South Bay ‘Along the Beach’

From Palos Verdes North to the Marina

South Bay Route
Cycle on the sand

This portion of the beach trail runs southward from Marina Del Rey, and has the most naturally spectacular scenery.

The route follows a flat, curving path that snakes among the dunes of Dockweiler Beach State Park; in Manhattan Beach it’s more like a broad boardwalk, and near King Harbor it’s commercial – you’ll have to dismount for part of the way through this busy shopping area.



There are plenty of restrooms, restaurants, snack stands, bike rental and repair shops, and path access along the entire route. A great ride, but read cyclists’ warnings!

Google Maps has one showing the entire beach path, from Santa Monica to Redondo.

Thos Guide pp 702, 732, 762, 792.

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Viewer Comment:

When riding the South bay portion of the bike path a group of regulars started to detour the portion south of the Redondo Beach Pier (walking bike required), and stayed on the street called the Esplanade due to large sand drifts on the bike path during the winter and had many encounters with the RB Police that would describe a progam of educating bicylist in particular with very expensive vehicle code citations that included failing to stop completely at stop signs and standing on the public sidewalk with your bike. We felt that we rode thru this area as concerned, law abiding citizens but were singled out for these tickets (>$271). – – – Steve Hanna

I also had a bad experience with the Redondo Beach Police at the Redondo Beach Pier while riding on the South Bay Trail.

I know that this path gets very busy with people later in the day, so I ride early in the morning. On a June Gloom Sunday morning at 9:00 am (almost home from my ride), I got nailed with an $80.00 ticket for not walking my bike through the area.

I saw the signs, but never realized that I could be fined.(I’ve never heard of being fined for not walking your bike on an official bike path.) Does this mean that if I would happen to be a pedestrian walking on the bike path that I could be fined? I plan to fight this in court. I’ll give you an update after the trial. Debbie Fend 7/00.

One does not have to walk one’s bike 1/4 mile through the pier – the requirement that you walk your bike through the pier parking structure was eliminated long ago, and there is now only a short (200 feet?) mandatory bike walk area across the pedestrian zone from the parking area to the start of the beach at the south end of the pier.

The major bike walk area is not in Redondo, but in Hermosa Beach (albeit only on crowded weekends) and it extends for about two blocks on either side of Pier Ave, although this is easily bypassed by either riding along adjacent alleyways or on Hermosa Ave.

Beach Hotel


  1. Liz

    I rode the path Tuesday, it was great and no problems with police. I had more of a problem with people walking on the bike only path between Manhattan and Playa Del Rey. The path was clear of sand and debris and it was overall a great ride. 4/5/11

  2. Dan

    I ride from LAX to Hermosa pier then back north to the marina nearly every day. The path is typically clear of debris and sand, but is often filled with dog walkers and baby strollers on the weekends.
    I see a street sweeper running the length of Hermosa at least once weekly and have not gotten a flat in over 3,000 miles.

  3. Angie

    Anyone ever ride this path at night? I’m looking to fit in a ride in the evenings, and am wondering about safety and such.. I would want to ride north, probably from around redondo or manhattan, to MDR and back.

    • Mike

      Hey Angie,

      I’ve been out riding that path before at night (9pm 11pm) – Started in South Redondo Beach then to Marine Del Rey and back. Overall it’s pretty safe – I would strongly recommend having a front light on and maybe a rear red light just in case. You can pick those up at any south bike store.

  4. Wolfman

    You have watch out for all the drunks and inconsiderate people on the weekends

  5. Mike

    Redondo Beach Bicycle Ticket Information:

    The Redondo Beach Police love to give tickets going through the path/parking lot around the pier. Make sure to walk your bike where they have the signs; otherwise it’s a $180.00 + ticket.

    I got one last year in Oct 2011 – It was a Wednesday afternoon (2:00 PM) with no one in sight.

  6. dean

    Years ago we got the path improved thru the Pier so only walking is required in the small area. More importantly is getting a bike path thru king harbor. The so bay bicycle masterplan is no help either. they have a suggest bikepath on one side of the street-bad idea. send in your comments.

