New gateway greets visitors to L.A. River path

New gateway on the L.A. River path/Rio Optos

New decorative entrance replaced chain link gates

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.

New gate viewed from river path.


  1. How can I fit my cargo bike through there now?! I had this same issue on the Expo Line bike path a while ago. Some shitty bollard blocked the trike I was riding. WTF.

  2. The gates are pretty, and clearly we need something to keep people from driving their cars on the bike path.

    But from the picture it looks like the gates block easy bicycle access too! What’s the point of blocking BICYCLE access to the BICYCLE path???

    Why not just have a 5-foot opening, or perhaps a 10-foot opening with a bollard in the middle (to allow for 2-way bike access)? Why is the opening so narrow, and why does it have a closed gate? If a gate is necessary, it should be locked open unless there is a good reason to close the path.

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