If you live in Pasadena or South Pasadena and work downtown L.A., this is a great route to commute. Mostly downhill, with plenty of Gold Line stations along the way as back-up. The downhill, with a nice easy pace of about 12-14 mph (because it’s downhill) means you will arrive to work with minimal sweat.
Meet Thursdays at 7 a.m. in front of Buster’s Coffee next to the Mission Street Gold Line Station. We will ride into the Arroyo Seco River Bike Path where we will see ducks and the occasional hawk exiting into Montecito Heights near the Lummis House. Going into Lincoln Park, we will pass the Heritage Square Gold Line station on our way into downtown. Some quick jogs take us onto Main Street where we go past the China Town Gold Line Station. Onto the Spring Street buffered bike lanes, we turn right on 7th street ending at the 7th and Metro Station.
Meet Tuesdays at 7:45am and Fridays at 9:45am at Coffee + Food before setting off on a gorgeous route through the iconic residential Hancock Park, the palm tree lined streets of Koreatown and a few rolling hills before arriving in downtown Los Angeles. This route will end either at LA Cafe or the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition headquarters on Spring Street, where Nona also works. Majority of the route is on sharrows/bike lanes.
Meet Tuesdays at 7:45am at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This route is takes us all the way across Los Angeles via Fountain Ave and then through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd and finally into Santa Monica along Arizona Ave. This is a long route, but anyone just making part of the journey is welcome to take part in any section of the ride. Note: The majority of this route does not have bike lanes, so we will be sharing the road with automobiles.;
Meet Thursdays at 8:00am at Caffe Vita on Sunset near Hillhurst and the Vista Theater. This route uses bike lanes on Sunset Boulevard, Rampart Boulevard and 7th Street to take us from Los Feliz/Silverlake past beautiful MacArthur Park to Downtown Los Angeles, ending at 7th and Grand where you can refuel at Bottega Louie if the ride leaves you with a sweet tooth. Majority of the route is on bike lanes, but we will share the road with automobiles for brief sections. We’ll keep it low-stress and low-sweat; this is more of a trolley than high-speed rail. Even still, we’ll make the trip in about 30 minutes!
Meet Wednesdays 6:45am at the 7-Eleven on 7th St. near Witmer. We’ll have a bike lane briefly on 7th, and then share the road with automobiles through the fashion district of Downtown LA until we hit the bike path on a serene span of concrete known as the LA River. Lovejoy leaves the bikeway just before the 405 freeway, to head to a job wrangling web code near the Long Beach Airport. You’re welcome to continue on the bikeway to downtown Long Beach in time for a 9am arrival.
Meet Thursdays at 8:30am at the Yellow House Cafe. This route takes us to Westwood via 4rth and smaller residential streets, such as quaint, San Diego Way. This route will end at the entrance of UCLA’s north campus, at Charles E Young Drive, near the School of Public Affairs. Kate is a graduate student in Urban Planning at UCLA and can be found bike camping in her spare time.
Meet Thursdays 8:10am at the top of the North Hollywood Metro Station steps. We’ll cross Lankershim Blvd. to a bike lane on Chandler Blvd. heading west through the residential neighborhoods of North Hollywood and Valley Village. We’ll then merge onto the Orange Line Bike Path that begins shortly after Coldwater Canyon Ave. The wide path offers a protected, leisurely ride through long stretches of California native plants and trees. As we approach Balboa Park in Van Nuys, the path crosses Sepulveda and then winds underneath the 405. Paul will take a right on Woodley to the modern art auction house where he writes and edits. You’re welcome to continue on the bike path.
Roll-out every Tuesday 8:30 am at Starbucks, 9718 W. Washington Blvd.
Arrive @ UCLA: 9:05 a.m.
9718 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA
From Starbucks we take: Hughes N – Venice W (bike lane) – Motor N (bike lane) – National NW- Westwood NW (some bike lanes). Join anywhere along the way!
Tina has a solid twelve years of urban cycling experience, making her a good guide for beginners and a great buddy for experienced riders.
Meet Thursdays at 7:15am at Café de Leche. This route travels along Avenue 50 towards Marmiom Way, then heads south on a leisurely stretch that runs parallel to the Gold Line. We will then make our way through Cypress Park and Chinatown, finally arriving at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Most of the route is light to moderate traffic. Please note that there are a few small inclines on Avenue 50. The estimated arrival time in Downtown Los Angeles is 8:00 am.
Meet Thursdays at 6:30am at Cafe Intelligentsia. We will ride into the sun rise toward Pasadena, mostly on bike lanes. This route rolls through the historic neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park before winding along the Arroyo Seco Watershed. The final destination is JPL; feel free to hop on and off as your commute requires.