Westside Bike Ride Planned During Carmageddon

Scenic 22-mile route will take cyclists through Culver City, Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, West L.A. and Westwood.

When a stretch of the 405 freeway shuts down this weekend, take advantage of the warm, sunny weather with a 22-mile bicycle tour of the Westside.

Organized by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the morning ride will start at the Expo station at Venice and Robertson boulevards in downtown Culver City. The loop heads west on Jefferson Boulevard to Marina del Rey before winding north around the harbor and into Venice. It will take riders through Santa Monica via Ocean Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard and across West L.A. and Westwood before returning to Culver City.

A kick-off party starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The ride starts at 9 a.m. Helmets are required for riders younger than 18.

Trained instructors and "ride marshals" will accompany cyclists. Plenty of stops are planned along the way, too.

Shorter 8-11 mile rides—billed as opportunities for residents to ditch their cars and stay local during Carmageddon II—are also planned in each of the "bike-friendly" neighborhoods.

Officials Hope Deals Entice Residents to 'Stay Local' for Carmageddon II

The 405 will close in both directions Saturday and Sunday between the 10 and 101 while crews demolish the north side of the Mulholland Bridge as part
of the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. 

Shorter rides:

Culver City (8 miles)
Start at Ballona Creek at McConnell; 9:45 a.m.

Marina/Venice (8.14 miles)
Washington/Pacific; 10:30 a.m.

Santa Monica (8 miles)
Santa Monica Bike Center,  Colorado at 2nd, 11:15 a.m.

Westwood to Santa Monica (11 miles)
Bad News Bears Little League Field, Sepulveda at Ohio; noon

Westwood to Culver City (10.76 miles)
Bad News Bears Little League Field, Sepulveda at Ohio; noon

For more information, visitla-bike.org.


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