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Location: Los Angeles, CA
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If your girlfriend's new job is literally downtown and she won't need to be driving from client to client, I highly suggest looking into Pasadena. It's a relaxing 30 minute ride to downtown on the light rail. When I lived in Pasadena, I used the light rail any time I needed to go downtown (jury duty, museums, performances, visits to my work's headquarters, etc.). I still do, actually, but I only moved to the San Fernando Valley to be close to the family and free babysitting. It's otherwise a 15-30 minute ride through dull city to get to anywhere worth riding.
For you, it's at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains with plenty of beautiful, low traffic routes to ride. It's also where the Montrose Ride takes place every Saturday, covering 30-45 miles at a pace of about 25-30 mph.
Even with a car, it's not too bad of a commute, but she will spend about 30-60 minutes in poky traffic each way. If that's too much, look into places in and around Los Feliz.
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