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Bicycles represent all that is awesome about being a kid – fun, freedom and plenty of fresh air. With near perfect weather year round in Southern California it’s almost inconceivable not to strap on a helmet and hop on a bike to enjoy an All-American kids favorite pastime outside. If you’re looking to get out beyond your street to go on a bit further of a bike ride with your kids, we’ve curated a list for you of the best bike trails for kids in Los Angeles!
Expo Bike Path to Santa Monica
West Los Angeles, CA
The Bike path along the Expo train line from Overland Avenue to Santa Monica if a paved trail that can be great for families. The path goes all the way to the Colorado/17th Street station. Experienced bikers can take city streets to the beach and jump on the “Strand” bike trail (see below). Even though there are a lot of street light stops along the way, it’s a fun beginner ride for kids.
Marvin Braude Bike Trail
Los Angeles County, CA
The 27-mile Marvine Braude Bike Trail aka “The Strand” stretches along the beach from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes, offering a long stretch of flat and well-maintained surface to ride that is perfect for kids. The gorgeous bike trail provides an easy cruise for biking families hoping to experience many of L.A.’s most admired beach towns: Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo. However, keep an eye out for joggers, roller skaters and walker who also use the path.
Conejo Creek Bike Path
Thousand Oaks, CA
The city of Thousand Oaks opened the Conejo Creek Bike Path in Spring 2011 and it provides a nice and flat bicycle path alternative to the busy city streets. . The 1.2 mile path connects Gainsborough Road on the south to Conejo Creek Park South (the playfields), Thousand Oaks Library and Teen Center. The paved path is 12-feet wide and provides a safe bike path away from traffic for younger riders to cycle freely, away from cars.
Griffith Park Bike Loop
4730 Crystal Springs Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Often referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is LA’s largest park and it contains The Autry, Greek Theater, L.A. Zoo, Travel Town, Griffith Observatory, the Griffith Merry-go-Round, L.A. Equestrian Center, L.A. Live Steamers and so much more. Best yet there is also a scenic tree lined 9 mile bath path loop that is perfect for families. We suggest starting the bike loop near the ranger station. You can even get a bike rental at Spokes ‘n’ Stuff if you need an extra set of wheels.
The city of Glendale implemented a master plan for kids who ride their bikes to school in an effort to keep the streets and pathways a safer place to ride. They have improved their biking infrastructure to reflect this concern and they also implemented safety and educational programs all in an effort to improve the entire cities use of bicycles as transportation.
The Metro Orange Bike Path and pedestrian path parallels the four-mile Metro Orange Line Extension from the Canoga Station across the San Fernando Valley up to Chatsworth. It also links up with the Sepulveda Dam Bike Path.
Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path
Long Beach, CA
Hop on your bike and ride along the water’s edge on the main beach from Alamitos Bay to Shoreline Village. This 3.1-mile bike path is a 17-foot-wide concrete trail on the beach, extending from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east. Two six foot lanes are for bicycle traffic and one five foot lane is for pedestrians.
Lake Balboa – Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Lake Balboa is a 80-acre park with a 27-acre lake filled with water reclaimed from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. There are many trails and paved paths to explore. Wheel Fun Rentals offers bike rentals in case you need an extra set of wheels.
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