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Old 11-28-10, 09:39 AM
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Routes from South Pasadena to Irvine?

Looks like I might take a job in Irvine. The CEO of the company is an avid rider, too, and has been encouraging me to figure out a way to occasionally ride to work and then take the train home. Assuming that I'm okay with a few extra miles, I'm thinking that if I ride out to SGRT via Huntington, and take the river trail all the way down, it shouldn't be too bad to get from there to Irvine, right? Office is right near UCI.
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Old 11-28-10, 02:57 PM
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SGRT to Seal Beach/Los Alamitos Bay, then onto PCH to Huntington Beach front trail (or PCH all the way) then thru Newport Beach Back Bay to Irvine.
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Originally Posted by Jed19
SGRT to Seal Beach/Los Alamitos Bay, then onto PCH to Huntington Beach front trail (or PCH all the way) then thru Newport Beach Back Bay to Irvine.
Thanks, Jed, that's pretty much what I was thinking about too.
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Don't know where in SP you're starting from, but you can save yourself some time and effort by heading south to San Gabriel and taking Mission over to Rosemead, then south to Garvey, where there is access to the Rio Hondo bike path. Take the Rio Hondo to the end and use the Siphon Rd. connection to the SGRT from the junction of Durfee Ave./San Gabriel Blvd. and Rosemead.
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Don't know where in SP you're starting from, but you can save yourself some time and effort by heading south to San Gabriel and taking Mission over to Rosemead, then south to Garvey, where there is access to the Rio Hondo bike path. Take the Rio Hondo to the end and use the Siphon Rd. connection to the SGRT from the junction of Durfee Ave./San Gabriel Blvd. and Rosemead.
Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that. I'm right at the edge of Alhambra, so this is pretty close for me.
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Originally Posted by Jed19
SGRT to Seal Beach/Los Alamitos Bay, then onto PCH to Huntington Beach front trail (or PCH all the way) then thru Newport Beach Back Bay to Irvine.
this one. PCH going south all the way to Newport Beach then Irvine
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Originally Posted by Caracalla.
this one. PCH going south all the way to Newport Beach then Irvine
Thanks. How's the traffic during morning rush hour? Are there bike lanes on this part of PCH?
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Originally Posted by kenrudman
Thanks. How's the traffic during morning rush hour? Are there bike lanes on this part of PCH?
yes, the bike lanes are wide enough except for a short part as you near your destination in Newport Beach/Irvine. But good bikes lanes in both directions.

traffic is really irrelevant since you are in the bike lane and there are hardly any cross streets.
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take some time this weekend and find a route because nobody has a good answer here so far
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Originally Posted by JustMe
Don't know where in SP you're starting from, but you can save yourself some time and effort by heading south to San Gabriel and taking Mission over to Rosemead, then south to Garvey, where there is access to the Rio Hondo bike path. Take the Rio Hondo to the end and use the Siphon Rd. connection to the SGRT from the junction of Durfee Ave./San Gabriel Blvd. and Rosemead.
Yea, that's the best route to PCH from Alhambra/SoPass. You can then take PCH thru to Newport and the Back Bay route up to University/Campus DR. There might be better references for the route up to Campus Dr. from PCH. And there are shortcuts for a faster trip to UCI if you get off PCH at Brookhurst and cut through town using Victoria/22nd... etc. I can provide details if you're interested.

Give yourself plenty of time, as the SG river trail is a wind tunnel going South, and an uphill slog going North.

OR, take the Gold Line from Pasadena to Union Station, bike over to the 7th/Metro station, take the Blue Line to Long Beach, and head thru LB to PCH and South. It's 20mi from LB to the Brookhurst Ave/PCH. 45minutes on the train from 7th/Metro to LB.

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Originally Posted by Caracalla.
yes, the bike lanes are wide enough except for a short part as you near your destination in Newport Beach/Irvine. But good bikes lanes in both directions.

traffic is really irrelevant since you are in the bike lane and there are hardly any cross streets.
He's right, I wouldn't worry one bit about the route as soon as you get on the SGRT.

PCH has wide bike lanes with no cross traffic all the way from Seal Beach to the Back Bay trail. And then it's a scenic paved bike path up to Campus Dr. (assuming you're going to Campus Dr.) The trail goes much, much further along a river. And then most of the streets you would use to connect with your destination are all bike friendly with lanes or at least wide enough streets not to feel hassled.

My "shortcut" through town isn't so friendly. But I'm used to commuting bravely in LA and OC.

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Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely try the Long Beach idea as well.
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To be fair, there is some cross traffic if you're heading South down PCH - heads up while you're going under Newport Blvd, for instance.
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