Kids’ Ride FAQs


18th Annual LA River Ride Routes powered by RidewithGPS

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How long is the LA River Ride?
The LA River Ride has 5 different routes listed below with start times and descriptions:

100-Mile Century Ride – starts at 7 AM
Start: Riders start at The Autry in Griffith Park take the LA River Path and city streets down to Long Beach. They then do a loop around Long Beach and then return to Griffith Park.

62-Mile (100 km) Metric Century Ride – starts at 7:45 AM
Start: Riders start at The Autry in Griffith Park, take the LA River Path and city streets down to Long Beach, and then head back to Griffith Park.

36-Mile Ride – starts at 8:30 AM
Riders start at The Autry in Griffith Park, take the LA River Path and city streets down to the Maywood Riverfront Park Pit Stop, and then turn back to Griffith Park.

15-Mile Family Ride – starts at 11 AM
Riders start at The Autry in Griffith Park, take the LA River Path down to the end of the Elysian Valley path, then turn around back to Griffith Park. This ride is on a dedicated bike path, along a scenic natural stretch of the LA River. Families with very young riders can easily do this ride.

2-Mile Kids’ Ride – starts at 9 AM
This is a free ride featuring a police escort. Total riding distance is two miles. Bikes and push bikes are welcome, but please no tricycles, scooters or push bikes. Riders over nine years of age would probably be best suited to ride (with an adult) the 15 mile Family Ride. If families are participating in both the kids’ ride and the family ride, participate in the kids’ ride first, then join up with the family riders.

How do I volunteer for the LA River Ride?
You can sign up for many different volunteer opportunities by clicking here.  Volunteers receive a free shirt, membership and ride entry (also transferable) for volunteering (unless noted).

What is the course like?
All routes start The Autry in Griffith Park. The route is primarily flat with only a few small hills as it follows the river downstream toward Long Beach. Only the Century riders will encounter a significant hill at the beginning of the ride in Griffith Park. Route slips will be given to all River Riders the morning of the event. Routes will also be posted on RideWithGPS.com. The route will be marked with signs and street markings.

Is the ride all on the LA River bike path or do I have to ride on city streets?
All rides with the exception of the Family Ride will include some street riding with traffic. 36-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile riders enter the South County LA River Bike Trail just east of where Atlantic Boulevard crosses the LA River in the City of Vernon.

100-Mile Ride: Bike Path: 80% (80 miles), On-Street Biking: 20% (20 miles)
62-Mile Ride: Bike Path: 80% (50 miles), On-Street Biking: 20% (12 miles)
36-Mile Ride: Bike Path: 30% (11 miles), On-Street Biking: 70% (25 miles)
15-Mile Family Ride: Bike Path: 99% (15 miles), Griffith Park: 1% (less than a mile)
2-Mile Kids’ Ride: Griffth Park 100% escorted

Are there any hills on the River Ride?
Kids’ ride and Family ride are flat courses.

All other routes feature a very slight continuous downhill grade from LA to Long Beach, and the return ride a very slight continuous uphill grade, with four bridges and one relatively easy hill from Boyle Heights to Downtown Los Angeles. Max elevation + 1449 / – 1450 ft

What happened to the Long Beach start/finish?
This year we are going back to basics for our 20th anniversary and focusing on making 5 incredible routes that start and finish at The Autry. Long Beach will feature a pit stop at Shoreline Aquatic Park for both the Century (100 miles) and Metric Century (62 miles).

What is included in registration?
Your registration includes entry into the ride of your choice, a bib, pit stop amenities, ride support, a goodie bag, a t-shirt, a finisher’s medal and a 1-year membership to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

What is the last day to register online?
The last day to register online is Wednesday, May 30, at 11:59 PM.

Is there same-day registration?
Yes! You can register for any ride on Sunday morning. The 36-mile, Metric Century, and Century rides will cost $60, and the 15-mile Family Ride will cost $30. The Kid’s 2-Mile ride will remain free! Check registration times below to see when registration opens for your chosen ride:

Day-of registration opens at the following times:

  • 100-Mile Century Ride– 6 AM registration opens
  • 62-Mile (100 km) Metric Century Ride – 7 AM registration opens
  • 36-Mile Ride – 7:30 AM registration opens
  • 15-Mile Family Ride 10 AM registration opens
  • 2-Mile Kids’ Ride: 8 AM registration opens

Is registration refundable?
All entry fees are non-refundable. unfortunately, your entry fee will NOT be able to be transferred to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, etc.

Is registration transferable?
Yes, ride registration is transferable to another person up until Wednesday, May 30, at 11:59 PM. After that time, registration is not transferable. To transfer a registration, please contact LAriverride@la-bike.org by May 30.

How do I register for a tandem bicycle?
Register for two individuals with two registrations.

