LA Bike Routes

These bike routes are suggested to us by cyclists riding within the Los Angeles area as alternatives to your standard car route. The routes are displayed on Google Maps utilizing the GMAPS Pedometer.

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6Overland/10 FWY to LMU Area
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Start at Overland Ave, a busy street because of the highway on-ramp. There’s room, but I have to watch out for people opening doors and tons of debris on the sides. After crossing Venice Blvd, I hit uneven road full of gaps and cracks. It’s not bad from Culver Blvd to Sepulveda Blvd, plus there’s a school, so car drivers have to be extra careful. The biggest pain is crossing under 405 and going down Jefferson Blvd. There is no room under 405 bridge. Also there’s so much broken glass and car parts everywhere. Must be a popular collision spot. Going down Jefferson is terrible because cars drive fast and they rarely look around. Again the sides of the street are full of debris and broken glass. Coming back is even worse, I have to merge 2 lanes to stay on Jefferson. Going under the 405 is terrible during traffic hours. As I approach Palms while going down Overland Ave, I have to watch out for people constantly trying to merge, trying to inch their way to i-10

Submitted by: Yury Sakovich

Area: West Side

Arcadia to San Gabriel, 7.5 miles
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This route is on slow, easy streets and happens to pass near my house in the middle. An option is to take Broadway instead of Hermosa dr. I find Broadway more intersting because there are usually more people around. Broadway does get more traffic, so it would be a trade-off.

Submitted by: Eric

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Beverly Hills to WeHo
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I ride this commute twice a day, once at 5:30 am (WeHo to BH) when there is no traffic and I can vary it up as I please, and once at 2:30 pm (BH to WeHo), when there’s more traffic to deal with. Heading north on Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, cross SM Blvd into residential Beverly Hills. Take a right on Carmelita. Take a right on Doheny. Left on SM Blvd (bike lane begins) Turn right on Sweetzer (bike lane ends) Turn left on Willoughby. Right on Spaulding, Cross Melrose

Submitted by: Julie

Area: West Side

Burbank to Valley
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Clark Street is a dream. This is my ride to work route. Avoid much of the heavy traffic, and ride residential.

Tips: Be cautious around mile 3, it’s dense with apartments. Ride in the left lane at mile 4 under the freeway, then left turn lane. Just past mile 5 you’ll start riding in traffic, but the lane is good and marked well. If you wish to keep heading eastward, then a detour north to the bike path along the orange line will take you to Balboa.

Submitted by: Tadpole Rider

Area: Valley

Canoga Park (DeSoto) to Van Nuys (Balboa)
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Going across the Valley, Roscoe, Saticoy, and Sherman Way are pretty busy with cars. Two blocks south of Roscoe, is Strathern St. A street slightly wider than the one in front of your house running straight through the neighborhoods from about DeSoto all the way to Balboa Blvd. Wanna fight the traffic or enjoy the ride? I prefer Strathern.

Tips: Starts at Irondale Ave. just east of DeSoto. Mexican? DeSoto and Roscoe. Sushi? One block south of DeSoto and Roscoe, on your left. Carl’s Jr… Yup, DeSoto & Roscoe.

Submitted by: Dave

Area: Valley

Cottonwood School to Center of Light Church
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Take Ave P-8/Bulldog west. It curves and becomes Summerwind, then 15th St West. Continue north on 15th St West, a private road, then turn right onto Ave N. Ave N is very busy, but wide past the 14 Fwy. If the traffic is too fast and busy for you to make a left turn onto 10th St West, use the pedestrian crosswalks. Go north on 10th St West using the shoulder. Stay in the shoulder area, because the speed limit on 10th St West appears to be 60 mph. Past Ave M, the shoulder disappears, but the road widens. Turn left at Ave L-8.

Submitted by: Michele C.

Area: Lancaster-Palmdale

Cottonwood School to Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse
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 Take Ave P-8/Bulldog west. Ave P-8 has a wide outside lane and is lightly traveled. Ave P-8 curves to the north, becoming Summerwind, then 15th St West after you cross Rancho Vista Blvd. 

