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Old 08-04-08, 03:13 PM   #1
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Commuting Pasadena->Burbank

Looking to find the safest route with the least amount of traffic! I'd rather make the trip longer and safer as opposed to shorter and thry heavy traffic areas. I live near Orange Grove and Lake and my new (!) office is where Olive and Buena Vista in Burbank.


I really don't ride west of where i live very much, I tend to do most of my riding at Boneli, on the SGRT and around Rose Bowl Rose Bowl. So I really have no idea what would be a good way.

thanks everyone.
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Old 08-04-08, 04:02 PM   #2
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If I was in a hurry to get there I would start this way (more traffic, less climbing, direct):

Colorado Blvd
R Broadway
R Verdugo
Left Glen Oaks
(continued below)

If I had time, I would start this way (more climbing, less traffic, not as direct):

Lida (From Linda Vista)
L Chevy Chase
R Glen Oaks



both routes are the same from here

R Rossmoyne
L Mountain
R Maryland
L Kenneth
L Sonora
Continue Riverside
R Buena Vista
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Yeah, you'll enjoy jpconrad's route (especially Mountain... through Riverside). It's very pleasant riding. Buena Vista gets busy since there are freeway ramps there, but no worries: the hospital is close by!
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Old 08-04-08, 11:20 PM   #4
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Yes it is! I don't think he has to go long on Buena Vista, I'm sure he could take another street once he's in that area.
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JP's routes are both great. Here's another "if you have time" option that has a little more climbing, and a nice, long descent along Camino San Rafael:

Lida (From Linda Vista)
R Figueroa
(turns into) Chevy Chase (North)
L Inverness
L Berwick
R Hampstead
L Sherwood
R Kirkham
R Chadney
(turns into) Flintridge Dr
(turns into) Camino San Rafael
(turns into) Mountain

...then continue on Mountain along the route JP describes:

R Maryland
L Kenneth
L Sonora
Continue Riverside
R Buena Vista
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Old 08-05-08, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I think jp's route would be awesome! Now I just have to figure out some sort of shower thing, the Lida climb makes me sweaty. I rode this morning at the Rose Bowl ,did a few laps and just up the art center. Oversleept so a short 40 minute ride today was all I had time for I am a member at the Aquatic center so I just shower there, then drive to work, makes life easy.

Oh! One other thing, on my drive into work I saw people on a bike path running parallel to the 134 Freeway West Bound?!?! What is that path and how do I get on it?!



jp is partially right. I don't have to be on BV that long but I am a she
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Near the end, I would turn right from Riverside onto Keystone instead of Buena Vista. You will find no traffic at all on Keystone. Then make a left onto Oak and you'll be at B.V. in a few blocks.

The bike path you saw sounds like the LA River. It's only beside the 134 for a short distance west of I-5.
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Thanks everyone! I think jp's route would be awesome! Now I just have to figure out some sort of shower thing, the Lida climb makes me sweaty. I rode this morning at the Rose Bowl ,did a few laps and just up the art center. Oversleept so a short 40 minute ride today was all I had time for I am a member at the Aquatic center so I just shower there, then drive to work, makes life easy.

Oh! One other thing, on my drive into work I saw people on a bike path running parallel to the 134 Freeway West Bound?!?! What is that path and how do I get on it?!



jp is partially right. I don't have to be on BV that long but I am a she
Oops, sorry about that!

When were you at the bowl today? I was riding around it this morning myself.

The bike path along the 134, are you talking about near the 5?
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I was there about 6:45am. White Craft jersey, black shorts, grey helmet. Small Cannondale

Yes! that is the path I'm talking about!!! I didn't know the LA River Path took you so far west. Man I need to get out more.

Now that I'm not commuting across town I want to ride more during the week. I'm interested in Griffith Park and stuff like that. Previously I had been working over on the west side so did all my riding on the weekends and mostly the climbing variety

I think I might try one routes this weekend, so I can gauge how long it willt ake me and how um, gross I will be! can't be late for work AND in need of a shower.

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That part of the LA River Path is pretty short and doesn't connect to the Long Beach portion.

I was there at the more reasonable time of 8:30 today, so I'm sure you were gone already.
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That part of the LA River Path is pretty short and doesn't connect to the Long Beach portion.

I was there at the more reasonable time of 8:30 today, so I'm sure you were gone already.

I have to be at work at 8:30 and I don't get off until 7:30 or I would so be at GP riding!


Bummer about the path
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Yeah, it would be nice if they'd ever get around to extending it.

8:30 to 7:30? Wow, long hours.
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JPConrad's "quick" route is basically my commute home in reverse when I don't feel like climbing La Tuna (except I start in Sun Valley and take Glenoaks to Kenneth). Drivers aren't very nice on Colorado and buzz me more there than anywhere else (including the infamous La Tuna), but it's mostly just an annoyance. If you can make the time, Lida and Chevy Chase are much nicer both for the scenery and for the traffic.

I need to figure out how to avoid the flooded Paris-Roubaix on Tuxford now that my work has moved (hint, that's a plea for suggestions from John, Will, or anyone else who knows the area).
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Hey, maybe I'll see you on your commute some time. I'm always riding the burbank hills area late afternoon. White/red allez, white helmet.
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I'll keep an eye out. I'm on a white/blue Tsunami with a white helmet and usually a blue jersey or a yellow/black Encino Velodrome jersey. I usually take the La Tuna route instead of Burbank, though. Burbank/Glendale is for when I don't feel up to climbing that day.
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