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A Los Angeles Tour on the
Beach by Bicycle? Why Not?
Our Elite Adventure Tours vehicles are luxurious and spacious and a fine way to travel the many roads of Los Angeles as we sightsee and explore through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We can discretely ride through the neighborhoods of the rich and famous and visit celebrity homes without causing any disturbance. But sometimes our guests wish to see parts of the city that are best explored…on a bicycle. Namely, the beach. There is a 22-mile long Class 1 bike trail (no cars) extending from Pacific Palisades to Torrance through Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan and Redondo Beaches. This beautiful trail is flat and allows numerous opportunities to enjoy the local seashore communities of Los Angeles. This is good exercise without being strenuous. Bikes can be beach cruisers, street bikes, even tandems. Lovely cool sunny beach weather throughout the year means no matter when our guests desire a private bicycle tour the day will be perfect for it. Prefer smaller wheels? Let’s talk about inline skates then.
Our Private Tour Guests Marvel at Old Bicycle
We found out that once the mounting of this old “boneshaker” bicycle is accomplished riding along the boulevard is really quite fun. Oh, dismounting needs to be learned, too. Our private Los Angeles tour guests with us on Catalina Island were in for an educational treat when we encountered this bicycle enthusiast and his old-fashioned bicycle that was likely quite common on the island when this was a gambling and drinking destination for Los Angeles and the new Hollywood crowd during Prohibition. The old Avalon Casino is still there (the building) so why wouldn’t some of the old transportation modalities still be around? After a modern helicopter ride out to the island it was pleasant to look back in history at how we got around a mere 100 years ago.
Pedal Power Tour of Los Angeles
Bicycles were not invented in Los Angeles but they have a long history in this city by the beach with its 300+ nice biking days a year. The first bicycle pathway, completely separated for other traffic along its own elevated route, was a 9-mile wooden bikeway connecting downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. This illuminated toll-way (15¢ in 1897) soon became a part of history as the automobile ascended to transportation king in growing Los Angeles and the bikeway became the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Today there are more than 300 miles of dedicated bike paths along the coast and the aqueducts crisscrossing the city, through the parks and quickly appearing on major thoroughfares as Los Angeles truly begins embracing bicycle transportation. Our former mayor, Richard Riordan, was a great bicycle enthusiast and spearheaded a nascent movement to build additional safe passages for bikes through the city. We take our adventure loving private Los Angeles tour guests to Santa Monica or Venice to rent bikes to explore the 30 mile bikeway stretching along the coast between Torrance and Santa Monica. We can do the tour on tandem bikes or trikes as well as beach cruisers.
With Griffith Park in the background and the Los Angeles River below and to the right in the photograph, this uniquely designed bicycle bridge allows two-wheelers to safely cross a major thoroughfare as they ride for miles along the paved waterway. From time to time we have been requested by our private luxury tour guests to provide custom bicycle tours through parts of Los Angeles and this bicycle route along the river is as much fun as Ballona Creek and the beach. Hollywood and Beverly Hills are not bicycle friendly at this time though we can suggest a Beverly Hills Segway tour as something to do when you visit Los Angeles.