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LA RidersJMG1000
Aug 28, 2002 11:32 PM
If you ride in the general West Los Angeles area, do you have any suggestions for relatively flat routes with either no cars or bike lanes (I've had way too many scary encounters with cars). I have been riding the bike path from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes and am looking for a change.
tough areamr_spin
Aug 29, 2002 6:39 AM
Anywhere near the beach or the airport is going to have lots traffic. Anywhere near Sunset and Wilshire will have lots of traffic. Then there's your "flat" requirement.

If you poke around Brentwood and Santa Monica north of Wilshire, you can find some relatively flat "back roads" that aren't too bad. Same with Mar Vista, Palms, and Culver City. The problem is, you can't really go very far. You also start getting into some marginal neighborhoods.

Too bad you want flat. Beverly Hills and Bel Air have some nice roads to ride on.

You can always drive out to the Valley. There's plenty of good, flat, traffic free roads out there.
re: LA Riderssteve1244
Aug 29, 2002 8:12 AM
You may want to check out San Vicente Blvd., between Wilshire and Ocean, and surrounding environs, including the Brentwood Country Club. The streets around this area are flat and wide, and generally have bike lanes. Early in the morning, there's not much traffic in the area. Later, though, it's a traffic nightmare.
Early morning, the best time.fracisco
Aug 29, 2002 10:12 AM
To reiterate what was written above, the best time, in my opinion, to ride in L.A. is early morning. There are a lot fewer cars out on the road. I could not imagine doing my morning rides after work, just because of the congestion.

The La Grange velo club has some rides listed on its site, one of which sticks out is a loop down San Vicente. Take a look at the "Rides" section of their website (www.lagrange.org), and maybe that will give you some ideas of a ride to create for yourself.

There really aren't any long, flat runouts in West L.A., unless you jump down to PCH and head north to Malibu, and I think that one of the pluses of living on the Westside is the easy access to canyons and hills of Pacific Palisades and beyond.
re: LA Ridersbm
Aug 29, 2002 11:29 AM
i've got the same problem. live in west la, but i like continous strips of road. . . . guess i'll have to settle for PCH

i'm gonna be down in west la for a few weeks want to know about the PCH ride. where should i start? how long does it take to drive to PCH from west la, park the car, and hit the road?

i hope it's worth it.
PCHfracisco
Aug 29, 2002 11:41 AM
PCH is a crowded road, but most of the traffic is southbound in the morning, and northbound in the afternoon. You should be able to ride to PCH from anywhere in West LA, and I would recommend taking San Vicente as your main route to reach the beach, rather than Wilshire Blvd. or Santa Monica Blvd. Then you can either go down 7th, or Entrada to get to the actual coast highway.

Another alternative would be to drive up to Malibu, and start riding PCH up there where the road is wider and straighter. There are hills and rollers north of Malibu proper on PCH, though.
re: LA Ridersbm
Aug 29, 2002 11:55 AM
i've got the same problem. live in west la, but i like continous strips of road. . . . guess i'll have to settle for PCH

i'm gonna be down in west la for a few weeks want to know about the PCH ride. where should i start? how long does it take to drive to PCH from west la, park the car, and hit the road?

i hope it's worth it.
re: LA RidersJMG1000
Aug 31, 2002 6:56 AM
From West LA (Pico and Westwood) to PCH in Santa Monica takes about 15-20 minutes.