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Old 01-06-07, 07:48 PM   #1
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Rooting for Ballona Creek bike path

I have been riding on Ballona Creek for several years now, from Culver City to Marina del Rey, every single day, day and night, light and dark... I have never had any problems, other than occasional fallen tree branches and floods during very heavy rain (happened only last year).
IMO, Ballona Creek is an underutilized bike path. Most people are concerned with the projects west of Centinela, I have never had any problems. On my 14-mile round trip daily commute to work, I enjoy exercising on the relatively easy bike path, I watch the Canadian geese, ducks and the Pelicans chillin' like Bob Dylan by the creek, while cagers suffer in nasty LA traffic.
If you live or work in the area, I strongly suggest that you give Ballona a shot. I started with 1-2 days a week, now I'm hooked!
http://www.labikepaths.com/Ballona.html
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Old 06-06-07, 12:28 PM   #2
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Yeah I just got my bike about 2 weeks ago and I commute from Culver City to Playa Del Rey (Centinella). I'm hooked too. It feels very special, the fact that it's not at all crowded, no lights and quiet - rockin' your ipod. I'm trying to keep up a schedule of 3-4 days a week, especially since parking is a pain at my office. The best part, using your car after 4 days and seeing all that gas still in there ;-)
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Old 06-06-07, 11:57 PM   #3
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I too get a lot of use out of that path, typically taking it most weekends on my way to PV. Path is not the most scenic, and its a bit washboardy in places (along the rowing channel, for instance), but it is a straight shot free of curves and traffic, and that counts for a lot.

I've also never had a problem on the path, despite it going through a sketchy area. However, last Saturday afternoon on the path, at the point where it goes under the Marina Freeway, there were a group of folks handing out flyers. Apparently, on Saturday May 19, 2007, between 4-5:30 pm, a man named Scott was seriously injured on the trail. It is unknown whether he was attacked or had an accident, but his friends think he was attacked. From what they told me, according to the paramedics, he was found unconscious on the bike path. The back of his head was crushed, but there were really no other marks on him (seeming to rule out a crash.) His bike, wallet, and other effects were still with him. He is still in a coma.

If anybody was on the path and saw anything (suspicious people, etc.), they are asking that you email Scott_info1@yahoo.com. Again, he was attacked/injured on the Ballona Path underneath the 90-Marina Freeway near McConnell Ave.

Be safe out there.
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Old 06-07-07, 12:42 AM   #4
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Wow! I rode through there that morning. Early afternoon is a fairly busy time of day on weekends, I'd think there would be lots of people throught that part of the path then. I hope the guy recovers completely.
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I was there this morning. Met a group ride going to PV.
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I ride it all the time, though I avoid it on weekdays between 2-4pm. The kids from Culver High and MDR Junior High tend to congregate on the path after they get out of school. You gotta slow way down near them since they act like the path is a sidewalk and are not looking out for cyclists. I have had a few close calls.

Other than that, I really like Ballona.
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Gizem, when you say "rooting" for Ballona, I'm curious as to why one would need to. I've not heard anything bad about it except that it is underutilized (as if that is a bad thing!) Anytime I've been on it (early morning to late afternoon) it has been mostly empty and very nice. I rode the LA River bike path by GP this morning and that one I wouldn't ride at night alone, but even still I wouldn't knock it. I guess I'm talking to folks not in the know, but I've not ever known of BC being the under dog in terms of bike paths.
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Old 06-07-07, 09:54 PM   #8
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i ride it all the time. i go from my house near the marina to the paths end a block from work in CC. it's also my warm up stretch going to the beach when i do longer rides south. i saw a fox(an actual ratty red fox) one day along ballona, something i've never seen in all my years of growing up in l.a.
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When I visit my parents iin L.A. I usually end up riding Balona Creek. Pretty urban and unpicturesqe, but no stop lights make it worth while.
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Love ballona creek path as well (rode there this morning). The main issue I've seen show up sporadically are some random gang activity where kids attack solo riders. Because it's isolated it sort of makes that type of activity easy.

Not trying to scare anyone off (as this happens rarely) but best to err on the side of safety. Carry a cel phone are report any suspicious acitvity.
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Jslopez,
Was that you I passed on Ballona bike path this morning, around 6-7am?
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I guess it's time to buy pepper spray then? Anyhow, I've been enjoying my commute through the path. It's become meditation time for me. Where else in LA can you commute to work in peace, without the thought of cars and traffic?!? I love looking back at the 405 when I pass it - like 2 different worlds.
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I too get a lot of use out of that path, typically taking it most weekends on my way to PV. Path is not the most scenic, and its a bit washboardy in places (along the rowing channel, for instance), but it is a straight shot free of curves and traffic, and that counts for a lot.

I've also never had a problem on the path, despite it going through a sketchy area. However, last Saturday afternoon on the path, at the point where it goes under the Marina Freeway, there were a group of folks handing out flyers. Apparently, on Saturday May 19, 2007, between 4-5:30 pm, a man named Scott was seriously injured on the trail. It is unknown whether he was attacked or had an accident, but his friends think he was attacked. From what they told me, according to the paramedics, he was found unconscious on the bike path. The back of his head was crushed, but there were really no other marks on him (seeming to rule out a crash.) His bike, wallet, and other effects were still with him. He is still in a coma.

If anybody was on the path and saw anything (suspicious people, etc.), they are asking that you email Scott_info1@yahoo.com. Again, he was attacked/injured on the Ballona Path underneath the 90-Marina Freeway near McConnell Ave.

Be safe out there.
Damn, that really, really sucks!!
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