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Old 12-31-08, 11:58 AM
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Route through the south bay

Is there another route through the south bay other than PCH? I live in Long Beach and end up riding south more than north due to not knowing a good safe route through the south bay. I would like to have a route from LB to Malibu. I've ridden PCH in the past but had a few too many close calls in the Hermosa/Manhattan area. I know I could ride the strand, but if it's possible I would like to stay on the roads. Thanks guys.

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Old 12-31-08, 12:24 PM
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you could take Broadway through Redondo and then Valley or Ardmore through Hermosa and Manhattan and then maybe Pershing through El Segundo. Personally I would just take the bike path. Simple, safe and quick.
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Old 12-31-08, 06:28 PM
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Yes the bike path on week days in the winter is like a ghost town. You can go from Torrance all the way to Will rogers state beach. Not sure where in Long beach you are. I sometimes take the belmont shore beach trail to the LA river. Get off on Wadlow/223rd or Del Amo. Take up to Vermont left if you wish to go around the north side of PV. Our bike club takes 190th all the way, but just before the big hill we cut over to Beryl as it is a bit eaiser. Some of us just take Del Amo all the way to the LA river from Cerritos. check out google maps, they may be of some more help.
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In winter the beaches during the week are usually pretty empty. Take the bike path all the way except in Redondo Beach, Hermosa, and Venice.

Redondo usually is empty except you have to walk your bike while crossing the pier or you will be fined. The police station is just above the pier and I've seen them ticket before.

Hermosa is a MUP and has an 8mph speedlimit.

Venice path is usually covered in a thick layer of sand in some parts because the city doesn't keep it up as well in the winter, too much foot traffic, and the path has too many blind windy turns.

For getting through redondo beach, take Broadway all the way down to Beryl make a left on Beryl, then make a right onto Harbor. Take this all the way through Redondo the street will turn into Hermosa Ave. Take that all the way down till the very end. The street will dead end and will make a right up hill. If you look off to your left you can see the beach and the path is right there that will takes you into Manhattan Beach.

For venice to be honest I don't know the street names but I usually take a different route that takes me onto the street closest to the ocean. Then I jump back onto the path near the pier.

I personally hate riding up PCH in malibu. The cars are moving at freeway speeds, get way too close and are usually a bit more aggressive up there, the shoulders disappear out of the middle of nowhere which means you're going to have to haul ass to move over when it does disappear. The shoulders are usually filthy with liter, gravel, and large rocks from the cliffs on the side of the road. I haven't been up there in a while.
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A couple of cautions. Beware the beach bike path in wet conditions. Your tires will kick sand up and it will get all over everything including the drive train.

I've heard recently that the Hermosa police are citing cyclists for not coming to a complete stop at stop signs. Valley and Ardmore in Hermosa have a lot of stop signs.
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I've heard the same about Hermosa...but I almost never see police in Hermosa. The only place I really see them is on Hermosa Ave. and Pier making sure people don't get roudy or do stupid stuff. I'd be more worried about Redondo Beach, they've been doing it for a while and I've seen quite a few cyclists getting cited. Just remember if you see an officer to unclip and put your foot down. Some of them are really picky. If you decided to do a trackstand and you still get cited, do a trackstand in front of the judge.

I just take Hermosa Ave. all the way down to the dead end and hop onto the strand there. As for the sand when it's wet...who cares. I'd be more worried about loosing traction than getting dirty, it's happened once to me. Taking a corner rather quick, thick layer of sand on the path I didn't see till it was too late on the other side, couldn't slow down ended up going into the sand off the path.
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