List of Los Angeles bike paths

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California Bike Paths are explicitly defined in Chapter 1000 of the Highway Design Manual (HDM) published by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Class I Bike Lanes are completely separate from traffic,[1] Class II Bike Lanes are on-street marked bike lanes and Class III Bike Routes are a street with signs denoting that it is a bicycle route; the street may also have sharrows.

Los Angeles County's bike paths are uncovered by any warranties as to fitness for safe cycling. This is in direct contrast to ordinary city streets. There are two pieces of case law which establish this clearly, one of them being Prokop v. City of Los Angeles.[2]

It is legal in Los Angeles to ride on sidewalks as long as riders do not show "wanton disregard" for the safety of other sidewalk users.[3] In California, when mounted and riding on the road, cyclists are required to "behave like vehicles" when it comes to obeying signals, signage, and lane restrictions.[4]

Paths[edit]

  • 98th Street bicycle path — runs from Avalon Boulevard to Clovis Avenue along 98th Street in South Los Angeles. Bike Path ID: 1. Mileage: 0.52.[5]
  • Arroyo Seco bicycle path — runs in the Arroyo Seco river channel, from Montecito Heights, Los Angeles to South Pasadena. Bike Path ID: 5. Mileage: 2.27.[5]
  • Balboa Boulevard East bicycle path — runs along Balboa Boulevard, from Victory Boulevard to Burbank Boulevard, in Encino, Los Angeles. Bike Path ID: 1818. Mileage: 1.[5]
  • Ballona Creek bicycle path — runs along Ballona Creek in the Westside Los Angeles area. The LA city-owned segment of this bicycle path is in two sections. The easternmost section of the bike path runs from the LA/Culver City border to 62nd Street in the northwestern Baldwin Hills area, (Bike Path ID: 1832, Mileage: 0.23) and is 0.23 miles long.[5] The western section maintained by LADOT runs from Lincoln Boulevard in Playa Vista to Sepulveda Boulevard at the border of Culver City (Bike Path ID: 9, Mileage: 2.49).[5] This bicycle path continues east several miles into Culver City, and ends at the Metro Green Line La Cienega/Jefferson station. The westernmost extension of this bicycle path is via roads in Marina Del Rey and Playa del Rey, connecting to the Dockweiler State Beach bicycle path, which is part of the 22-mile coastal Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
  • Browns Creek Bike Trail — runs along Browns Canyon Wash from 314' south of Rinaldi Street to Devonshire Street in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Bike Path ID: 1830. Mileage: 0.91.[5]
  • Burbank Boulevard bicycle path — runs in the Sepulveda Basin park, from Balboa Boulevard to 727' west of I-405, near the Encino Golf Course. Bike Path ID: 12. Mileage: 2.37.[5]
  • Burbank Channel bicycle path — located in Burbank with two segments: Cohasset Street to Tulare Avenue (0.3 mi), and Buena Vista St. to Jackson Street (0.6 mi).[6]
  • Cabrillo Beach bicycle path — runs in San Pedro, from Oliver Vickery Circle Way to the end of the jetty at Cabrillo Beach Park. Bike Path ID: 13. Mileage: 0.38.[5]
  • Canterbury Avenue bicycle path — runs from Chase Street to Reedly Street along Canterbury Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. Bike Path ID: 14. Mileage: 0.52.[5]
  • Chandler Boulevard bicycle path — on Chandler Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. The LADOT-maintained portion runs from Vineland Avenue to Clybourn Avenue in North Hollywood (Bike path ID: 18. Mileage: 0.8).[5] The bike path, which changes names to Chandler Bikeway, continues 1.91 miles in Burbank from Clybourn Avenue to Mariposa Street.[7]
  • Compton Creek bicycle path — runs along Compton Creek in Compton almost six miles. It extends from El Segundo Boulevard east of N. Pamelee Avenue to Del Amo Boulevard near the Del Amo Boulevard Blue Line station.[8]
  • Coyote Creek bicycle path — runs along Coyote Creek, on the Orange County border to Long Beach. Maintained by CalTrans.[9]
  • Culver Boulevard Median bicycle path — runs from McConnell Avenue to Sawtelle Boulevard in Culver City. Bike Path ID: 20. Mileage: 1.4.[5]
  • Devonshire Street bicycle path — Runs from Woodman Avenue to Arleta Avenue. Bike Path ID: 21. Mileage: 0.5.[5]
  • Dominguez Channel bicycle path/Laguna Dominguez bicycle trail — runs along the Dominguez Channel, and is partially maintained by the city of Los Angeles and partially maintained by the county of Los Angeles. The city-maintained portion runs from .03 miles west of Vermont Avenue to West 190th Street along Dominguez Channel in Gardena. Bike Path ID: 23. Mileage: 0.79.[5] The county-maintained portion continues for 2.7 miles along the Dominguez Channel.[10]
  • Duarte bicycle path — located in Duarte, this 1.6 mile long trail was created by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.[11]
  • El Dorado Park Bike Path — located in El Dorado Park in Long Beach. The 4 mile long connects with the San Gabriel River Bike Trail.[12]
  • Expo Bikeway — runs parallel to the Expo Line for ~15 miles, from University Park and USC to Santa Monica.
  • Hansen Dam bicycle path — runs along Hansen Dam in the northeastern San Fernando Valley. Bike Path ID: 28. Mileage: 2.27.[5]
  • Harbor Park bicycle path — runs from Gaffey Street to Harbor Park in San Pedro. Bike Path ID: 29. Mileage: 0.38.[5]