  7. Wolfman

    I live in north Redondo near Inglewood Ave and the ride down and back to and from the beach is grusome with all the steep hills and grades as I have to get off my bike and walk it half the way. Help

    • Spartanofsat

      I know its kind of out of the way but in order to completely get around the hills it may be a good idea to ride up inglewood, go down 190th, going down anza (which actually has a bike lane), then going down torrance, this is a much easier ride and I find it faster than going up the hill on 190th or using artesia. This path also takes you directly to Kings Harbor (the place where ppl have to walk their bikes) its a 2 mile ride to the end of the trail, and its marked.

    • charliebrown

      Electric bike

  8. Hugh

    Playa Del Rey residents are FED UP with high speed cyclists blazing down Trolley way, or flying off the public beach access path onto Trolley way without looking for cars or pedestrians. Slow down or stay on the bike path.

    This is a neighborhood, not your personal velodrome. Ditto for the service road in front of the condos. SLOW DOWN around people on the public beach access and service road. Peds should NOT be on the bike path – agreed.

    WE ARE SO SICK OF BAD ATTITUDE JERKS IN LYCRA who think they own the roads.

    For the polite riders out there – thank you. Tel your aggressive bretheren they do you a disservice.

    We’ll be covering the service road with sand and rocks to slow y’all down by the condos going forward.

    • Mike

      Hugh, how many pedestrians do you estimate have been run down and injured in Playa Del Rey by bicycles? As far as “blasting” off the bike path and onto Trolley Way, that’s not even an option as the turn out of the little access driveway onto the street precludes going around that turn very fast.

      Bicyclists and pedestrians come out on the very short end of the stick when facing off against cars. And creating hazards by piling sand or rocks on the frontage road will only end up causing police action against you for injuring someone when they hit the ground.

      I have been riding through that area weekly for the last 10 years. The last tragic death of a pedestrian was by a hit and run driver who killed a young woman just up the road from you where Pershing joins Culver. Speeding cars are the issue and the danger out there, not bicyclists.

      Even if you have to wait a second to cross the street how bad can that be? Everyone take a breath and think “What will my actions end up causing?”

    • wade

      What a douchebag. Putting out sand and rocks??? Do you wish to injure all cyclists or just the “bad attitude jerks in lycra”. Does it have to be a full kit or does any lycra enrage you? Maybe you should put some sand and rocks and perhaps some oil on the road to inconvenience and endanger drivers who have the temerity to speed through the area as well. You (or should I say y’all) are a choad.

  9. Mike

    I do all my riding in the middle of the night. I generally depart my house (I live adjacent to the Santa Monica Airport in Mar Vista) about 2 AM and return anyplace from 90 minutes to 180 minutes later, depending upon the route I choose. I find the South Bay beach bike path to be very enjoyable, depending on when the street sweeper has been over it to clean the sand up. If the weather has been bad and I feel the bike path will be too sandy I take surface streets the whole way.

    On my long weekend cycling event I ride Centinela Ave. to Culver Blvd. and then swing up Pershing Dr. to Imperial Hwy. I turn east and take the first little pedestrian/bike turn through which puts me on Hillcrest. I then snake my way up and down the silent streets of El Segundo to Grand Ave. and then go east again until I hit Sepulveda. It’s really something to paralleling the Chevron Refinery as I ride along. You don’t realize how big that place is until you ride two sides of its perimeter.

    Then I go south to N Valley Dr. and follow it until it crosses Herondo and it turns into N Francisca then N Gertruda which finally ends at N Catalina. I follow N Catalina to Esplanade and finally on to Vista Del Mar and then take that very steep little connector down to the S end of the Bike Path by the restrooms.

    I then head home, either via the bike path or take the streets running parallel to the beach through Redondo/Hermosa/Manhattan Beach if too sandy on the bike path. The entire route is about 40 miles or so and normally takes me 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

    Very relaxing middle of the night riding with little traffic, no skin cancer concerns and enough opossums and racoons and even coyotes to keep me entertained. I run two high intensity headlights on low power and one really bright flashing red taillight on the rear. I’ve really never had a close, close call – all though a few weeks ago two yahoos in a red mustang chucked a 2/3’rds full coke at me. Lucky for me it was in a paper cup and it hit my only my arm…I wouldn’t have wanted to be riding the second half of my long ride with sticky coke dripping down through my helmet and face!

