Pedestrians and cyclists pledge to keep the peace on L.A. River Path

Cyclists sign the pledge. Photo courtesy David De La Torre

Share The Path pledge. Photo courtesy Tracy Stone

The L.A. River Path through Elysian Valley is the scene of frequent confrontations and collisions between pedestrians and cyclists.  But last weekend,  cyclists got off their bikes and pedestrians took a break from strolling to sign a pledge to “share the path.” About 100 cyclists and 60 pedestrians signed the pledge during the first annual “Share the Path” event , according to David De La Torre, an Elysian Valley activist. De La Torre and many other residents who have expressed  concern about the safety of pedestrians along the popular but narrow path since it was extended through Elysian Valley in 2010.

The event, which was co-sponsored by the Elysian Valley neighborhood council, Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and the L.A. County Bike Coalition, provided an opportunity for the cyclists and pedestrians to meet each other and receive information on river path etiquette  “This event is a great way to educate cyclists and pedestrians and prevent future incidents from happening,” said De La Torre in a neighborhood watch announcement.


  1. It’s heartening to see the EV groups being proactive in understanding it takes both factions to utilize the LA River path with mutual respect and consideration so that we can all enjoy it.

  2. F those spandexed dudes.

    They’ll sign it but still yell at you to get out of the way later on that day.

  3. Bernie = Intellectual juggernaut conspiracist

  4. The problem ARE the spandex tools who think they have appropriated the path as their personal velodrome. “How dare these brown pedestrian peasants break my olympic winning stride so they can stroll and enjoy the stupid river birds with leisure.”

  5. The biggest problems are cyclists, pedestrians, and dog walkers that take up three quarters of the path or more. I am a moderate cyclist who regularly gets passed by Lycra clad cyclists and have never had anyone yell anything at me other than on yor left which people should understand only means that the cyclist is passing on the left.

  6. CONGRATS to David De La Torre and the Elysian Valley NC on a job well done!

  7. I too applaud De La Torre for organizing a such a truce because we CAN share the path with EVERYONE and keep “rule of law” of the parasitic City Council out of our hair.

  8. It still might be hard to maintain. I was walking with my gf one time and a bicyclist hit side swiped. He was sorry about it, but sometimes those guys are going pretty fast with too small a path.

  9. Every commenter who says that cyclists should stay on bike paths should read this article so they understand that paths are not the best options for cyclists who are capable of going over 17-18 mph.

  10. Kudos to the group for trying to increase awareness.
    I don’t walk my dogs (who are ALWAYS on leash and picked up after) north on the path anymore because they can’t keep within the boundaries and the fencing.
    Remember if you are hit by a bicyclist (or even “swiped”) it is a traffic offense. If they don’t stop – report it to the police – it’s a hit and run.
    L.A. Times reported significant crime increase in the E.V. area – that’s because the residents rather than be complacent actually reported 4 crimes in the last month. Not reporting = no crime.

  11. How difficult can it be to stay out of the way of cyclists on a bike path? As long as pedestrians remain on the edge and leave the center of the path clear, problem solved! You wouldn’t walk down the center line of a street, would you? It’s common sense. Pedestrians hogging up the space in the center of the bike path are only asking to be hit or sideswiped. Btw, I do both (walk and bike) and haven’t had any trouble as a pedestrian but frequently have to slow down and navigate my way past clusters of pedestrians who indulge in the equivalent of playing in the middle of a street.

  12. Just have some respect for each other. Its actually pretty simple.

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