  • Heartwell Park Bike Path — runs through Heartwell Park in Long Beach, and is 2.5 miles long. It connects with the San Gabriel River Bike Trail.[12]
  • Imperial Highway bicycle path — runs along the westbound side of the Imperial Highway, from 200' east of Hillcrest Avenue to 200 feet east of Pershing Drive, adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport. Bike Path ID: 33. Mileage: 0.25.[5]
  • La Cañada Verde Creek Bicycle Path — a short bike path in Whittier, running 0.1 miles along the south side of La Cañada Verde Creek from Mulberry Street to Broadway.[13]
  • Los Angeles River Bicycle Path — runs along parts of the Los Angeles River, in separate sections currently. One runs . Another runs in the Glendale Narrows from Riverside Drive at Zoo Drive in Griffith Park to Elysian Valley in Los Angeles. (Bike Path ID: 1905, Mileage: 4.5).[5] The path has recently been extended south to Elysian Valley, just north of downtown Los Angeles, for a full length of 7.4 miles.[14] NBC Universal has agreed to pay $13.5 million in order to have an additional 6.4 miles of the L.A. River bicycle path built, from its current northern Glendale Narrows terminus in Burbank to Whitsett Avenue in Studio City.[15]
  • Los Angeles River Bikeway — also known as the Los Angeles River bicycle path or by its acronym LARIO. It runs along the lower the Los Angeles River from Vernon downstream to the Downtown Marina Long Beach and its mouth. It is 29.1 miles long and runs along the east side of the Los Angeles River.[12]
  • Lake Los Angeles bike path — located at Lake Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, it runs along 170th St. East. for 2.7 miles between Avenue M-8 and Avenue P. A spur runs 0.5 miles along Avenue O from 170th St. East to 165th St. East.[16]
  • Legg Lake bicycle path — located in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, California.[17]
  • Marvin Braude Bike Trail — a 22-mile long bike trail along the Pacific Ocean shoreline of western Los Angeles County, from Pacific Palisades south to Torrance. Sections of the bike trail are managed by a wide variety of municipal authorities and have several different names.[18]
    Sections, listed north to south and managed by a variety of municipal authorities, include:
  • Metro Orange Line bicycle path — runs in 2 sections, parallel to the original Los Angeles Metro Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley. The west path section runs from White Oak Avenue to the Canoga Metro station in Canoga Park. Bike Path ID: 41. Mileage: 4.66. The east path section runs from Haskell Avenue to Leghorn Avenue. Bike Path ID: 40. Mileage: 3.84.[5]
  • Oxnard Street bicycle path — runs from White Oak Avenue to Balboa Boulevard along Oxnard Street in Encino. Bike Path ID: 44. Mileage: 1.08.[5]
  • Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail — running from Claremont in eastern Los Angeles County, for 18 miles, to Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana in San Bernardino County.[19] The final eastern segment, extending through Rialto, will bring the length of the trail to 21 miles.[20]
  • Palos Verdes Drive bicycle path — runs on Palos Verdes Drive, from South Western Avenue to Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Bike Path ID: 50. Mileage: 0.8.[5]
  • Plummer Street bicycle path — runs on Plummer Street in Chatsworth, from Shoup Avenue to Hunt Club Lane . Bike Path ID: 52. Mileage: 0.41.
  • Puddingstone Reservoir bicycle path — in Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, located in San Dimas, and ~8 miles long.[21][22]
  • Rio Hondo bicycle path — runs along the Rio Hondo (California)|Rio Hondo]], from near North Peck Road in El Monte, through the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, to the eastern bank's section of the Los Angeles River bicycle path. It also connects with the San Gabriel River bicycle path.[23]
  • Sale Avenue bicycle path — runs on Sale Avenue in Woodland Hills, from Oxnard Street to Calvert Street, in the western San Fernando Valley. Bike Path ID: 53. Mileage: 0.14.[5]
  • San Gabriel River bicycle path — runs alongside the San Gabriel River for 28 miles, between Azusa in the Pomona Valley and Long Beach, where it runs through El Dorado Park to end at the Alamitos Bay Marina near the Shoreline Pedestrian Bikepath.[23]
  • San Francisquito Trail — a 4.36-mile trail in Santa Clarita between Newhall Ranch Road and Brook Road at the Decoro Drive Bridge.[24] This trail connects to the Santa Clara River Trail.
  • San Fernando Road bicycle path — runs along the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line route and San Fernando Road. Phase 1 runs from Roxford Street to Hubbard Street in the northeastern San Fernando Valley. Bike Path ID: 55. Mileage: 1.91.[5] There is a bike path connecting Hubbard Street to Wolfskill Street. Phase 2 opened in 2014 from Wolfskill Street to Branford Street. Mileage: 2.75.[25] When completed, the bicycle path will run to Cohasset Drive in Burbank to connect with the Burbank–Bob Hope Airport station.[26]
  • San Jose Creek bike path — along San Jose Creek in the City of Industry, for 2.1 miles from 7th Avenue to Workman Mill Road.[13] Whittier plans to extend this path by 15.6 miles.[27]
  • Santa Anita Wash Bicycle Path — along the Santa Anita Wash for 1 mile, from Live Oak Avenue to the east side of the spillway of Peck Road Water Conservation. It connects to the Rio Hondo bicycle path.[13]