  10. Kevin J

    So what ended up happening with that ticket and how much was it? I just got one today at redondo pier for not walking my bike. The signs looked more like suggestions than laws.

  11. Mike

    Kevin, if you are ever riding through the pier again and want to safely ride through without having to walk your bike then just prior to the “walk” section (when going South bound like most riders) you turn L into the parking lot and follow it around to the delivery bay area. You come out at the little parking kiosk on the S side of the pier and you can then ride around the little semi-circle cul-de-sac and continue on down toward the end of the path where it runs into the PV peninsula and little bathrooms & snack bar complex where that very short and steep ramp runs up to the parking lot and street above.

  12. Lorrie M


    • Mike

      Hi Lorrie,

      As adults you are given the option of wearing (or not) a helmet. I won’t ride without one having taken at least one that cracked my helmet (in place of cracking my head open). So I encourage you both to wear helmets. The “tickets” being discussed here are the result of riders going through a small section of the Redondo Beach pier complex without walking their bikes in a posted “walk” section.

      As far as the bike path you only have a few places where you are on the street rather than a bike path completely separate from cars. One place is just after you exit the Redondo Beach pier area going N toward Santa Monica for about a mile or so before you pick up the bike path as a separate entity as you enter Hermosa Beach. In the busy summer months there is another “walk” section of the path right by the Hermosa beach pier as well.

      You can stay on the bike path through Hermosa and if you ride all the way to the stairs (very short flight) you can dismount and carry your bike up to the bike path that takes you all the way through Manhattan Beach and El Segundo and El Porto in to the Marina Del Rey area where you’ll be forced to ride on the street again for a mile or so with a short section going through a little park in the Marina separate from the street as it passes the Ritz Carlton hotel and Tony P’s Dockside Grill off to your left as you head N.

      Finally you come out at Washington Blvd. and you turn L toward the beach and ride about 3/4’s of a mile on the street before you pick up the bike path again with no more street riding all the way to the Santa Monica pier and even beyond (all the way to Temescal Canyon where the bike path officially ends on the N end).

      Even on the “street” stretches the bike path is still painted on the street and you don’t have the cars right next to you. You just need to be on the lookout for drivers getting out of their cars and swinging their doors open as you ride by and those drivers who want to turn right as you are trying to ride across the intersection going straight.

  13. Lorrie M


  14. New Rider

    I recently started riding my bike from my home, which is in Redondo Beach, to my office, which is on the corner of Sepulveda and Grand in El Segundo. Does anyone have any suggestions of streets to take from the Strand to my office? I have been taking Grand, but it is so hilly. I was wondering if there are any flatter streets that will take me from the Strand to Sepulveda, perhaps in Manhattan Beach.

    • Mike

      Did you ever try any other alternative routes? The best thing about riding via the bike path to Grand Ave. in El Segundo is the fact that you are “off the street” for the most part. You could try something like cutting over to N. Valley and riding that to Sepulveda and going N to your office. But you won’t be on a protected bike path for that ride. The only other solution I can think of is ride past Grand to Imperial Hwy. and take that to Sepulveda. It’s more of a long, slow grind without the big up and down hill sections on Grand. Once you get to Sepulveda then head back south to your office. Good luck.

  15. Max

    My son and his friend also had a bad experience at RB pier on bikes. My son’s friend was sitting on his bike and pushing himself along with the balls of his feet, Fred Flintstone style, and was stopped by RBPD, who asked him a lot of profiling questions such as his ehtnicity, age, name, where he lived, etc. My son was very surprised by the officer’s behavior, which seemed to him like harassment. It seems to me that if the RBPD is going to behave this way, the kids should have an attorney present before answering any questions. Bear in mind, these were kids travelling at walking speeds, not racers travelling 30 mph and creating a clear danger for peds.

  16. Lorrie M

    Ok Thank you for answering

  17. Duane

    We’re now quite careful to walk our bikes between the signs at the RB pier, having frequently noticed the PD writing out tickets to cyclists there.

    As they do this, you can often look south to see 3 and 4 pedestrians strolling or jogging along the middle of the bike path, and completely blocking it to cycle traffic from both directions, ignoring the adjacent pedestrian path, and ignoring the signs painted on the surface of the path which read “BICYCLES ONLY.”

