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Old 05-23-16, 07:49 AM
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Rio Hondo trail - safe for a gal on her own?

Anyone familiar with this bike path? I'm off work this week to quit smoking so I want to distract myself with my bike. This path looks nice and long, but odds are good I'll be riding solo. Since pictures of the path make it look pretty isolated, I'm wondering about safety.
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Here's a email from my bike club last Nov:

Riders, be aware!!
A cyclist was riding between Garvey & Valley on the RioHondo bike path, near El Monte Airport, was attacked by 4 guys. They tried robbing him and take his bike, when that failed, they pulled out a gun and fired at him before they got away. Luckily this cyclist only suffered minor injuries. Police hasn't been able to catch these cowards. So, watch your surroundings. Be careful out there! Be safe everyone!
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Yikes!
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If you are driving from Toluca Lake, just go a few minutes further to the SGRT. The portion from Santa Fe Dam north seems relatively safe.

You can park outside the dam entrance.

Santa Fe Dam south is about like Rio Hondo as far as relative risk.
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Ridden it a couple of times. Homeless people there, but usually leave you alone.
Strong oder of model airplane glue sometimes.
Be safe!
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Ride it all the time. You should be fine during day light hours.
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The area of the Rio Hondo is not safe at Bell Gardens, i.e. John Anson Ford Park
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Mostly likely you'll be fine. But I've heard bad things over the years. Maybe you should do it on a weekend first. Then think about if you would feel comfortable doing it on weekdays without other riders.

North of Santa Fe Dam is nice. You may park at Encanto Park.
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Starting from Encanto Park is good.
Have only ridden Rio Hondo from Live Oak to Whittier Narrows Recreation Center.
And then connected to SGRT. Some weird-os living out there in the bushes.
Rio Hondo from that point I would not ride... this is onward to Bell Gardens and the John Anson Park as
Garfield Cat says... it's not a nice area. Pico Rivera and Lynnwood nearby. Not playing favorites with neighborhoods, but it's just a bad area.

The park at Whittier Narrows has the worst tasting water at the drinking fountains.... BYO Water.
Also bathrooms there have signs warning you not to have sex or do drugs in the bathrooms.... strange people hanging around. I guess I'm just a sheltered old boy.... really not used to such signs when I go to a park.
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Any of the So Cal bike paths can be sketchy at times, the remoteness of them off the city landscapes make them inviting to the homeless and others. I've ridden them all and have not had any problems but being a guy I do admit I'm never 100% comfortable. Most seem to be mentioning the southern part of the trail as it gets close to LA River Trail. Perhaps you'd be better off taking the Rio Hondo east to the SGRT and taking that north, that section seems to be nice.

Another option since you're so far north is maybe trek to the beach strands if you have the time, Santa Monica to Redondo is an absolute dream ride.
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I have my big burly roommate with me, so I think we're going to do it! Once he wakes up....
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Originally Posted by americanrecluse
I have my big burly roommate with me, so I think we're going to do it! Once he wakes up....
Gang mentality is different. Keep that in mind.
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We had a blast! We did about 9 miles before my legs said 'no more!' so we didn't quite get to all the creepy bits. It was quite empty and just fine/slightly creepy.
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I have considered getting pepper spray with a bike holster for such instances. Not for my daily rides, but for the random out of the way long rides.

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Oh, that's smart. Just a quick shot of "stay away please!"
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And . . . don't ride with earbuds in and music/radio blaring through them into your ears. Leave them at home and just stay aware of the sights and sounds around you. Nothing a mischief-maker hates more than someone who is aware of their surroundings and spots them before they can perpetuate their 'acts'.
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A group ride with maybe 10 riders through the rough neighborhoods would be ok. Just as long you're not the one who gets dropped.
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Once you get used to that trail you can come ride with me on Figueroa from Imperial north to Skid Row and back. Its always a good time
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