Closing the gap between the South Pasadena and L.A. bike paths

Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail

South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail


Last fall South Pasadena opened the short (less than a mile) but relatively wide and landscaped Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail. Now, there’s an effort to close an approximately 1,000-foot gap between the new path and the longer Arroyo Seco Bicycle Path that runs along the cement-lined river channel in Los Angeles.

Councilmember Jose Huizar is asking the city to develop a plan for connecting the two paths with decent pavement.

Currently, South Pasadena’s newly extended Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail starts as a sidewalk at Stoney Drive, across the street from South Pasadena Dog Park. The bike lane joins it just south of the tennis courts, and it now proceeds to run well south of the golf course.

But about halfway between the York Boulevard bridge and the south end of the driving range, the new pavement abruptly gives way to older, cracked asphalt, which ultimately crumbles into a dirt road before emerging by the Arroyo Seco Stables.

It’s right about there that L.A.’s Arroyo Seco Bike Path has an entrance.

The cost, designs and schedule for covering that gap still need to be determined, said Huizar’s spokesman, Rick Coca.

Huizar’s motion asks for the Department of Transportation to develop a plan for building the bike path segment, and also for the Bureau of Engineering to acquire the necessary property rights for the project.

Where the new, smooth South Pasadena path ends.

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  1. “approximately 1,000 gap”? 1,000 meters? 1,000 inches? 1,000 bloits? Enquiring cyclists want to know!

  2. This is a nice gesture and I hope they go through with it. The big issue for me is terrible limited access from both South Pasadena and Highland Park. There is no safe way across York Blvd into South Pas and vice versa. It’s basically a highway trying to get across it sometimes. But it still beats riding your bike through the crumbling concrete of Hermon Park or dismounting and shouldering your bike down a flight of stairs with cleats on to get to a short bike path.

  3. Yeah, the Arroyo path really suffers from a lack of entrance/exit points overall. I think there is only one real exit other than the two ends (and a couple “hole in chain link fence” exits”.)
    It would be a lot more useful and used as a transportation option if it allowed you to get on and off conveniently at more places.

  4. This is terrific! I used to ride the bike path along I-5 when I lived in Burbank. I hope this plan is approved and funded.

  5. Wish they would make a bike path or lane that connects the Arroyo Seco to the la river. This is about a little over 1 1/2 miles. Best route would be a bike lane along Figueroa to Confluence Park.

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