    Why aren’t these lawbreakers being ticketed?

  18. Daryl

    What about rollerblades / inline skates, do they get tickets? I’m thinking about buying a pair.

    Do people on rollerblades get tickets? I can’t exactly dismount my rollerblades, unless of course they expect me to walk in my socks, which wouldn’t surprise me.

    • Matt

      Daryl, you don’t have to remove your skates, but, obviously, you should slow down and be extra careful since there’s tons of pedestrians crossing at the pier. I skate through this area all the time and I’ve never had any problems.

  19. Joe

    “very expensive vehicle code citations that included failing to stop completely at stop signs and standing on the public sidewalk with your bike.”

    Wait, so you can get a ticket for just standing on the sidewalk with your bike? For how long and what if you’re just walking your bike for a brief moment? This is all so confusing.

  20. Joe

    I just did this path with my brand new bike and my goal was to reach Marina Del Rey on the bike path, about a 15 mile ride, as I am a total noob. I live in Hermosa on the Strand and rode out at 1:45am when it’s nice and peaceful and I got back around 3am. Very scenic and being out in the night ocean air hearing the loud waves crash and seeing the stars is quite different than just sitting and talking about it.

    When I lived in Redondo, I didn’t have a bike so I didn’t know they were so strict there. During the day at the Hermosa Pier, there are lights that flash when you have to walk your bike and signs that tell you when the zone begins/ends. When passing the MB pier, I didn’t see any signs that said you have to get down and walk so I didn’t.

    Away from “civilization”, make sure you have a really good light if you’re riding at night so you can see the sand drifts in time to stop and walk. My light was not bright enough and I crashed twice into the soft sand. The path quality varies greatly, from smooth pavement to tarmac with cracks and broken joints so my bike, with its thin tires felt twitchy. There are stops you can make along the way that have drinking fountains and they are well lit, but a lot of the path has no lighting at all. Riding past a parking lot full of occupied RVs around the LAX area was absolutely nauseating with the smell of human waste filling the air. I much preferred the refinery. By the airport, I was afraid a jumbo jet flying overhead was gonna drop luggage or an engine on me lol.

    I never really thought about safety, but I suppose if someone wanted to attack you on the path out in the darkness, you could be a bit vulnerable. Check out . It looks pretty safe, though.

    • Mike

      After 10+ years of riding the bike path in the 2 AM to 5 AM time slot and never meeting anyone remotely interested in me for a criminal purpose (other than the two drunk yahoos who pitched a paper cup 3/4’s full coke at me in Redondo Beach at 3 AM once) I feel safe in saying that your luck would have to be running really, really bad to have something happen while riding your bike in that area at that time of night.

      Good bike lighting is a must. Not only headlights, but a tail light as well. Soft sand is at times a concern, but if you get set for it your likelihood of falling is very slight. A helmet is highly recommended as you just never know when a low speed collision with your head and the street will do permanent damage to the soft “jelly” inside.

      I put in 2.5 hours Saturday morning (from 1:30 AM until my return at 4:05 AM) down through Santa Monica Canyon, up to Sunset Blvd. via the Mesa, Latimer, Brooktree route and then W on Sunset to the beach, before finally heading south to LAX before turning inland on Culver Blvd and back to home base here in Mar Vista.

      • Joe

        Mike, glad to hear you’ve been safe riding all those years, makes me feel better about riding at night as my schedule doesn’t really allow any other time. I just rode from Hermosa to Marina Del Rey, turned around to PV, then back home to Hermosa ~24 miles. I’ll only ride on weekdays to avoid the weekend late night crowd, but at 2am, I still ran into some people walking 4 wide blocking the path and also some couples making out in the dark lol. I must be gaining strength as I don’t even struggle at all with the mild hills on the path like I used to.

        Unfortunately, my still noobish quality caused me to crash on an empty street in Redondo when I tried to reach down for my water bottle. I got a few bruises, but at least my bike was unscathed. Luckily I was wearing spandex tights for warmth and if anyone saw me, they’d be laughing at that first.

        So yes, I’d say PV, Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan bike paths, lined with oceanfront mansions are absolutely safe at night/early morning. The remoteness and darkness of the Marina Del Rey area paths are probably safe too, but stay frosty.

