Biking for Better Waterways

Some 80 percent of the pollution in our oceans comes from land—and cars are a major culprit. Every day, the engines in our cars and trucks dribble small drops of oil onto our LA roads and parking lots. From there, it’s a short trek out to sea.

Help curb car pollution by biking. It’s a great way to get in shape, avoid rush-hour traffic and prevent harmful chemicals from getting into our local creeks, rivers and bay. Los Angeles boasts 463 miles of on-street bike lanes—the third highest of any city in the U.S.  Check out LADOT’s bicycle services for information on how to get around the city on two wheels.

For those that would rather not brave the bumper-to-bumper, there are loads of car-free bike paths to enjoy. Here are three of our favorites:

Griffith Park Bike Loop

  • Distance: 9-mile loop
  • Nearby Sites: The LA Zoo, The Autry, Greek Theater and Griffith Observatory
  • Where: Griffith Park is the largest park in Los Angeles. This scenic, tree-lined loop overlooks the LA River. The loop begins at the north end at Zoo Drive at Riverside and at the south end at Crystal Springs Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard.

Pacific Coast Trail

  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Nearby Sites: Venice boardwalk
  • Where: For those who like to cycle away from it all, there’s no better ride than the Pacific Coast Trail, which lets you pedal from Pacific Palisades to Torrance Beach near Redondo. The trail is split into two main sections (you can jump on the trail at any point). If you’re not up for the whole journey, start at the north end on Temescal Canyon Road at Will Rogers State Beach. It runs south about 8 miles through Venice and Marina del Rey.

Ballona Creek Bike Path

  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Sites along the way: Views of the Ballona Wetlands, Baldwin Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Where: This picturesque path connects Culver City to the coast and gets prettier and prettier as you move west. Pick the bike path easily at Syd Kronenthal Park, south of Washington Blvd. behind the ball field.

Prefer a communal ride? Sign up for the 15th annual Los Angeles River Ride on Sunday June 28, 2015. Rides range from a solid 15 miles to 100 miles for the overachievers. Just remember to wear a helmet, obey traffic laws and be alert.

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