Turn right onto Ave O. Ave O is narrow and busy, but it has a small shoulder, and then after you cross 10th St West, it widens and goes through an area with desert on the left and industrial businesses on the right. 
Take Ave O until it intersects with Sierra Hwy. You’ll need to push the pedestrian button to cross Sierra to the Sierra Bike Path. 
Go north on the bike path for 2 miles to Ave M. At this point, you will need to push the pedestrian button to cross Sierra Hwy. You’ll have to cross on the wrong side of the road first because there is only 1 crosswalk and then cross over to the right side of the road, crossing Ave M. 
Turn right on Ave M. Ave M has a narrow shoulder, but it’s only 1/2 mile to the courthouse. 
Go past the traffic light to the next entryway and you will find bicycle parking next to the bus stop.

Submitted by: Michele C.

Area: Lancaster-Palmdale

Culver City to Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles
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In the morning, this route works well. Although for most of the journey there are only two lanes in each direction, cars do not travel as fast as they do on Exposition, on Venice, or on Olympic. For travelling in the dark, the road is well lit. The route on Jefferson between LaBrea and Vermont is a liitle rough, but I’ve never had a problem in 2 years of commuting. This route is the flattest (fastest to downtown from Culver City.

Submitted by: Dan Gallagher

Area: West Side

Culver City to Santa Monica
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Submitted by: Bb

Area: West Side

Downtown to Echo Park After 7:00 PM
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This is a good route from the Old Bank District to Echo Park. This
ride is so fun at night because the traffic on Glendale Blvd. really
empties out.

Tip: Take care when going through the 2nd St. tunnel.

Submitted by: Ryno

Area: Central LA

Downtown to the ocean
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Washington Blvd all the way! This is a wide 6 lane blvd that is
perfect for bike lanes. Very scenic with large portions of it not being
well-trafficked by vehicles. Also there is the alternative of Ballona
creek for a portion of route.

Submitted by: A. MINC

Area: Central LA

Eagle Rock to Old Town Pasadena
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Wonderfully scenic with slow car
traffic most of the way. Consider riding the Arroyo Seco portion on a
late, hot summer night — the crickets are amazing.

Tip: Bring a good headlight for night riding, some of the streets are very dark at night.

Submitted by: Shay

Area: North East LA

East Pasadena to JPL
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Take Del Mar West to Hill, and head north up the slow gradual slope all the way to the Altadena Golf Course, where HIll wiggles to the left. Then turn left on Mendocino, and every time the road comes to a T, jog left (You’ll find yourself on Harriet, and then briefly Ventura). This will eventually get you to the forest service road which drops down into the Arroyo, and also JPL’s east entrance. <strong>Tips:</strong> This route is meant to be easy to remember, and low impact – pretty close to the minimum amount of climbing you can do to get from Caltech to JPL, while staying on pleasant roads. JPL’s east entrance is not open on weekends or holidays, and they close it at 8pm. Watch out for car doors opening on Mendocino and Harriet. They’re low traffic roads, but there are lots of cars parked along them, so just ride out in the middle of the lane.

Submitted by: Zane Crawford

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Echo Park to the south end of Beverly Hills
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This route also takes you through K-town and the Miracle Mile area,
all without having to ride one big, nasty street. If only it went all
the way to Santa Monica!

Submitted by: SurviveLA

Area: Central LA

Hancock Park to Santa Monica
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This route is pretty safe and goes through some nice areas.

Submitted by: Dave

Area: Central LA

Highland Park to USC (University Park campus)
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This is the route I take almost every day from Highland Park to USC.
This route has evolved over about 3 years, and is the one I like best
to get to USC (I take a slightly different route home). The jog over
30th. St. (at the end) is just so I can get coffee at Starbucks in the
University Village before the day starts, otherwise continuing on Flower
is just fine. Tips: I tend to ride reasonably early,
but if you get stuck at rush hour be careful just as you turn off
Figueroa onto Pasadena Ave. This turns into a wide single lane road, but
between French Ave and Ave 33 people ‘think’ they can squeeze 2 lanes,
not fun if you are part of the squeeze!

Submitted by: Andrew Jones

Area: North East LA

Howard Hughes Centerto Hollywood
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My commute route starts at the Howard Hughes Center just north of LAX. The first mile of it is the worst: along Sepulveda Blvd. until it branches off to Jefferson Blvd. Shortly after that I cut through a leafy neighborhood in Culver City, past a nice park with little leaguers, kids playing soccer, and homies playing handball. Then I cross a foot (and bike) bridge to the Ballona Creek Path. I ride the path to its northern end (if only it went all the way into Hollywood!) at another city park. Then it’s up to the surface streets to Venice Blvd.