  21. JP

    Hey everyone,

    Love the forum! Just an FYI, I ride along the Redondo Riviera/Redondo/Herondo/Hermosa/Manhattan/Dockweiler/Marina Del Rey Path about 3-5 days a week depending on that quad burn. I have a solid route that I follow starting most nights about 6:30-7pm. Starting at Ave H. in Redondo/Redondo Riviera along the Esplanade NORTH BOUND, this path initially has a designated bike path and is up and away from the actual crowded strand. If you follow the Esplanade through the end of the bike path (It’s a short distance) you will merge into some VERY light traffic areas but can continue onto Catalina ave and avoid the entire Redondo Beach Pier itself and all the “walk your bike” bs. The traffic in this area seems to very mindful of bikers and will give you the 3ft minimum if not more (just try and stay as far right as you reasonably can)Once on Catalina continue south and make a left on Beryl St. You can merge into traffic and take the left turn lane or jump into the cross walk, up to you, I take the lane. Beryl will take You down to Harbor Dr. Go right and right into the waiting bike path, then you have a choice at Herondo ave you can make a left and jump onto the strand (at night it’s not too crowded and it’s a nice ride WITH A FRONT LIGHT!) but i’d rather stay on Harbor which turns into Hermosa Ave and stay right, stay mindful of traffic, its still fairly light through this area plus you can spin through the road instead of mashing it up on the strand because your worried about stupid peds. Hermosa Ave will take you the full length of the Hermosa strand, at the end you can easily merge onto the designated Manhattan Bike Path. Its awesome! They actually separate the peds and bikes with a nice 5-6ft space of greenery. You can spin to your hearts delight right through Manhattan. (Just slow down a bit once you hit the pier cause you’ll have the occasional drunk jump out on the strand.) Up to this point it’s fairly flat lands and an easy ride to push yourself on. Once you pass the Manhattan Pier you can continue thru, you’ll soon feel it it getting a bit darker and darker as the street lights get a bigger and bigger gap. Once you make the steer left and see the big long fence to your right, you’re heading into Doclwieler. This a nice stretch of road, this is also where that good front light you invested in will come into play. It can get fairly dark (The only light is coming from the factory) and there are a couple of bums that call that beach front property home. After that stretch you’ll hit your first moderate climb and push up into Dockwieler. This entire time since you got onto the Manhattan Bike Path you are away from cars and no worries. The only car is the occasional cop car crusin to make sure you dont get raped, which I like. Im a guy but I have a gentle soul and hole :). Anyway, this strand ride will take you through Dockwieler and all the way to the end and will curve you into Marina Del Rey. Keep an eye out for patches of sand but the city does a nice job of keeping the path clean which is great. But keep your eyes open! Once you curve into Marina Del rey you’ll see a bridge to your left, go over that baby (This is where most cyclist stop and rest) but I press on! You’ll see a small two lane bike/Ped path, this is where is push myself and spin like crazy, 100+ RPM. It’s a smooth/flat path and a fairly short distance. Again, make sure you have a GOOD FRONT LIGHT! After that you have two options, you will see a continuation of the path (Which is actually the Culver City Path) or you can steer left and go into the actual marina. If you go into the Marina and ride until you hit the first traffic light then congrats, you just put in about 10 miles and can turn around and head back to Ave H for a total 20mile ride. I usually press on a bit more (But that means risking a bit heavier traffic) so I can get a min 30miles total. BUT if you choose to continue onto the Culver City Path (Which I only do on weekends during the DAY) you can ride that to the end and you’ve put it in a solid 20miles then bust a U and finish with a great 40miler when you get back to Ave. H. All the way through to Marina Del Rey I have always felt safe but the Culver City Path has a little bit of a shadier feel to me so I keep that one for the weekend day trips. Anyway, I ride this almost every night and love it, if you see me on my Cannondale feel free to say hello and join in on the ride!

  22. Chris

    I was wondering if the bike path is clear from construction. I live in South Redondo and I bike to Marina Del Rey and back, but haven’t done it for a few months because they’ve had the path closed at various spots and the one road I won’t ride on is Vista Del Mar in El Segundo. So can anyone fill me in?????

