable* Take Balboa Island (North)
2:00 PM 60.0 Take Agate Ave (North-East) 174 yds
2:01 PM 60.1 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto Park Ave 0.5 mi
2:04 PM 60.6 Turn LEFT (North) onto Marine Ave 0.3 mi
2:06 PM 60.9 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Bayside Dr 1.6 mi
2:14 PM 62.5 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Marguerite Ave 0.4 mi
2:16 PM 62.9 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
2:16 PM 62.9 Arrive Newport Beach

Driving distance: 62.9 miles
Trip duration: 5 hours, 16 minutes
Driving time: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Looks like it takes you inland and keeps you there, not very scenic, but you asked for ways of finding good bike routes and this is one I use alot.

Good Luck

He's right about lack of qualifications. ;-)mickey-mac
Jun 27, 2002 8:49 PM
Don't follow the route described above. It will take you through some pretty rough neighborhoods with some pretty bad roads. Stick to the coast. However, what others have said is right: the part of that ride through the middle section is no fun: Harbor City, Wilmington, and parts of Long Beach. I'd suggest sticking along the coast in Palos Verdes rather than going through Torrance and Lomita. Once you hit PCH and 2nd Street in Long Beach, the riding becomes much more pleasant. You'll find a bike lane for much of the trip through Seal Beach, Surfside, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach.
re: Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monica to Newport Cacarbonlover
Jun 28, 2002 6:57 AM
HBPat probably gave the best route. Just be very careful riding through Wilmington and West Long Beach. Speaking from 17 years law enforcement experience in the area, there are some extremely undesirable people on PCH through those cities, who would love to relieve you of your prized steed.
re: Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monic {THANKS)jimijoe
Jun 28, 2002 12:24 PM
Thanks for your advise. I will attempt this trek this on the 4th. Wish me luck

Happy Trails
re: Need bicycle friendly route from Santa Monic {THANKS)maxwicks
Dec 31, 2002 8:43 AM
question-from newport to san-diego is it all pch and how hairy is the traffic- is their a bike lane