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Old 08-20-13, 08:58 PM   #1
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Route suggestion from Whittier area to Santa Monica

I'm not terribly keen on the new google maps - you can't (or I haven't figured it out) display the green bike routes while you're in the get from point A to point B directions mode...

At any rate, I can't figure out how to get from here to there. I may need to do it on Saturday or Sunday, ideally early Sunday morning. The direct route is about 33 miles on google and I'd be willing to double that to get a more attractive route that doesn't involve neighborhoods with names like Compton etc.

Any good ideas? I could hit the rio hondo trail to Long Beach and then head up the coast through PV and then PCH or the beach trail I guess.
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Old 08-21-13, 12:17 PM   #2
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drop down on Rio Hondo, get off at Del Amo Blvd and swing west. At Vermont (Del Amo dead ends here) go south to Torrance Blvd. Go right (west) on Torrance all the way to Redondo Beach pier. Pick up the bike path and ride it to Santa Monica. Del Amo can get a bit busy, but I just rode it in the last month and it's not too bad if you're comfortable in traffic. The neighborhood around Torrance Blvd & Vermont is a bit sketchy; but Torrance is a busy street so no problem there so long as you don't stray off course. Once you cross Western you should be fine.
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Or you could go north on Rio Hondo, left on Santa Anita, left on Campus, straight on Huntington, right on Fair Oaks, left on Mission. That gets you into western South Pasadena. Then you have to cross Glendale to get to Los Feliz: the choice is between direct but somewhat sketchy route on York, and neat but circuitous route on Linda Vista and Chevy Chase. From Los Feliz, take back streets in West Hollywood to Santa Monica.

It's 47 miles. http://goo.gl/maps/EcYfN You can cut a corner through Rosemead, but there are no bike lanes, there's traffic and there's a lot of signs in languages other than ENglish.
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Ha, half the signs in this town are in "other than English" I'm fine in traffic as long as there's sufficient width on the right lane (ie, not forcing me to try and take a lane with 50 mph traffic like I accidentally did on Imperial Hwy one time a few years ago)

I'll check those two routes out after dinner tonight - thanks for the suggestions. Strava came up with this route (I was trying their new route planner...) it seems to be similar to hamster's route.

http://www.strava.com/routes/9148
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Or you could go north on Rio Hondo, left on Santa Anita, left on Campus, straight on Huntington, right on Fair Oaks, left on Mission. That gets you into western South Pasadena. Then you have to cross Glendale to get to Los Feliz: the choice is between direct but somewhat sketchy route on York, and neat but circuitous route on Linda Vista and Chevy Chase. From Los Feliz, take back streets in West Hollywood to Santa Monica.

It's 47 miles. http://goo.gl/maps/EcYfN You can cut a corner through Rosemead, but there are no bike lanes, there's traffic and there's a lot of signs in languages other than ENglish.
you can just turn right to the beginning of Monterey Road on Huntington drive at the gas station past San Marino Ave. Then you will avoid the fast traffic part of Hungtington drive & Fairoaks Ave.
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I'd probably take the southern route down the river trail and over to Redondo. Much less time in hectic traffic conditions. I go from Redondo to Santa Monica frequently so I can show you the way if I'm in town. Redondo to SM is a pretty laid back ride if you know where you're going.

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