Shall We Gather At The River?

More than three years ago the Los Angeles Times gave me the opportunity to opine about the sorry state of cycling in the city. I opened with a look at what I called the Fletcher Divide:

To experience the full dysfunction of Los Angeles cycling, there’s no better place than the Los Angeles River Bikeway.

Its northernmost four miles, from Griffith Park to Atwater Village, are a pedaling paradise: smooth pavement, lighting, a dedicated bridge over Los Feliz Boulevard. But cross Fletcher Avenue and the riding gets rough. The aged asphalt is in various stages of disrepair, and cyclists are forced to negotiate a number of rough drainage ditches.

As Yoda might say, “A long way come we have baby.” Sure, looking at the greater LA bike infrastructure picture there’s an even loooonger way still to go, but as of this Saturday that divide is done as the long-unofficially opened LA River Path Extension through Elysian Valley is officially opened at 10 a.m. with a scheduled dedication ceremony taking place at noon.

At 9:30 a.m. the LA County Bike Coalition plans to lead a ride from the Autry Museum for the ride south to the festivities at Crystal Park, just north of Fletcher.

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