I'm moving into a new office tomorrow to start a cycling related company (woot!) and it's in downtown Long Beach. I'm about 100ft from the LA River Path right near Catalina Landing. It looks very nice at the Ocean, but I imagine things get sketchy very quickly as I get up through Compton and Downey. Any opinions on the safety this path, specifically during weekdays 10am-4pm?
If that path is a bit sketchy, where else should I look to ride? Getting to Palos Verdes seems like it'd be pretty painful, and riding along the beach seems like it'd be too congested with joggers and tourists.