Venice is a good street for bicycling because of its wide bike path. I head east on Venice past Hauser, then I cut up north on Burnside, which becomes Dunsmuir. Then it’s up more side streets like Cochran and Cloverdale to Detroit, all nice, quite streets. You occasionally get some person doing 60 miles an hour in an SUV (I’m not exaggerating) though these streets that are lined with houses and front yards with kids on their big wheels, but that’s not an everyday occurrence thankfully. I’ve gotten in a small handful of confrontations with people taking such high-speed side-street shortcuts in my year of biking this route. Eventually I reach the crumbling, pock-marked roads of glamorous Hollywood and the steep climb — I call it the final burn — to my home.

It took me a year of motorcycling and taking the bus to work (sometimes with my bike mounted on front) before realizing that I could save a lot of money, aggravation, and time (the bus can take up to two and a half hours) by simply riding the bike home. I’m hooked.

Tip: There is almost no downhill coasting on this route, which is great if you’re interested in knocking out your commute and workout at the same time. Stretch before and after.

Submitted by: Brian Bell

Area: West Side

Korea Town to West Hollywood
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The stretch between Vermont Ave and La Brea Ave can be easily
covered taking 4th street. This is a popular street among commuters who
whant a quiet alternative to other more busy east-west streets like 3rd
st, Wilshire, or Beverly. Lots of trees, good looking lawns, and people
walking their dogs and kids. Very few stop lights, a lot of stop signs.

Tip:
A lot of crossings have stop signs in all directions. These are easy on
a bike since most cars, already stoped, will respect your right of way.

Submitted by: Federico

Area: Central LA

Lincoln Heights to Downtown L.A :: Special Bypass Route
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Linked is the most surreal and wonderful way to re-experience
Lincoln Heights, No matter how familiar you may already be with the
area, this route will blow you away!! Starting at the LA river center
(with parking, bike repair tools, and a great resting park) you are
taken safely across the LA river, atop Radio Hill, overlooking the
CornField, across 110 north, along 110south, and down a suspended,
mid-highway spiral staircase decent at the junction of a tunnel, two
sets of train tracks, the LA river, and multiple bridges, and then
safely back to the LA river Center.

Tip:  Go with friends, as this is a rarely, if ever, traveled path. Enjoy and please send comments! Dan

Submitted by: Dan Gottlieb

Area: North East LA

Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles to Culver City
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In the evening, this route works well. Like the route for the way
in, for much of the route there are two lanes in each direction. But
these streets support traffic moving at slower speeds than Figueroa,
Venice, Olympic, etc. And this route is the flattest route (fastest)
that I’ve discovered from downtown!

Submitted by: Dan Gallagher

Area: Central LA

Los Feliz to USC (Commuter Route!)
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This is the best way I’ve found to get to USC from the vicinity of
LACC. Side streets all the way to Hoover (where you’ve got a bike lane)
and you cross all major streets at a light. New Hampshire (described in
another post) peters out after Olympic but you can jump over to WESTMORELAND
(how I adore WESTMORELAND, quaint tower-views, relatively slow traffic,
good connections) at 4th to pass by Shatto Lanes or any other street
that has a light across Vermont.

Watch the Parking garage just North of
Wilshire on Westmoreland, waving at the cars that do stop for you. The
sidewalk is the easiest way to make this jog of an intersection. South
Western University is closed to cars but you can pedal right through.
Other little trick is to take 17th St, which curves around into S New
England where you can cross Washington at a light, then take 20th St to
Hoover’s underpassing of the 10; thus avoiding some dodgy right-turning
cars/trucks taking Hoover to the 10. The bike lane on Hoover from 20th
to USC is a dream. Now, if only LA would install bike-friendly
push-buttons like Vancouver at some of these cross streets… 35 mins to
USC from my apartment near LACC; 45 mins home. Still working on the
return route, but after dark I’ve been taking advantage of the bike
racks on the 754.

Submitted by: Maren F.

Area: Central LA

Lower Eagle Rock (Glassell Park side) to Trader Joe’s Eagle Rock
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Almost completely bypasses the Eagle Rock and Colorado Blvd. madness.

Tip: When coming off Mount Royal road turn right into the alley way just before Colorado Blvd. This will take you to Townsend.