    • Nick

      The path is clear from construction! The path is open. I’ve riding through for the past month now. Enjoy the ride, again!

  23. Naomi S

    Does anyone know if there’s a full moon ride tonight, or if it’s safe to ride at night?

    • James

      I am interested in taking this route starting somewhere between Torrance and Redondo Beach to ride to work in Santa Monica. Can any one give me some suggestions on where would be the best place to park my car (from maybe 7am to 6pm). Thanks!

  24. Kevin

    I was riding my bike at around 9:55 p.m. on a Saturday night coming home from the gym. All of a sudden at a stoplight, i was cut off by a cop car and a woman and male officer approached me and asked a series of questions such as “what are you doing? Where do you live? Why are you out on a bike at this time?” Im 16 years old by the way haha. The Redondo Beach officers are real pushovers for bikes in my opinion that’s BS. The officers noticed that I go to Redondo Union and they let me go with a warning, and told me that I HAVE to get a bike light on both the front and the rear of my cruiser bike. I was riding my bike on the sidewalk also and it was a waste of time for me and the countless reckless drivers that the POLICE should really be worrying about. My advice is if your a biker in Redondo Beach, just follow the rules because there always will be that kinda cop that gives you a ticket for riding a bike when not “supposed” to. Redondo Beach PD can go smd.

  25. Bruce

    I road the Strand Yesterday with my daughter, and there appears to be Construction again on the outskirts of Venice heading toward Manhattan. Its been Awhile since I’ve ridden the Strand and I can’t remember when the trail leaves the beach, Did I miss the signs due to construction? I thought the trail went way beyond venice before going off the beach and it looked like they just ripped the whole thing out.

  26. Kirk

    My wife and I just started riding the South Bay portion of the strand. There is a sign to WALK at the MANHATTAN BEACH PIER. It’s just a portable sign, so I don’t know if it’s only put out on the weekend.

    • Matt


      There are three places along the bike path where you might be required to dismount and walk your bike. One is at the Redondo Beach pier, which has a short, permanent section where walking your bike is mandatory 365 days a year. Another is at the Hermosa pier, which has a section a few blocks long with flashing red lights that get turned on during summer months and other busy times. The third place is the Manhattan Beach pier, where lifeguards place portable signs announcing that bicyclists must dismount. These are only put out during exceptionally busy days, like during a volleyball tournament

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  28. Jim Beattie

    Someone’s giving the RV guys a bad rap, there’s a treatment plant the other side of the highway, that’s where the smell comes from and only occasionally. The only smells coming from the RV park are BBQ and sunscreen.

    Happy riding it’s one of the best paths, keep it safe and keep it clean.

    • Reg

      I agree with Jim above. I’ve ridden past the RVs many times and there is no obnoxious odor there (the bbq smells good)!

      The treatment plant, however, can sometimes smell. No big deal, though — it’s a quick ride through.

  29. Mark Lindey

    The section of the bike path on Fiji Way, which is in the southern edge of Marina Del Rey, now has a painted bike lane in both directions.

    There is even a striped section between the bike lane and the auto lane, so you don’t have cars passing inches from your handle bars.

  30. Robert Abooey

    My usual ride starts in Venice near Rose Ave and Main St. I head south on Main and work my way down to the bike lane on Washington and then follow it through MDR to the bike
    path that runs along the beach in Playa del Rey and then down to the Manhattan Beach Pier.

    This is my favorite ride and I try to do it early in the morning to avoid all the amateurs who walk down the middle of the bike path or cross it without looking. I have been doing this ride for years and hope to do it for many more years to come.

    Even though there is a little portable sign that tells you to dismount from your bike, I just turn left into the little parking lot and ride real slow with one foot because I have clipless peddles which are hard to walk on. I have never had a problem doing this and am very careful to watch out for pedestrians, especially little kids who can be very unpredictable.

    I stay away from the Hermosa and Redondo sections of the BP because of the aforementioned problems with the cops sighting you for BS “violations”. I got a ticket for riding my bike though King Harbor many years ago. I told the cop that this is like shooting fish in a barrel and a chicken s— way to raise revenue for the city.

