Smooth riding through Elysian Valley

The approximately 2.5 mile-long extension of the Los Angeles River Bike Path south of Fletcher Drive has not been officially dedicated yet. But cyclists, like Jon B., who took the above photo this morning, have been pleasantly surprised to find they can already ride on a smooth strip of asphalt through Elysian Valley. “This used to be an obstacle course filled with tree roots busting through the black-top and treacherous pot holes every 10 feet, now it’s smooth as silk! There were crews of what looked to be volunteers cleaning up the little parks along this stretch as well,” said Jon in an email.

More information about the $2.8 million Elysian Valley Bike Path at L.A. Creak Freak.

Photo by Jon


  1. Yikes. That smooth asphalt has meant a dramatic increase in the speed of the cyclists using the path. This is a real cause for concern for the pedestrians along this part of the river. Elysian Valley has a number of streets and parks that open directly onto the river path. Children, pedestrians with dogs, and seniors have already had encounters with speeding cyclists that narrowly avoided disaster. The city is promising signs that remind users to “share the path”. It is important to remember that this is both a bicycle AND pedestrian path!

  2. Can we get the path around EP lake re-paved. It is pretty worn, and it is pretty dangerous. I took my daughter there to roller blade, and we couldn’t do it, because the path is so worn out. I sent our local reps an e-mail, but they never replied. That leaves me pretty disappointed with our area representatives. Perhaps we can charge the swap meet vendors to get this done.

  3. ELiAH,
    The whole park is going to be fenced off, and rebuilt, starting October. So, I don’t think anyone’s going to be spending any money on the park before then.

  4. Hi Noel – Just wanted to let you and everyone else know the Echo Park Lake rehab project was pushed back. They are gating everything up in January 2010 and the big construction will start in April.

    EliaH: if you have any questions about the project you should email alejandra.marroquin@lacity.org or check the Eastsider and other community blogs for updates, which are posted when they come. You can also contact the Park Advisory Board for Echo Park.

  5. Sorry, January and April 2011!

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