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Los Angeles Rides(8 posts)

Los Angeles RidesJMG1000
Aug 20, 2003 7:24 AM
I am a weekend rider and enjoy the bike path from Santa Monica / Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes. I usually park for free on Temescal Canyon but if you get there late on the weekend there are no spaces. The beach parking lots are $9.50 and are usually gridlocked. I know, I should ride early in the morning and avoid this, but with three young children, my only option for a weekend ride is about 1:00 p.m. when they are napping. Does anyone know of any good, uncongested free parking areas on the weekends to access the beach bike path?
re: Los Angeles RidesNo_sprint
Aug 20, 2003 9:00 AM
You're going to be hard pressed to find anything like that from Tijuana to San Francisco and beyond. If you've got your bike, why not park a mile or two inland and ride to the path? You can park on Manchester or something near Lincoln and pop right down. You can also try Vista del Mar near the airport, that's probably your best choice.

I for one don't go near that path on the weekends. It's stop and go with too much eye candy, bladers, numbskulls, walkers, etc.
re: Los Angeles RidesThe Walrus
Aug 20, 2003 11:18 AM
On those occasions when I exercise poor judgement and ride the beach bike path, I park in Marina Del Rey at the (free) lot on Fiji Way, just west of Admiralty; I think it's Pier 51 or something like that. If you're concerned about missing the stretch from Santa Monica down to MDR, you can make up the miles by doing an out-and-back on the Ballona Creek bike route before heading down to Palos Verdes.
re: Los Angeles RidesDougyowougy
Aug 20, 2003 11:52 AM
It is called 'Dock 52' on Fiji Way but watch out because in the last couple of months there has been a lot of glass
fragments on the pavement.
No chance of a space at 1pm on a weekend in my opinion. nm.No_sprint
Aug 20, 2003 12:00 PM
Hollywood Rivierachazman
Aug 20, 2003 9:30 PM
Of course, this option is only good if you live near Redondo Beach unless you like sitting through 405 traffic. Parking near Torrance Beach on Catalina is free on Sundays. A great ride is to start at the end of Catalina, head up PV to PV West. Continue on PV West to PV East. Climb the the top, head back down. Then on the way back go up and over Hawthorne and return via PV North. It is about 30 miles with 2500 feet of climbing.
re: Los Angeles RidesJMG1000
Aug 21, 2003 3:55 PM
I agree about the bike being nuts on the weekends, but what's a good alternative route then? I have had way too many close calls to ride most of the streets in West LA on the weekends (I think I've used up 8 lives already) and with the frequent traffic lights, clipless pedals are an extreme pain. Where would you ride at 1:00 p.m. on a Saturday?
Temescal Canyon... park further up the hillcorn_chipz
Aug 20, 2003 11:12 PM
Temescal Canyon is the best place I've found, I always park there. You just have to park further up the hill towards Sunset Blvd if you come later in the afternoon :)