  • Santa Clara River Trail — also known as the Chuck Pontius Commuter Rail Trail. Located along the upper Santa Clara River in Santa Clarita, running 7.29 miles from Soledad Canyon Road & Deep Creek Drive to Valencia Boulevard Bridge south of Auto Center Court.[28] This trail connects to the San Francisquito Trail.
  • Shoreline Pedestrian Bikepath — located in Long Beach. The 3.1 mile long bike path is between Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east.[12]
  • Sierra Highway Bike Path — runs 7.1 miles in the Antelope Valley, from East Avenue J in Lancaster south to Easy Avenue Q7 in Palmdale.[29]
  • South Fork Trail — in Santa Clarita, California, connects to both the Santa Clara River Trail and the San Francisquito Trail. It is 8.32 miles long and runs from the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Ave Entranta to west of McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway.[30]
  • Thompson Creek trail — runs along Thompson Creek in Claremont for 2.8 miles. Access points include Base Line Road, Higginbotham Park, North Indian Hill Boulevard, and Pomello Drive. The park has a parking lot located on North Indian Hill Boulevard across from La Puerta Sports Park.[31]
  • Tujunga Wash bicycle path — runs in North Hollywood from Oxnard Street to Burbank Boulevard in the eastern San Fernando Valley. Bike Path ID: 56. Mileage: 0.52.
  • Victory Boulevard bicycle path — beside Victory Boulevard in Encino from White Oak Avenue to the San Diego Freeway (405 Freeway) . Bike Path ID: 62. Mileage: 2.64.[5]
  • Watts Towers Crescent Greenway — a paved 0.2 miles long trail in Watts near the Watts Towers. It is on Willowbrook just north of 108th Avenue.[32]
  • Whittier Greenway Trail — parallel to Whittier Boulevard in Whittier, between Mills Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard near I-605. It is currently 4.7 miles long, but plans exist to extend it east to the border of Orange County.[33]
  • Woodley Avenue bicycle path — on Woodley Avenue in Sepulveda Basin park, from Burbank Boulevard to Victory Boulevard . Bike Path ID: 66. Mileage: 1.28.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Calilfornia Department of Transportation, Highway Design Manual 2012. Chapter 1000: Bicycle Transportation Design. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/pdf/english/chp1000.pdf
  2. ^ "City Has Absolute Immunity From Liability For Injuries Suffered On City Bike Path". Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bicycles & The Law". Bike Blog. Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ California Driver Handbook
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Bicycle Maps". LADOT Bicycle Services. Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bicycle Master Plan". City of Burbank. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chandler Bikeway Burbank". Friends of Chandler Bikeway. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Biking: Compton Creek Paths". KCET. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bikeways Map". Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Projects". County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Duarte Bike Trail (Duarte Multipurpose Trail)". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "City of Long Beach Bike Paths". Parks, Recreation and Marine. City of Long Beach. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Bicycle Master Plan" (PDF). County of Los Angeles. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Los Angeles River". Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Jao, Carren. "NBCUniversal Puts $13.5 Million Toward L.A. River Bikeway". KCET. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bicycle Master Plan" (PDF). County of Los Angeles. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Whittier Narrows Recreation Area". County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Marvin Braude Coastal Trail Bike Map" (PDF). Marina Del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Trail Features and Improvements". City of Rancho Cucamonga. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail". City of Rancho Cucamonga. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bicycle Around Puddingstone Reservoir". Weekend Sherpa. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Puddingstone Reservoir". Los Angeles Bike Paths. Scott Hendison. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Bikeways map". Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "San Francisquito Trail". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. 
  25. ^ "San Fernando Road Bike Path: Phase 2 Now Open!". LADOT Bike Blog. LADOT. 
  26. ^ "PROJECT TRAIL:San Fernando Road Metrolink Bike Path". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "More bike lanes, paths planned for county; three key projects planned for San Gabriel Valley". Whittier Daily News. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "TrailLink". Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Sierra Highway Bike Path". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "South Fork Trail". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "Parks". City of Claremont. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Watts Towers Crescent Greenway". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  33. ^ "Whittier Greenway Trail". TrailLink. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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