City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield opened a new car-free path for cyclists and pedestrians along L.A.’s river. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a celebratory bike ride took place on Thursday, April 21—a year ahead of schedule and below budget.
You can now ride 1.5 miles along the rivers from Owensmouth to Mason Avenue in Canoga Park. This is a small but integral stretch of the over 51-mile path envisioned in the river park, connecting established pathways that Blumenfield has helped implement over the years.
Today I welcomed bike advocates and city leaders to unveil the newest portion of the LA River Bike Path. Located at the headwaters of the River from Owensmouth Ave to Mason Ave, this 1.5 mile of new path connects to established portions we helped create over the past few years. pic.twitter.com/iaj6N3kPfV
— Bob Blumenfield (@BobBlumenfield) April 21, 2022
It will provide essential connections for more sustainable and eco-friendly routes through the city. Next on the schedule is a bikeway leading from Vanalden Avenue to Balboa Boulevard in the Sepulveda Basin.
“The LA River is such an incredible resource and we must invest in projects like this to bring it to its full potential,” said Councilman Bob Blumenfield. “Thanks to organizations like LACBC and our city partners, including LADOT and StreetsLA, for joining together as we continue to make L.A. a city where Angelenos can bike and walk without fear.”
While driving is still a dominant mode of transportation in the city, these new initiatives may ignite a much-needed shift. It also means those unable to afford cars can now move more swiftly and safely through the city—and it’s undoubtedly the most scenic route available.