Submitted by: Liz

Area: North East LA

Monrovia to Old Town Pasadena - approx. 10 miles
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Take Foothill Blvd west to Santa Anita, go north on Santa Anita to Sierra Madre Blvd and turn left. Do not continue on Foothill, the road gets narrow and cars routinely drive very fast between Santa Anita and Rosemead Blvd. The ride through the city of Sierra Madre is safe and much more pleasant. Continue on this street, it curves back down to Orange Grove where you take a right. Then turn left on Fair Oaks. I ride this route three to four days a week to and from work, it has so nice hills for a good workout if you are into that.

Submitted by: Anonymous

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Monrovia to South Pasadena
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Be alert going down Huntington in the morning since it is a 4 lane arterial and the speed limit is 45. Going East past Rosemead Bl. it has wide curb lanes but as you pass San Gabriel Bl. and San Marino High Huntington gets lined up with drivers dropping off high schoolers combined with the on street commuters who use Huntington to Downtown LA in the morning. After that its smooth sailing once you get on Monterey and head towards the Gold line. The homes in San Marino are luxurious if you like the ‘bling’ and often times I see elementary school kids riding their bikes to school.

Submitted by: Tony

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena to Arcadia REI
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Easy way to get to the REI in Arcadia. Thank god we don’t have to bike to San Dimas anymore!

Tip: Just a little bit of hectic on Colorado before it becomes the 210 frontage road, and a little bit more on Santa Anita when you get into Arcadia. The left veering turn that takes you from Colorado Pl. to stay on Colorado Blvd. is a timed light – it will eventually change for you. Crossing Rosemead sucks without a light – make use of the center turn lane.

Submitted by: Zane Crawford

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena to Downtown L.A.
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It’s a fun ride as it’s mostly downhill. We’ve done this ride on Pasadena Critical Mass which included some beginner riders – they had no difficulty. If your too tired or not in good shape for the uphill direction (Downtown to Pasadena) you can take the Goldline. When on Pasadena Ave getting to Daly St, it’s a 5-way intersection which can be a bit confusing. You will be turning slightly to the right to stay on Pasadena. If the Bike Oven is open and you haven’t been there, be sure to stop and check it out when you are near it (on Figueroa near Ave. 37).

Submitted by: Eric

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena to Taco Trucks in Highland Park
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<p> Scenic, and for the most part low traffic until you get to York or Figueroa. Also a nice way to get to Busters and Videotheque in South Pasadena.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> The steep and windy hill on El Molino can be a bear after 8 or 10 tacos (on the way back). If you want to mellow out the hill, take Los Robles instead, and cut back over to El Molino when you get to Glenarm.</p>

Submitted by: Zane Crawford

Area: San Gabriel Valley

Rancho Vista area/West Palmdale to East Palmdale
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Take 25th St West/Highland St south to Elizabeth Lake Rd. Elizabeth Lake Rd has a wide outside lane. When you get to 10th St West, cross the street to the Sizzler and go through the parking lot behind Alice Restaurant to where Ave Q begins. Ave Q at this point is wide and very lightly, if at all, traveled. Take Ave Q to 5th St East and turn right. When you cross Palmdale Blvd, 5th St East now has a bike lane. Travel in the 5th St East bike lane to Ave S. Cross the street to the beginning of the Ave S bike path. Go each on Ave S. There are some places where the bike path is discontinuous and you will need to go onto the street.

Submitted by: Michele C.

Area: Lancaster-Palmdale

Rancho Vista to Jane Reynolds Park
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Go north on 30th St West, which has a wide shoulder until you cross Ave L, where the bike lane starts. Turn right onto Ave J-8, which also has a bike lane. After you cross 10th St . West, turn left on Heaton, and then right onto Ave J-4, then left on Fig. To go back, go east on Oldfield to Ave J and catch the Sierra Highway Bike Path back to Palmdale, as 30th St West has no shoulder between Ave M and Ave N on the other side of the road. Take either Ave O to 15th St West and Ave P-8, or go through the Palmdale Transportation Center, then 6th St East, and turn right on Ave Q to Elizabeth Lake Rd.

Submitted by: Michele C.

Area: Lancaster-Palmdale

Red Line North Hollywood to Burbank
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Most maps ommit the fact that the old railroad tracks on along Chandler Blvd. in Burbank have been replaced with a bike path. The path starts one block east of the Red Line North Hollywood station. I get off the path at Hollywood Way but you can take it to Victory Blvd. — almost downtown Burbank.

Tip: As of October 2006 there is some construction work going on between the Red Line station and the start of the bike path. It is possible that they are working on an extension of the path so it may reach the station in the future.

