“Creek Freak” Previews Upcoming Add-Ons to LA River Bike Trail

Riders Head North on Current Segment of LA River Bike Trail

Riders on the L.A. River Bike Path have probably noticed it's not the most continuous path in the world.  During the 50-mile River Ride last Spring, I probably spent about 40% of the ride on the streets of Los Angeles because the trail doesn't yet connect all the way through.  But going with the theme recently, change is in the air.

L.A. Creek Freak, a labor of love by Joe Linton, has details and route information on how some of those gaps are going to be filled in, with construction starting in 2009.  In addition to maps, Linton provides descriptions of the nearly five miles of bike trails that will be added in the next couple of years.


The city of Los Angeles has planned a 2-mile segment of the Los Angeles River bikeway from Mason Avenue to VanAlden Avenue in the west San Fernando Valley. The bikeway will be on the south bank of the river and will include grade-separated underpasses at Vanowen Street, Winnetka Avenue, Corbin Avenue, and Tampa Avenue. This bikeway project is being done in conjunction with bridge retrofit projects at Tampa, Winnetka, and Vanowen.

The initial phase will include just the Tampa Avenue Bridge. The approximately 0.8-miles bikeway will extend from Corbin Avenue to Vanalden Avenue adjacent to the Westfield Promenade mall. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2009, and won’t be done before late 2011. The construction is estimated to take 20 months, but is not permitted to proceed inside the river channel during the wet weather season...

...Officially, this 2.7-mile bike path is called Phase 1C of the Los Angeles River bikeway. It extends from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street.  That’s from just above the 2 Freeway to nearly the 110 Freeway. The stretch currently has an unimproved access road used unofficially by bicyclists and pedestrians every day, though the surface is uneven and there are about a half-dozen large dips where street ends drain directly into the river.  The old asphalt road is also damaged from the roots of adjacent cottonwood trees.

The project will extend the existing 4.5-mile Glendale Narrows bikeway to an uninterrupted total of 7.1 miles.  It will include an undercrossing at Fletcher Drive, resurfacing, and lighting.

For more information on the upcoming additions check out L.A. Creek Freak.

Photo: Atwater Village Newbie/Flickr