GLENDALE NARROWS / ELYSIAN VALLEY BIKE PATH
Biking along the Los Angeles River is a favorite choice of LAist readers, as well as Ted Rogers ofBikingInLA and Carol Feucht of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. And this 7.4-mile stretchbeginning in Atwater Village and heading up through the Glendale Narrows provides one of the greenest routes, with views of birds and the San Gabriel Mountains. There are also several parks along the route, including Griffith Park, Oso Park and Rattlesnake Park. Feucht says of the Narrows:
What makes the Glendale Narrows so great is that it is one of the few sections of the L.A. River that has a dirt bottom. Plants and birds (and trash) thrive here, and you can also see some strange sights on occasion, like people biking "on" the river (They're like Jesus on a bike!), people fishing, teenagers making out, artists painting, and, as you know, that giant rubber ducky. There are also pocket parks and exercise machines for folks to take a break from their rides or walks.
Riders should note that some cyclists complain of air pollution along the bikeway thanks to its proximity to the 5 Freeway. The age-old clash between cyclists and pedestrians has existed along this route as well, but as Rogers says, "A little courtesy on both sides goes a long way." For those interested in putting their pedals to the path, the 13th annual Los Angeles River Ride takes place Sunday, June 9.