Touring LA County with LACBC & Where to Ride: Surf City

May 30, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 8:30am

When: Saturday, June 15;  Meet at 8:30 a.m.; ride at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Bixby Park - 130 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach (map)

Mid-June is the perfect time for an awesome beach ride. So, dust off your passports because we’ll be crossing the border into Orange County. After heading south through Long Beach and Belmont Shores, we’ll cross into the OC at Seal Beach and then, follow the shoreline all the way down the Balboa Peninsula to our turnaround at Jetty View Park, in Newport Beach. It’s quintessential So Cal, with surfers, pups and tourists frolicking in the surf of seemingly endless beaches. We’ll also stop by the Huntington Beach Pier, in the heart of Surf City USA. There’ll be plenty to see.

Ride Length: 45 miles.

Ride Duration: Approximately 4-6 hours, including stops.

Difficulty:  Recommended for intermediate-level riders, aged 16 and up. The route passes through shopping areas and along the Pacific Coast Highway. While most of the ride is on bike lanes and bike routes, you should be prepared for city traffic and road sharing with cars. Total elevation gain is nada—sea level the whole way.

Rain Policy: Torrential rain, snow, earthquake or fierce wind cancels the outing. Otherwise, we ride.

What to bring: A road-worthy bike, extra inner tubes, a patch kit and pump, drinking water, a pocket snack (such as an energy bar, banana or trail mix), a helmet and money for refueling stops and post-ride refreshments.

Parking: There’s plenty of street parking around Bixby Park. Or, take Metro Blue Line south from Downtown LA to the Long Beach Transit Mall, the end of the line, and then ride east along First Street for about 1.3 miles to Bixby Park. We’ll meet at the corner of First Street and Cherry Avenue.

RSVP: Strongly encouraged, via, so we can send you last-minute advisories, particularly about weather.

About these Touring L.A. County Rides: Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles is a series of rides that are free and open to every LACBC member, plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Join LACBC online or at a discounted rate at our meet-up point. These rides are co-hosted by Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar, authors of Where to Bike Los Angeles, a guide to bicycling in Los Angeles County, published by BA Press. Copies are available at local book and bike shops, REI stores and from the LACBC—on line, at its offices, or at the end of these group adventures.