Rather than drive, sometimes it is nice to bike to a local park. Los Angeles is a busy place. However, due to some bike friendly communities and great bike paths, it is possible to bike to a park. Here are the top five parks you can bike to in Los Angeles.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027 Phone: (323) 913 4688
This is a huge park with trails, pony rides, a carousel and tons of recreational space. This park is easily biked to due to the Los Angeles River bike lane. The bike lane parallels the five freeway. It starts out near Riverside Drive and goes all the way to Fletcher Drive. Other streets the path goes by are Los Feliz Boulevard and Glendale Boulevard. Griffith Park is near the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Observatory and Travel Town. In addition, Griffith Park is west of the I-5, between Los Feliz Boulevard and the Ventura Freeway on the north.
Lake Balboa Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
This is a popular park with a great playground for the kids. There’s a 27-acre lake here where you can go fishing and see the ducks. It’s hard to find parking here, so it’s actually a great place to bike to. From The Orange Line Busway Bike Path you can get to Balboa Park. The path starts near Los Angeles Valley College and ends near Pierce College. Lake Balboa Park is between the two. Expect to hit some traffic lights on the way. Once you get there, there are bike pathways that wind through the park. Another bike path that takes you near Balboa Park is the Sepulveda Dam path that goes around the perimeter of the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. Included in this recreation area is Lake Balboa Park. This path also runs along Balboa Blvd and Victory Blvd. Overall, it has lots of trees and shade.
Valencia Heritage Park
24155 Newhall Ranch Road, Santa Clarita CA 91355.
This park is in the Santa Clarita Valley. It has soccer fields, a play area, a shaded picnic area and access to the river trail. Through the community bridges, paseos and river basin trails, it is very easy to bike here. It is especially easy to bike to if you live in the North Valencia area. Santa Clarita’s regional river trails and paseos cover over 60 miles. In this way, it’s easy to get Valencia Heritage Park and many other connecting parks in the area. To map out your path, check out the trails maps.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
This park in Santa Monica overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The park is lined with palm trees and runs from Colorado Avenue to just north of San Vicente Boulevard. This park is easy to bike to if you live in the Westside Santa Monica area or Venice. Palisades Park features picnic areas, a rose garden, a senior center and shuffleboard. In general, Santa Monica is a great place to ride a bike. If you jump on the Santa Monica bike path you can get to the park and have a lovely ride with nice ocean breeze. Stop off at Third Street Promenade on the way home for coffee or a sweet treat.
Crescent Bay Park
Santa Monica, California 90405
Not too far away from Palisades Park is Crescent Bay Park. This park is less crowded but still has nice views and can be accessed by riding along the Santa Monica bike path. This park is extremely close to Santa Monica State Beach. It’s also close to the Santa Monica Pier. Again, Santa Monica is a great town to take a bike ride and get some sunshine.
To find more bike trails and bike assessable parks, check out labikepaths.com.