  31. terri

    I recently began riding the path from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes. I think it is so unfair that where it clearly says on the path, “Bikes Only” that pedestrians and skaters use the path. On the other hand, cyclists are fined if they don’t walk their bikes in certain areas near the Manhattan Beach pier. Same thing in Venice and Santa Monica.

  32. Lou

    Greetings: I’m new to this listserve. I don’t get to ride the LA beach bike path often because I live over 2,000 miles away in Cleveland. I plan to ride again in March when I’ll be in LA for a meeting. I could probably use some advice on favorite eateries in the Redondo Beach stretch. I’m impressed with the problems cyclists have to face if they ride in areas where they are supposed to walk. Aren’t there any cyclists or bike-friendly types in local and state legislatures to help represent cyclist interests?

  33. Shelli Ignacio

    FYI, The beach path at Dockweiler is completely torn up. All concrete is gone and the DOT is diverting cyclists up to Vista Del Mar. The right hand lane is closed off for now. Hopefully they will be finished with construction by April or May before Memorial Day traffic. My husband and I really love the path from Will Rogers to Redondo Beach and back! 🙂

  34. ronald

    stupidist law i ever heard of. why build a bike path for no bike riding if you have to walk

  35. Wendy

    My husband and I love riding our bikes and occasionally get caught in tight squeezes with pedestrians, but guys you need to remember that pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. The law states that bikers ride no faster than 5 mph when pedestrians are present. Some bikers are very aggressive and will mow people down, yell at kids and families, and hit dogs and children. It’s dangerous and embarrassing to watch these aggressive riders behave in this manner. If you feel the need to speed and do not want to share the boardwalks with pedestrians then you belong in the street with the cars, or ride at night.

  36. momo

    I was walking on the path between Palos Verdes and the Redondo Beach pier heading south toward Palos Verdes the other day as a pedestrian. It was the short stretch of the path between the pier and the avenues where it’s a bike path only and it’s not a shared path. Pedestrians have to walk on the sand or walk up the stairs to get to the street sidewalk or they are forced to walk on the path.

    Me and my friends decided to walk on the path on the side just like everyone else does and a biker decided to pull over and curse at us for walking on the path and commanding us to get on the sand. I asked him who was going to make us and he flipped out and began cursing at us even more loudly and kicking at us from his bike to the point where we almost had to put our hands on him.

    Was it illegal for me to walk on that stretch of the path? It seemed like the logical choice and countless other pedestrians were on the path so I don’t understand why me and my friends were treated like this especially since we were to the far side of the path right next to the sand and there was plenty of room for groups of bikers in both directions to pass us by. Also just 100 meters ahead of us was the shared path for both pedestrians and bikers. It seemed like that short stretch between the pier and around Avenue F or G was the only part of the path that was bike only and the rest of the path between Avenue H and Rat Beach was shared.

  37. J Solorio

    It’s a very nice and smooth bike bath, I just don’t agree with the walking the bike thru certain areas, also there’s lots of people walking thru the bike path and some just wont move, I prefer riding in long beach over by Belmont shores.

  38. mel

    I love this bike path. I like to lock up my bike and hang out with the giant pelicans that try to steal the fishermen’s fish on the Redondo pier. sometimes there are dolphins checking out paddleboarders in Hermosa. and there are hang-gliding classes alongside the bike path in el Segundo. the Hermosa pier and the manhattan pier have beautiful views. the roller coaster on the santa monica pier is fun. i ride this path weekdays or early mornings on weekends. i’m not slow but i’m not too fast. i like to get in a zone and go. this is not easy to do during the summer and holidays when there is a lot of tourist traffic. people in venice walk on the bike path. people at dockweiler beach walk on and across the bike path. where manhattan and Hermosa meet, the bike path is very busy with people going to the beach. and Hermosa the path is shared so i usually stay on the street. so again, on weekends and holidays if you don’t like to dodge people, go very early. i have read all of the complaints regarding being ticketed for not walking bikes in designated areas. these breaks take only minutes. and if you haven’t ridden in a while, your butt might enjoy the circulation. i used to think people’s heads cracked like a nursery rhyme rendering of humpty dumpty because of what i had witnessed as a kid on this bike path. these walk zones have made a difference. enjoy yourself and please wear a helmet. and don’t leave money in your pockets, especially women’s pants, because you’ll lose it.

