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A view of the world famous Santa Monica Pier from the north. Image captured from video. Click to enlarge.© SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bicycle riding is trending upwards around the globe.
Almost everyone is beginning to realize just how much fun it can be – and healthy, too!
The Europeans are way ahead of the U.S. Their cities are much more bicycle-friendly, with ample bike lanes, less auto traffic and lots of places to lock up. Some folks don’t even see the need to lock their bikes.
In Southern California we have the ideal climate for outdoor sports, but this is Auto-Land USA – we are car crazy. But, in a way, we have to be. There is no surviving in Los Anglese without a car.
In recent years, however, the region is getting it. It offers its 8 million residents the finest cycling adventure of all: THE BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH!
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BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH – the movie
Back story continues below movie. Highlight reel as it bottom.
ALMOST EXACTLY FOUR YEARS AGO, I bought the first bike I have owned since childhood. Since then, I’ve ridden perhaps one thousand miles on it. Got my $300 worth!
My brother Tony had been an avid cyclist for many years in Cape Town, South Africa, with its unbeatable scenic drives. He guided me on some basic gear … like the quick-release front wheel, so I could stow it easily in the back of the car.
The official map of bike paths in the City of Los Angeles omits – for political reasons – the very best one of all.
During that first “endless summer” in 2010 I discovered the Marvin Braude Bike Path. It stretches more than 20 miles, from Malibu in the north to Palos Verdes in the south.
Check out the map, it may be impressive, but it’s wrong … in a sense. It is the City of Los Angeles, not the County – so it doesn’t show the best bike path on earth.
It follows the high-tide line (except for a short detour around Marina Del Rey) along the beach. Check out EVERYTRAIL’s map of it.
What an awesome experience.
I ride it summer and winter, weather permitting. It is never the same twice!
There you have it.
It’s not the concrete – four to five feet wide, paved in some parts, sandy often – that makes this the best bike path on earth: it’s the combination.
Thousands of (different) residents and tourists alike, every day.
The Malibu hills, the golden California strand, the vendors at Venice Beach, the muscle kings and queens, skateboarders, volleyballers … the list is endless.
Take a trip with your raconteur down the best bike path on earth. If you have a better idea, let’s see it in the comments… and I will keep the promise I made in the video.
See for yourself.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO HERE
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