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Old 03-14-13, 03:03 PM   #1
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Ballona Canyon Bike Trail Questions

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Gonna ride this for the first time on Sunday and have a couple of questions:

1) Are the overpasses labeled as far as what street it is crossing?
2) Does it end at North/East at National like the Google map says it does?

Any warnings, issues, points of interest i should look for?

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Old 03-14-13, 06:14 PM   #2
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If you are referring to Ballona Creek bike path, in Los Angeles--
I believe every street crossing has a sign, but i am not sure. At least some of them do. If you dont see a sign you can always exit the ramp to street level and see where you are. It isnt so hard to do. The most northern exit/on ramp to the path that is open, as far as i know is at the park in Culver City which is near Jefferson Blvd and National Blvd (probably what you see on google map.) Another map of use is the City of LA bike route map which is accesible as a pdf from metro.net and also available at any METRO office in the City (and at often at some bike stores or coops if you happen to be in the area of any.)

I view it as a commuter type route. Not very scenic or interesting. Just a way to get from Culver City to the coast, alternative to the streets. I think the entire path is about 9 miles. The only warning I would give is dont do it after sundown, as there are no lights and is very dark. I have read on this forum of occasional incidents ie thefts muggings but this is not nearly as prevalent as the reports on this forum about crimes on SART. I have never had any bad experiences on Ballona, other than some hazards such as joggers with dogs on long leashes, teens on motorized bikes, bikers on the wrong side or riding side by side or inattentive, same as on any sort of MUP type path. The big point of interest is take it to the end west and then you are at the coast and connected to the coast bike path.
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Old 03-14-13, 06:43 PM   #3
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Thank you. Yes. Ballona Creek is it.

We're riding the Marathon Crash Ride Sunday morning and want to ride down the coast a ways, around the marina then up the BC path.

Hopefully it'll be pretty quite around 8am on Sunday.

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Old 03-14-13, 06:51 PM   #4
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Do you mean Ballona Creek?

The official bike path ends at National, you can continue on along the embankment, however, it's best done on foot or on a mountain bike (embankment is not clean, sometimes slanted, and occasionally interrupted by sewer drains.) Watch out for homeless people. If it's sufficiently dry, you can ride in the riverbed. Getting out of the creek would be a problem, since it's too high to climb out and fenced most of the way. The route goes completely underground at Venice Blvd, by this point the embankment is completely gone and you have 10+ foot vertical walls on all sides. You either have to get out earlier or try to find the way through the underground system. At one time tributaries extended as far as Macarthur Park, but I'm not sure if you can get that far now.
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Bologna Canyon Bike Trail Questions

Thanks. National is as far as we want to go, but it sounds like you had some great adventures as a kid!
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