Long-Awaited Bicycle Link Between Pasadena, Downtown LA Opens

Arroyo Seco Bicycle, Pedestrian Trail officially opens

Published : Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 4:51 AM

The Arroyo Seco Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail will take walkers, joggers, and cyclist along a nearly ¾-quarter mile stretch in the Arroyo. PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com

Lift up your kickstand or get on your running shoes because this weekend, local officials have opened the long-awaited bicycle link between the greater Pasadena area and downtown Los Angeles, the Arroyo Seco Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail.

“What’s most exciting about this is because the trail itself is fairly short, it’s a very attractive but it’s less than a mile,” John Pope, South Pasadena public information officer, said.

The trail, originally scheduled to open in February, saw some delays due to the Arroyo Seco Golf Course driving range, which had balls flying overhead a protective net that could have injured bikers or runners.

“It really provides now miles of thoroughfare for bicyclists that can commute to downtown from the Pasadena area and vice versa,” Pope said. “I think the key to this is it provides an access and a connection that didn’t exist before, and I think will be utilized by a lot of cyclists and pedestrians.”

The new path provides the connection to three different routes, according to Pope, who said it links two bicycle routes that go north toward Pasadena.

“Then it connects to the south just about a slight gap, but it’s an easy access to a bike trail that then goes into the downtown LA area,” he added.

The new trail, which cost $1.8 million, was made possible by the City of Pasadena, Los Angeles Regional Parks & Open Space District, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Committee and the Proposition C local return funds.

Pope said “the engagement and the interest” from the cash contributors shows what an asset the trail is to different communities that have different interests, particularly air pollution activists, who encourage more bike use.

“The fact that we were able to pull together successfully so many funding partners who were able to support this I just think really shows that this is a regional asset, and obviously South Pasadena is gonna take a lot of pride in it,” Pope said.

The grand opening will take place in South Pasadena at 1055 Lohman Lane and parking will be available near the Arroyo Seco Golf Course.

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