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    Long beach bike trails safe ??????

    This is actually my first post on this forum after browsing and reading the forums here. I just got a road bike custom build and was going to start riding the bike trail that runs from my area downey / south gate to long beach and back. I've been reading alot of threads in socal where riders have got attacked and robbed for the bike in the trails and was a bit concerned about this. Being that I don't at this time have any riding partners is the long beach bike trail say safe to travel solo with a expensive road bike. I want to stay off surface streets till I get use to riding but on the flip side I don't want to have a run-in with a scumbag trying to rob me for my bike and or getting attacked. Anyone ride that trail and can shed some light on the trail and or safety? Also for anyone who has had a close call what did you learn to look out for while riding? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.......Ed

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    I'm not sure about the 710 bike path but the SGRT was fine last Saturday when I rode it... there are generally tons of bikers and joggers during daylight hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I'm not sure about the 710 bike path but the SGRT was fine last Saturday when I rode it... there are generally tons of bikers and joggers during daylight hours.
    Agreed! IMO, during the day the SGRT "feels" safer than the SART, probably because it goes by many parks and there's a horse trail and properties nearby. I would say that the only sketchy part would be the tunnel under Whittier Blvd, but you can simple bypass that and cross the Blvd, your choice. I have ridden the 710 bike path a few times and in many ways the condition of the path is actually better than both the SGRT and the SARTs. This path too has a few parks. However, not so many cyclists, probably because it goes right down the center of an area made notorious by rap music. Stay off these paths at sundown though, picture a scene from "Thriller"

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    I take the 710 bike path from Del Amo to the Queen Mary from time to time on weekend runs. It gets a little "weird" closer to the ocean but nothing too bad. I have seen a bunch of folks out there enjoying their day. From hauling butt roadies to families cruising along with their kids. North of Del Amo I couldn't say though.

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    It's safe bro. I've ridden it various times, solo and with my girlfriend. A lot of people use the trail to run and ride. It's fun. There are lots of homeless who live under the freeways, but it's no worry police always patrol the area

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    Thanks for the replies guys I'm just cautious of knuckleheads trying to steal someones bike and it's no secret some of us have very expensive bikes. I guess I'll ride cautious and check it out myself and when I do try to at least stay in view of another cyclist or jogger.

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    I suppose it depends on the day, but I have never had a problem on the SGRT or the LARIO (LA River/Rio Hondo) or SART. The SGRT has that necklace of parks for support (we like Liberty in Cerritos as a trailhead). The LARIO has fewer parks, but is a better trail from a design viewpoint (wider, flowering vines, etc.) .

    There is a homeless encampment on the river a few miles above Long Beach Harbor. It does not seem to be a problem with riders.

    Here is a map, photo set and survey information...

    http://www.traillink.com/trail/lario-trail.aspx

    If you check out dregerclock's channel on YouTube, you can find some vids of both trails and more and check them out at home.

    Crime-wise the recent action has been on the SART. The same MO - pack of thugs toss beater bike to bring down rider - was popular on the Bellona Creek Trail some years back at the 405 underpass. Be alert of groups of louts and a beater bike ahead. I carry binoculars to glass the underpasses and trail when needed, but I ride a trike and can do that.

    I would not be on any of these trails when the sun is setting. We are not talking Irvine here. The trails traverse regions of Not Good Addresses.
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    I ride LARIO from Downey down to the end and back on weekend mornings and mid week around 5ish and (knock on wood) never had a problem. Like it's been said, lots of homeless at the end by Ocean but that's about it.
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    About a week ago met a guy at the lighthouse from downey who rides his pristine DeRosa down the Rio Hondo to LA River to ShoreLine and back. He has not had any problems. I have riden this path since 2009 riding in the am, midday or evening with no problems. I ride solo.

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    Thanks for the continued replies gentlemen. I'm actually planning on a ride down the LBBT soon but I'm new to cycling and I'm finding out how exhausting and PAINFULL cycling can be for a newbie. I don't think I'll make the ride from Downey to the Marina just yet but I will definately keep an eye out and if you see my unique bike in the trail say hello......

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