  39. J Solorio

    It’s a very nice and smooth bike path, I just don’t agree with the walking the bike thru certain areas, also there’s lots of people walking thru the bike path and some just wont move, I prefer riding in long beach over by Belmont shores.

  40. Wendy

    I just rode from the jetty in MdR to Hermosa pier. It was a splendid ride, except when I got near Hermosa and sure enough, an astonishing number of unaware people blocked the bike path.

    It’s the furthest I’ve gone (I usually turn at the power plant) so I came here to see if I could get the distance. Instead, I’d love to know what the reality is of the Hermosa flashing lights. Every single other cyclist I saw was riding, not walking. So were 2 skateboarders and a bunch of roller bladers. I saw everyone ignoring the lights, and the walkers ignoring everyone on wheels of any kind, but it all worked out fine. I didn’t dismount. What is the fine if I do someday get caught?

    (PS – It’s pre-Christmas weekend, so that could explain the crowds!)

  41. Rick

    Keep a watch while riding in Redondo Beach, RBPD have a cash grab going ticketing bike riders for upwards of $500. The city needs money and what a great way to get it rather than stopping crime harass someone trying to work out or just save fuel. I was a very big support of RBPD, but no more they got $500 from and managed to increase my insurance for riding my bike…

  42. midwest native

    I have been riding the SB trail since I moved here in 1996 and absolutely love it. I always obey all the elk signs in Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa. I also obey traffic laws. At some stop signs, I will if traffic permits, not actually stop to the point of putting my feet on the pavement which has never gotten me into trouble. Several weeks ago, while riding on Catalina and preparing to turn left (onto the street between salvation army and crowne plaza) I was stopped by the RDPD. It was about 830 on a weekday. I had started moving out of the bike lane, just before the last traffic light before the turn) across the other 2 lanes in order to reach the 2 turning lanes in time. Traffic was heavy and I am guessing most were speeding. The officer made quite a scene stopping on one of the thru lanes. I was in the right turn lane. He told me, in a huff, that I was to be cited for impeding traffic by crossing from the turn lane too soon. I asked him when I could start the process and explained my reasons on this day at this time. I was not given a good reason, basically its at the officers discretion. He asked fir my driver license. I asked if I was required to have one to ride a bicycle on public streets, letting him know I did not have one on me. He then asked for state ID. I explained I do not have one on my person or for that matter don’t have one at all. He again lectures about impeding traffic, I am being officially warned and also told that future infractions when I am not in possession of a state issued ID would require arrest until identification is established and a determination is made as to the handling of my case (issuance of citation and release on my own recognizance, etc.). So, if you are riding your bicycle in Redondo (or anywhere else according to a customer in Torrance Performance Bicycle who now has a helmet cam operational at all times due to harassment by multiple municipalities) obey all the laws or you will be arrested (and probably take the place of one of the felons being sent to county lock up that will be released so you, the real criminal, can be locked up.

  43. mcfly1982

    Love the South bay trail. I usually ride from unincorporated Lennox, down Imperial or Arbor Vitae and once on the beach, go South until the trail ends or North to Will Rogers. I haven’t had any issues with RBPD or any law enforcement for that matter, along the bike path. Once I hit RB pier, I dismount anyway and take a breather by walking up and down the pier. Beautiful ride each and every time. Lately, Ive been riding to and from Sand Dune Park via the same path. So, I get double the workout 🙂 Great website btw

  44. Heidi

    Hi there! I am new to town and live in Long Beach. I’ve been riding from Long Beach to Newport Beach, but would really like to explore redondo/hermosa/Manhattan beach. Is there a route with bike paths from long beach to those areas?

    Any info is much appreciated.

  45. Simon

    The dedicated cycle lane on Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (in front of the power station) has now been completed, making this section of the South Beach cycle path much more bike-friendly.

  46. David

    Rode this path for decades. Unfortunately, there isn’t an inch remaining where bicycles have the right of way on a ‘bike path.’ It’s been totally taken over by skateboarders, skaters, pedestrians, joggers, baby strollers and police cars, all of which have NO RESTRICTIONS. Only bicycles face restrictions and fines.


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