Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Bikes: A road bike and a tandem road bike
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This past Saturday I rode the route described in my original post (above), except I exited the SART at Orangewood, went west, then turned south on Lewis and west on Lampson. Here are some of my observations from the beginning of the ride in Corona to the end in Stanton.
In central Corona, Main St and W Grand Ave have no room on the right for bikes. I rode on a holiday Saturday afternoon, and I occupied about 1/3 of the lane (so drivers changed lanes to get around me). The traffic was very light, only four or five cars passed me, and I had no trouble. On a busy day, with rush hour traffic, it probably would have been scary enough to send me to the sidewalk, and that's pretty scary. On the west side of Corona, Frontage Rd is also very narrow and has no sidewalk. These tight spots accounted for maybe 1/4 of the Corona segment of my ride. The other 3/4 of the Corona roads had bike lanes or were plenty wide. In fact, they were pretty nice!
After entering the SART, there is a portion that runs along La Palma Ave for a couple of miles. I had no trouble getting there, but I got a little lost looking for the trail that leads back toward the river. It was no big deal, and anyone familiar with the area should not have any trouble.
After riding for several miles along the SART, I took the Orangewood exit and turned west. At first the road is wide enough for bikes on the right, but as it approaches the 5 Fwy overpass, it changes to three lanes in each direction, and there isn't much room. Again, I was riding on a quiet afternoon, so it wasn't a big deal, but during rush hour I expect it would have been pretty scary. Once I was on Lewis and then Lampson, the ride was nice, except by that time I was pretty worn out!
33.2 miles / 1:39 total time / 20mph average / 40 mph top speed - all very good for me!
Last edited by mwandaw; 11-28-11 at 12:27 PM.