If LA feels like too much of a concrete jungle for a jaunty bike ride, we’ve got a concrete suggestion for you: Try a beginner-friendly 6.75-mile (one-way) ride from Culver City to Playa del Rey along the Ballona Creek Bike Path
. This paved two-lane path delivers ongoing action minus the traffic lights and crosswalks. In fact, you’ll dip beneath every street along the way and gain some terrific scenery. Set out from Syd Kronenthal Park
on the east side of Culver City and pedal southwest along the conduit that contains Ballona Creek. Enjoy a mostly level ride with a few minor dips beneath cross streets and the 405 Freeway. After sneaking under Duquesne Avenue the path curves to the left, lining up an unexpected over-the-shoulder view of the Hollywood Sign. With 1.5 miles to go, the creek expands from a shallow 20-foot-wide runoff stream into a deeper channel that attracts a peloton of seabirds like whimbrel and brown pelicans. You can smell the ocean over the last leg of the bike path as it shoots down a narrow jetty separating Ballona Creek from the mouth of Marina del Rey. Here the trail comes to an end, but riders with more energy to burn can further the two-wheel fun by heading down the adjoining Pacific Coast Bike Route toward Redondo Beach. Good way to savor the sea-nery!
BURRITO BONUS: Roll up to Señor G’s (343 Culver Blvd.) in Playa Del Rey (map). The Chicken Colorado Burrito is delicious. If your appetite is extra large, upgrade to a “super burrito” like Carlito’s Way, a bold and tasty steak selection.
The Ballona Creek Bike Path begins behind the backstop at Syd Kronenthal Park at 3459 McManus Ave. in Culver City (map), and makes an immediate U-turn heading down to the creek, starting a 6.75-mile run to the ocean. At the end of the jetty, cross a bridge to Pacific Ave., where you can take the Pacific Coast Bike Route south along the beach or bike inland a quarter mile on Culver Blvd. to Señor G’s. The bike path is dog-friendly!