Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Los Feliz, Calif.
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus
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I rode Santa Monica to Los Feliz for many years (we moved into a warehouse in Culver City in December so that's changed). I rode a few hundred commutes. I tried everything. In the end, I got used to taking Santa Monica Blvd all the way to Hollywood at least, and sometimes to the end at Sunset Junction. There are many hairy parts, like Wilshire/SM Blvd, the nether zone between BH and WeHo, the bike lane-less parts of SM Blvd in WeHo and Hollywood.
The side streets can be dangerous places where commuters, the desperate breed that they are, search for short cuts and do erratic things.
If I were doing that commute, I'd take SM Blvd to the end. Shimmy across Sunset and take Griffith Park Blvd to Hyperion. Hyperion over the bridge across Atwater and up Brand Blvd. There will be thousands of cars. I've been hit three times between Westwood and WeHo: two right hooks and a dooring. Give yourself lots of room; don't ride in the door zone. Pass on right with great caution and lower speeds. I always like one way of my commute to be early morning or later evening. Don't overheat as much, less cars. You can really let loose.
Did you used to commute over the Sepulveda Pass? That has it's own harrowing spots. My ex-gf lived in Encino and I would often ride to Santa Monica from there. Crazy but fun.
You could also take the bus downtown and ride up the river path.
Good luck! Be safe!