Are e-bikes allowed?
Only Class 1 “low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycles,” with motors that only work when pedaling and that cut-off at 20 mph are allowed at the River Ride.  Bikes that go above 20 mph and are totally electric and not propelled, at least partially, by the rider, are not allowed.

Where do I pick up my ride materials?
You have two options for picking up your helmet tracker:
1. At The Autry on On June 3 before your ride during registration time.
2. At Pure Cycles on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Can a friend pick up a packet for me?
Yes. If you send a friend with a signed note authorizing pick up on your behalf.

I picked up my bib at a packet pickup. What do I do now?
Bring your bib number with you to wear, and pick up your route cue slip from the registration tables. You’re ready to ride!

Can I rent a bike for the ride?
Yes! Pure Cycles offers River Ride participants a $75 week rental on Urban Commuter and Road bikes. Keep the bike until the Friday after the River Ride and if you would like to buy it, your rental fee will go towards the bike’s purchase. Reserve your bike using this link. Check out a wider list of rentals here.

How will the LA River Path closure north of Los Feliz Blvd. affect the ride?
Due to the ongoing construction of the North Atwater Bridge, which will connect Griffith Park and Atwater Village, the LA River Path will be closed north of Los Feliz Boulevard on the date of the 18th Annual River Ride – Sunday, June 3rd.

Unfortunately, the closure of the LA River Path will force us to make amendments to all 2018 River Ride routes, moving off the LA River Path and onto Crystal Springs Drive for a section of approximately 2.7 miles, but the event will of course continue to be a fully-supported and family friendly ride!

While these re-routes may not be ideal, we are excited to say that our dedication to the the river is leading to significant improvements.

If I pre-ordered a jersey, when do I pick that up?
Pre-ordered jerseys will be available for pick up the day of the event before the ride at the pre-registration table, and after the ride at the merchandise booth. Due to a tight delivery schedule, we cannot guarantee that 2018 River Ride Jerseys will be available for pickup prior to the event. If jerseys become available prior to the event, LACBC will advertise any opportunities for advance pickup. We appreciate your patience.  Additional jerseys will be available for purchase, but we cannot guarantee size availability.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A bike in good, working condition.
  • A helmet. REQUIRED
  • A water bottle.
  • Money for additional food and purchases.
  • A photo ID. A post-ride beer garden will be open to those 21 and over with proper identification.
    Your bib and wristband
  • Recommended: A spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, a portable pump, layers, a phone, gel packs. Marshals and mechanics will be on the route, but you can get rolling again more quickly if you are prepared to fix your own flat.

What will you provide me with?

  • Printed copies of route slips, extra copies will also be available at all pit stops.
  • Ride support
  • Pit stops featuring amenities such as snacks, water refill stations and bathrooms.
  • AAA goodie bag

How do I get to the ride start?
All rides start at The Autry (4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, LA 90027)

If you are taking public transit, Metro Bus line 96 bus stop is directly in front of the Autry. You can catch the 96 Bus from Burbank or Downtown LA Metro Bus 96 PDF Schedule

If you’re driving, we ask that 100-mile, 62-mile and 36-mile riders park at an attended parking lot at 1625 Flower Street, Glendale CA 91201. From there, you will be given bike directions to The Autry. Kids’ Ride, Family Ride and general attendees, please park in the Griffith Park lot. Limited parking available.

If you are biking or being dropped off, head straight to The Autry at 4700 Western Heritage Way.

What time do I need to be at the start?
If you haven’t pre-registered, we recommend you arrive at the registration start time to allow plenty of time for you to register and get ready to ride. If you pre-register, we recommend that you arrive at least half an hour before the ride start time. In both cases, allow some time for parking if you choose to drive to the River Ride.

What happens if I cannot finish the route?
We will provide support for riders who need to be picked up along the route due to exhaustion, non-emergency injuries or unexpected incidents along the route.

Where are the pit stops and when do they close?

  • El Dorado Park pit stop (100-mile only) closes at 12:30 PM
  • Shoreline Park pit stop (100 and 62 mile) closes at 1:30 PM
  • Ralph Dills Park in Paramount pit stop (100 and 62 mile) closes at 2:30 PM
  • Maywood Riverfront Park pit stop (100, 62, 36 mile) 3:15 PM
  • Hollenbeck Park pit stop (100, 62, 36 mile) closes at 3:45 PM
  • Spoke Bicycle Cafe pit stop (100, 62, 36 and 15 mile), geared for family riders closes at 4:30 PM

What is at each pit stop?
Water, snacks, mechanical support, bathrooms, extra route slips.

How long does it take to ride?

