The southern entrance to the L.A. River bike and pedestrian path in Elysian Valley got a bit fancy this week with the installation of some new metal gates with artistic flair. A cyclist, who goes by the name Rio Optos, found the gates attractive but said they will take some getting used to:
Where before stood perfectly serviceable, though not overly beautiful, chain link access gates, now stand imposing and beautiful welded steel artistic gates featuring birds and plants and plenty of diamond-mesh backing to prevent people from cutting their hands on, or getting them stuck in, the artwork.
Commuting bike riders had gotten use to the absence of gates allowing convenient entry and exit, now have to deal with something completely different. If a closer is attached to the side gate, biker access will require dismounting.