Coyote Creek bicycle path

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Creek with path on the left
During dry weather Coyote Creek has just a trickle of water. However, on January 22, 2017 a heavy rain storm passed through southern California. This video shows how water from the storm filled up Coyote Creek.

The Coyote Creek bikeway is a Class 1 bike path in Los Angeles County that runs adjacent to the Coyote Creek flood control channel for approximately 9.5 miles. The bike path is controlled by Caltrans. A portion of the trail (and several access gates) near Interstate 5 was scheduled to be closed through mid-2013.[1] The path begins in Santa Fe Springs on the North fork of the Coyote Creek and extends south into Long Beach where it joins the San Gabriel River bicycle path at the trail bridge just South of Willow street/Katella avenue.

Coyote Creek separates Los Angeles County and Orange County. A curious feature of the bikeway is that the East/West streets that intersect the flood control channel change names as they cross over.

The bikeway is generally devoid of scenery. The northern section of the bikeway passes through industrial neighborhoods consisting of warehouses and light manufacturing. The middle section, from State Route 91 to Ball Road/Wardlow, cuts through residential neighborhoods. There is convenient access to the Cerritos Regional Park, just north of La Palma Avenue/Del Amo Boulevard. The bikeway crosses from the West to the East side of the channel at Centralia Road. The Southern section of the bikeway passes adjacent a collection of zones: light industrial, apartments, schools, etc.

Maintenance[edit]

The flood control channel is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Crossing at I-5 reopened with an improved trail in early June, 2015.

Future plans[edit]

The OCTA Commuter Strategic Bikeways Plan (CSBP) calls for extension of the Coyote Creek Bikeway from Walker Street in La Palma to Imperial Highway and Beach Boulevard in La Habra. Currently the cities of La Habra and La Mirada have opened the northern section of this bikeway from Rosecrans Avenue to Imperial Highway.

Just north of Rosecrans Avenue a bridge has been installed, allowing direct access from Behringer Park in La Mirada.

References[edit]

  • OCTA Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan {8 MB}, Orange County Transportation Authority, 2009.
  • McRea, Heather; "Our Town: La Habra Bike Plans"; Orange County Register, 9 June 2005.
  • Sprague, Mike; "Bike riders behind dual-city trail for two miles along Coyote Creek"; Whittier Daily News; 6 June 2005.
  1. ^ "Caltrans Commuter Alert" (PDF). CalTrans. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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