With an average temperature of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit all year round, Los Angeles almost always has perfect riding weather. The sprawling metropolis, made up of 88 different cities all with diverse bikeway options, might seem overwhelming when you’re looking for the perfect place to ride. To help, we took the guesswork out of planning and put together a list of the top five best bike rides in LA. Before you head off riding into the Santa Monica sunset, be sure to keep your head safe with a cool bike helmet.
THE BEST BIKE RIDES IN LOS ANGELES
- LA River Bike Path
- Marvin Braude Bike Trail (The Strand)
- Los Angeles State Historic Park
- Ballona Creek Bike Path
- Mandeville Canyon Road
LA RIVER BIKE PATH
You might be surprised that dedicated highways for cycling, skateboards and mountain bikes exist in car-centric Los Angeles, but they do – and this is one of them. While the entire paved Los Angeles River Trail, removed from LA’s infamous traffic, is a good 23.9 miles, there’s a chill 7.2-mile bike path that takes you from Griffith Park to Elysian Park (or vice versa). Break up the journey with a quick drink and a bite at Spoke Bicycle Cafe in Frogtown situated just off the path. There’s a bike repair shop and they offer rentals if you need a bicycle for the day.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail (aka The Strand) is a path that spans the California coastline for 21 miles from Torrance County Beach to Will Rogers State Beach. Here you’ll find bike lanes alongside the run path for those anxious to see the coast on wheels (skateboard, anyone?). What could be better than riding along a smooth cement bikeway that winds you along the ocean? With so many places to stop in between, and the temptation to take a dip in the Pacific, The Strand is idyllic LA.
LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK
Nearby Chinatown you’ll find Los Angeles State Historic Park, a 32-acre open space area great for walking, cycling, running and picnicking, with a casual 1.2-mile loop. We added it to our list because you can make an afternoon of it, and it’s accessible by public transportation at Union Station. While you’re there, check out the public art scattered around the park.
BALLONA CREEK BIKE PATH
Ballona Creek Bike Path is a 7.4-mile paved bike path sans cars that takes you from Culver City straight to the beach at Playa del Rey. It starts at Syd Kronenthal Park, but you might consider getting on at Duquesne Avenue to dodge the first mile of bumps and poor pavement conditions instead. Riders on this bikeway enjoy the calm ocean breeze in the afternoons and take in the beauty and wildlife of the wetlands.
MANDEVILLE CANYON ROAD
If you’re looking for a challenge, look no further. Mandeville Canyon Road in Brentwood is a 5-mile winding out-and-back with a 1,000-foot elevation gain. (We’re sweating already.) Known around town as the longest dead-end road, you’ll start on Sunset Boulevard at Mandeville and ride your road bike or mountain bike all the way up, up, up. The best part? You’ll share the road with few to no cars or other people.
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