Assault on Ballona Creek last night (1/2/2013) ~6pm
At the entrance to Ballona Creek path on Inglewood last night I came across a police car and two rather shaken looking riders. They were ok but one of them had just gotten jumped by two men. I didn't get the full story, but I think the second cyclist came along and scared them, which may also explain why I saw one bike not two. If you folks are on here I wish you well.
I've been doing the bicycle commute for 1.5 months now, and am trying to decide how I should deal with this. I know this path has a bad history, but I was under the impression that things had been better lately. The path gives me a nice direct route from work to the Expo line, so I am trying to decide if I should continue using it, or trade the dangers of thugs with the dangers of a street route.
I am a newbie, so I would appreciate any advice from more seasoned riders here.