Elysian Valley L.A. River Walk/Bike Path Newly Striped

November 16, 2010 § 23 Comments

The Frogtown river path gets its new striping on

As of yesterday, the Los Angeles River Bike Path through Elysian Valley has new stripes! Creek Freak readers may well be tired of hearing about this project; we’ve covered the project’s history, groundbreaking, detours, new undercrossing at Fletcher Drive, new asphalt, delays, new lights, and even the preliminary marks that preceded the striping. The shared walk and bike path officially opens on Saturday December 4th at 12noon, location to be announced. « Read the rest of this entry »


Let There Be Light… Poles on the Elysian Valley Bike Path

September 9, 2010 § 5 Comments

New light pole (left) next to unofficial open access point (center) and locked official access point (right) at Elysian Valley Gateway Park

Sighted today along the river in Elysian Valley: new light poles! No actual lights yet, but it’s progress. The poles have been installed from around Riverdale Avenue to Fletcher Drive – about 3/4th of the new path segment. They’re so new that they’re not even unwrapped yet.

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Bridge and Bikeway Construction in West San Fernando Valley

August 26, 2010 § 25 Comments

Illustration of Tampa Avenue Bridge design, including Cheri Gaulke's medallions with steelhead and coyote, image courtesy city of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering

Construction is underway on a couple of Los Angeles River bridge retrofit and widening projects in the west San Fernando Valley. Specifically work is proceeding on the Tampa Avenue Bridge and Winnetka Avenue Bridge in the Valley communities of Reseda and Winnetka, not far from Los Angeles Pierce College. The bridge projects include river- and historic-themed artwork, a portion of the Los Angeles River bike path, and native landscaping.

Bridge, with bikeway and greenway, construction at Winnetka Avenue

Back in Novemer 2008, Creek Freak reported that this project was one of two L.A. River bike path sections that the city was gradually proceeding with. The new path will be two miles on the south bank, from Mason Avenue to VanAlden Avenue, including grade-separated underpasses at Vanowen Street, Winnetka Avenue, Corbin Avenue, and Tampa Avenue. « Read the rest of this entry »

Elysian Valley Bike Path Blues: Delays

July 27, 2010 § 18 Comments

NO ENTRY signs - on the Great Heron Gate at Fletcher Drive today


Over a year has passed since the June 29th 2009 groundbreaking for the city of Los Angeles’ L.A. River Bike Path through Elysian Valley. That day, speakers proudly announced that the 2.7-mile project would be completed in six to eight months – likely by December 2009, at the latest, maybe February 2010.   

L.A. Creek Freak is was pretty excited about the project. Before there was a creek freak blog, I was pushing for this project to be funded and to get built. Creek Freak wrote about the project’s tortured legal history and celebrated the city’s groundbreaking. We reported on closures, the new underpass and the new asphalt. Then it seems like the work kinda… slowed… down… and… maybe… stopped.    

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Arroyo Seco Bike Path Moving Forward Slowly

May 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

The edge of this L.A. City Sanitation Yard will become a bike path and walk trail along the Arroyo Seco. (Photo: Bing Maps)

As announced here, last Thursday, the county of Los Angeles Public Works Department held a public meeting on its plans for adding more bike path along the Arroyo Seco. Creek Freek covered the plans for this bike path earlier and that background information is still applicable. It’s going to take a while, but the project is moving forward. Additional details after the jump.

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Bicycling along Aliso Creek in Orange County

May 3, 2010 § 2 Comments

Orange County’s Aliso Creek just downstream of the 5 Freeway

Last week, I took Metrolink down to visit my sister’s family in Laguna Niguel – about an hour’s train ride from downtown Los Angeles. I used Google’s new “go by bike” directions, and found myself on the Aliso Creek Bike Path. As I travel around, I enjoy checking out various creeks to see what might make sense for restoration and revitalization in Los Angeles.

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Poetry meets River Bike Path in Portugal

February 22, 2010 § 7 Comments


Poetry along the Rio Tejo em Lisboa - photo from vidasimples.abril.com.br

Check out Lisbon’s poetry installation along their bike path paralleling the Tagus River. The poem is The Keeper of Sheep by Fernando Pessoa. (Somewhat gratuituous plug: Pessoa is a poet whom I learned about via his cameo in the excellent story A Trip to Lisbon  in one of my favorite comic book series: the wonderful Monsieur Jean stories by Dupuy and Berberian.)

How about something like this locally, featuring the Los Angeles River poetry of Lewis MacAdams or Gary Snyder? There was a temporary installation a bit like this during one of the Arroyo Arts Collective‘s river installation shows – which featured a similar art installation with a quote from the Olmsted-Bartholomew plan – painted along the river path in Elysian Valley.

For photos, video and story, read the article here at Copenhagenize. Recommended video below:

(Via Curitiba Cycle Chic via Copenhagenize via L.A. Streetsblog)

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