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Old 10-20-09, 08:12 AM   #1
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UCLA-Santa Monica to the Valley bike commute route?

I've been interested in doing a bike commute all the way from UCLA vicinity up to the Valley, pretty much in a northward route toward Santa Clarita as well as Sylmar.

Can anyone recommend a route through over the mountains into the valley that's safe for cyclists even in busy traffic hours? I did look at the Roscomare route paralleling Sepuvleda,but it's SUPER steep in some parts. (Great for training, not as much for commuting!)

Is Sepulveda the only real option here?
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Old 10-20-09, 08:33 AM   #2
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It's also kind of steep, but I felt that Beverly Glen from Sunset and then down into Studio City was a pretty decent route.
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Sepulveda Blvd. is not a bad way to go. When you get into the valley Sepulveda gets a little busy. You might want to take Burbank Blvd. west to Woodley. Woodley has a bike lane. An alternative would be to take Beverly Drive up through Franklin Park, a great park right in the middle of the hill, then take Mulholland over to Sepulveda and go down Sepulveda.
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Unfortunately that is the most direct route. Why not just take the 797 Commuter express:
http://www.santaclaritatransit.com/Index.aspx?page=3
Or drop a few coins and let the bus take you over the pass. Sepulveda is crazy during rush hour. Depends on how far east you want to go to take the routes mentioned above.
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which part of the valley are you trying to get to?

if you're going to the east valley, franklin canyon drops you right off into coldwater. the only traffic is on the descent.
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sepulveda is definitely the best route from a commuting perspective. It's the least steep and most direct. It's also a "bike route" and there is usually plenty of room in the right lane.
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sepulveda is definitely the best route from a commuting perspective. It's the least steep and most direct. It's also a "bike route" and there is usually plenty of room in the right lane.
Can you clarify which parts of Sepulveda are "bike-friendly" even during rush hour if traveling north from UCLA? I can get to Montana via back streets through the VA, but haven't braved Sepulveda northwards from there since I've been too afraid of cars. If there's space to ride though, I'd do it.

I know that south of Montana, there's no bike lane and limited space with high-speed car traffic. Badness unless it's a weekend and you're with other riders.
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I ride it north of UCLA often... your right that south of Montana, or mainly south of Wilshire, it is not a good route. But north up over and down to the valley it has two lanes and is a designated bike route. Obviously "safe" can mean very different things to different people, but it feels plenty safe for me. Once you're out of the hills and north of Ventura Blvd. I can't really say what to take...

The thing is, if you are really wanting to make this commute you are going to have to deal with a lot of cars. It's LA and there is no way around it... It might takes some time, but eventually you'll feel more and more confident riding in higher traffic areas.
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