Submitted by: Highland Park

Area: Valley

Roscoe to Ventura via Woodlake (mostly)
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This route parallels Fallbrook Ave. to get you from Roscoe to Ventura Blvd. A small jog along Royer Ave. takes you over two small neighborhood bridges, one just south of Saticoy and the second just south of Sherman Way, trust me, they’re there (zoom way in, in Satellite or Hybrid mode, to see at least one). Much less aggravation than taking Fallbrook all the way.

Submitted by: Dave

Area: Valley

Santa Monica College/Pearl in Santa Monica to the South gate of the Getty
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Here’s a calmer way to get from SMC/Pearl in Santa Monica to the South gate of the Getty (only employees can get up to the museum through this gate and Sepulveda is NOT recommended to complete a Getty museum trip for walking or biking) or Sunset/405. Ride Barrington early in the morning or take the sidewalk in rush hour. The VA shortcut relies on ~300 ft of pedestrian path so please be courteous to the vets and staff! The section from the VA to Church and Beloit is on a pedestrian/bike path which parallels the freeway.

Submitted by: The Fenders

Area: West Side

Santa Monica to Downtown LA
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Submitted by: Todd B.

Area: West Side

Santa Monica to the Palisades
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Submitted by: Mike Schneider

Area: West Side

Santa Monica to West Hollywood
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From my place in downtown Santa Monica to work in WeHo up on the Sunset Strip. This route has a lot of fast moving traffic to deal with on Olympic and Santa Monica, but there’s generally a lot of room on the right side of the road, and the pavement’s not too bad. This route also avoids the steep hills up to sunset, you make a gradual climb through Beverly Hills instead

Submitted by: David Benoff

Area:

Silver Lake to St. Vincent’s Medical Center/MacArther Park Area
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This route is pretty mellow, and even kinda nice most of the way.
You can extend it a little further to MacArther Park if you need to.

Tip: The St. Vincent Hospital salad bar is the best deal in town. $ 2.50 a plate, and you can load it up all you want. Link

Submitted by: Reina

Area: Central LA

Silver Lake/ Echo Park to Culver City
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This route avoids most busy streets between Silver Lake/Echo Park
and Culver City and is faster than driving during rush hour. As others
have mentioned, 4th street is a great east-west route.

Tip:
One tricky spot is Edgemont Place and La Brea, but other than that it’s
smooth riding. You could also jump on to the bike path in Culver City
and go all the way to the beach.

Submitted by: Buck Burns

Area: Central LA

South Santa Monica to UCLA
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 This is my route to work everyday. I tried a bunch of different ways and this the best I’ve come up with. Pearl street (or Ocean Park Blvd) eastbound to Barrington northbound to Ohio eastbound to Westholme northbound. The only really busy street is Barrington, but there is plenty of room. Ohio can be a little narrow in parts, but it’s much better than Wilshire/SM/Olympic. Westholme and Pearl are a joy to ride on.

Submitted by: Jason

Area: West Side

Sun Valley to Downtown Burbank
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Here is a quick little 5-mile ride that I do most mornings. Rather than ride the Metrolink train into Burbank, I get off in Sun Valley and pedal the rest of the way to work. I am usually able to beat the folks I used to walk with from the train station to work. Enjoy!

Submitted by: Cory

Area: Valley

Sunset Junction to Beverly Hills
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I adapted the “echo park to south end of beverly
hills” route for my commute to work. This is the “Sunset Junction to
Beverly Hills / Beverly Center” route. All large streets are crossed at a
light. Lot’s of great houses to look at along the way.

Submitted by: Christopher

Area: Central LA

The Vermont Bypass Bicycle Corridor
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An excellent, quiet safer alternative to using Vermont Avenue from
Los Feliz, through East Hollywood and on to Koreatown, day or night.
Starting north at Los Feliz Blvd, take Edgemont Street straight down
until just past Santa Monica Blvd. Make a left at Willow Brook and a
right at Heliotrope (this route passes by The Bicycle Kitchen). Jog
through Melrose continuing on Heliotrope until Oakwood, turn left and
then turn right on New Hampshire. Take a zig-zag at the light on Beverly
and New Hampshire takes you uninterrupted until San Marino St, then do a
little zigzag and you end up at Olympic.

