Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap on the LA River bike path


There’s good news for cyclists, and particularly those who like to ride toward downtown Los Angeles from the southeast edge of the San Fernando Valley. But you’ll have to wait until the next decade for it to become a reality.

Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap with a bike path that would take you through downtown L.A, the agency announced on its blog this week.

For years, the Los Angeles River path has been incomplete, forcing cyclists to ride around the gap.

Right now, one stretch of the path along the river runs from Atlantic Boulevard in Vernon to downtown Long Beach. The other segment runs from Griffith Park, near the L.A. Zoo, to the Elysian Valley neighborhood, known to many Angelenos as Frogtown. That’s just north of downtown L.A.

But there’s no unifying path through downtown L.A. and south to Long Beach.

Under a plan funded by Measure M — the recent transit funding measure approved by voters — $365 million would help close that gap.

The Metro project, known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Project, would break ground some time between 2023 and 2026.

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