  • 100-Mile Century Ride: Experienced riders will complete the route in five or six hours. Those attempting a century for the first time can expect to take longer. The course opens at 7 AM and closes at 5 PM. SAG vehicles will be available from 8 AM- 4 PM for easy “bail out” if you find you can’t complete the entire 100 miles. Riders on the course after 5 PM will be riding unsupported, released from the event.
  • 62-Mile (100 km) Metric Century Ride: Experienced riders will complete the route in less than four hours. The average rider can expect to be riding for four to seven hours.
  • 36-Mile Ride: Riders should expect to complete the course in two to three hours.
  • 15-Mile Family Ride: Fast paced riders will complete the 15 miles in less than 1.5 hours. Families with kids and leisure riders should expect a 2-3 hour ride.

How is the route marked?
The route is marked with a combination of signs and road markings. Orange signs and markings will guide riders south towards Long Beach. Yellow signs and markings will guide riders north back towards Griffith Park. 100-mile riders will follow red signs and markings for the Century-only loop in Long Beach. Although the route will be marked, it’s very important to carry a route slip and download the free Ride with GPS app to ensure you can stay on course.

What do I do if I get a flat tire or need help?
Marshals and mechanics will be on the route, but you can get rolling again more quickly if you are prepared to fix your own flat. We recommend you come prepared with a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, and a portable pump.

What do I get after the ride?
Pick up your finishers medal, t-shirt, goodie bag and a beer voucher for 21 and older riders with valid identification.

How do I get my commemorative photo from the ride?
Photos will be available a few days after the ride at PhotoCrazy.com. To search for your photo, look for the time that you passed the photographer.

I lost something on the ride. How do I retrieve it?
Please contact LAriverride@la-bike.org.

I pre-ordered a jersey but was not able to pick it up. How do I get it?
Please contact LAriverride@la-bike.org.

What are good tips for riding at the River Ride?

  • Communicate verbally, signal, and watch out for your fellow riders. For example, when passing on the left, call out “on your left.” Do not pass on the right.
  • If you need to stop for some reason (other than to avoid a crash or obey a sign or signal), pull over to the right first and say “stopping” while signaling for a stop.
  • When turning, be aware of the other riders around you and maintain your line so you don’t cut someone off. Verbalize and signal your turns. Call out hazards like potholes, glass, etc.
  • Call out “rider up” “pedestrian up” or “car back” “car up” “car right” “car left” when appropriate. Repeat these alerts when you hear others around you say them.
    Share the path, both with other bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly on the Elysian Valley portion of the path.
  • Stay on the right side of the path and don’t try to pass other riders when there is an oncoming cyclist approaching.
  • Ride no more than two abreast.
    Obey all rules of the road when riding the on-street portions.
    If you have a mechanical problem or minor injury, if you are lost or need to be transported back to the start or a pit stop, look for a ride marshal (in orange vests or ride marshal jersey) or REACT member stationed at pit stops with a radio.
  • You can also call the non-emergency phone number printed on the cue sheet. In an emergency situation, call 911 immediately then flag down a ride marshal.
  • Use your route cue sheet that you can pick up at the start, along with route arrows to guide you. You can also view your route to your smartphone through our Ride With GPS page.

How do I share on Social Media?
We’d love you to share your #lariverride stories with your friends! Use hashtag #lariverride #bikela and tag @lacbc on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! We’d love to see your live stories and boomerangs all over social media! Make sure to follow @LACBC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you haven’t already! 

Kids’ Ride Questions

How old do kids need to be to participate in the kids’ ride and other rides?
The 2 mile kids’ ride is a free event and an extension of the kids’ festival, designed for rides under nine years old. The minimum recommended age for the 15-Mile Family Ride is six years if your child is riding his/her own bike. Younger children are welcome to participate in child seats, trailers, or trail-a-bikes. Riders over 10 years and older are recommended for the 15-mile family ride. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age recommended for the 62 mile ride is 14 years. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to pre-register for the kids’ ride?
We recommend that you pre-register all riders including the Kids’ ride so we know how many children are coming in advance and also to save you time the day of the ride. All 18 and under participants MUST be registered and accompanied by their parent or adult guardian.

Can my child participate in a longer ride?
Yes. Depending the childs’ riding experience and your riding pace. This assumes you are riding with a child seat, trailer or trail-a-bike. Consider your child’s ability to be a passenger or ride along for the time and distance you choose. You may be able to do the 36-mile ride, but keep in mind the pit stop closure times. We discourage attempting to do the 62 or 100-mile rides due to time constraints.

May I borrow a bike for the kids’ or family ride?
There will be a limited number of bikes for the 2 mile Kids’ ride and festival. Those participating in the Family Ride must provide their own bikes.

Does an adult need to be present for the family ride?
Yes. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or adult guardian. All riders must be register for the ride. The Family Ride registration fees covers (2) Adults and/or guardians riding with up to (3) children.