Tip: Thai,
Armenian, El Salvadoran, Mexican, Guatemalan, Chilean, Filipino,
Bangladeshi, Indian and Korean restaurants – all very affordable – can
be found along or within a 3-block radius of this route. You can’t lose!
This also intersects with Fountain Avenue (the ideal bike corridor
through Hollywood) and the 4th St. bike corridor. Also, when on
Edgemont, head east along the very bike-friendly Lexington and then make
a left on Bates Ave. to get to the Sunset Blvd Bike Lane to Silver
Lake, Echo Park and Downtown.

Submitted by: Militant Angeleno

Area: Central LA

To the South Bay
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 You can get to Inglewood and the South Bay by taking this route. Traffic ranges from 35 to 45 on Angeles Vista and Slauson, which are nice and wide. From there it’s 25-30 and pretty mellow all the way to PCH in Lomita. If you want a longer ride, try taking 7th or 8th ave, instead of Van Ness from Slauson. Look for the green bike route signs and explore. Inglewood has a friendly, and fairly extensive bike route network.

Submitted by: David

Area: South Central LA

UCLA to Silverlake
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Submitted by: ma

Area: West Side

Venice to USCRoute
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Submitted by: Matthew Horne

Area: West Side

WeHo to Beverly Hills
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Heading east on Melrose Ave. Turn Right on N Almont Dr. Left on Santa Monica Blvd (the road is very wide at this portion) Left on N Beverly Blvd. Immediate Right onto Civic Center Dr. Left to stay on Civic Center Drive at dead end. Right on Burton Way/ Little Santa Monica Blvd. Left on Camden Drive.

Submitted by: Julie

Area: West Side

West Adams to Beverly Hills/Cedars Sinai
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This is my work commute. It is subtle uphill towards BH. I take the
same route up and back. It is about 20 min, four miles one way. Getting
across the major streets is the trick; the route is configured to put
crossings of Washington, Venice, Fairfax, LaCienaga, Pico, Olympic,
Wilshire, Clinton, and Burton at (or near in the case of Washington)
stop lights so you can cross with cars running interference for you.
Otherwise it is a fairly quiet ride through residential streets and just
long enough to work up a sweat. Car doors are always a concern but in
general there is plenty of space. It is a popular route for locals going
up and back in cars also, but with all the stop signs the cars cannot
drive very fast. As always you will want a full set of lights after dark
(and even before – a bright dynohub headlight makes a large difference
in how the cars treat me in daytime also). Happy Trails and Safe Riding.

Submitted by: Karl W

Area: Central LA

West LA to Santa Monica
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This is a “I’ve got to get to Santa Monica in a jiffy” sort of route. Sawtelle in between Olympic and Santa Monica is nice for riding, just watch out for car doors. It’s narrow with street parking and no bike lane. Missouri or Mississippi are both great East-West options between the 405 and Bundy… they are mostly residential and divided by only one traffic light. Very nice riding. Broadway is a really nice East-West route through Santa Monica. It is mostly residential with a bike lane all the way except the last 4-5 blocks into Santa Monica.

Submitted by: David Pulsipher

Area: West Side

West Side/Santa Monica to El Segundo Green Line Train Station
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 This is a route from the border of West LA and Santa Monica that ends up at the Green Line train station in El Segundo (at Nash and Mariposa, in particular). This is a route with minimal car traffic and wonderful sights and sounds. It starts with a quick jaunt down Colorado Boulevard towards the beach (or take Broadway which runs parallel for devoted bicycle paths). Instead of going all the way to the pier, take a left on Main Street. Stop for coffee, a bagel, etc. at any number of eateries and drinkeries. Turn right on Ocean Park for a quick, easy entrance to the beach path. The bicycle path offers many wonderful sights and sounds and takes you down to Venice Beach. At Venice Beach, you’ll head up Washington and end up following the bicycle path around the marina in Marina Del Rey. You cross a canal and enter Playa Del Rey. Rather than continuing on the beach path, you’ll follow Pershing behind LAX. Marvel at the big-ass jumbo jets taking off over your head as you travel along a smooth, relatively low-traffic highway with devoted bicycle lanes. Take a left on Imperial Highway and head up to the California Street light. Once there, you’ll have to hop over a couple of curbs to end up on Imperial Ave (which runs parallel to Imperial Highway). Go to Center and follow that to Mariposa. Take Mariposa to the train station at Nash. From there, you can take the train to Redondo Beach (the city, not the actual beach), into South LA, to Norwalk, Long Beach, Downtown, or anywhere the train goes. I use it for a safe, healthy way to get to work in Hawthorne. Not bad, and scenic at that.

Submitted by: Ryan

Area: West Side

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