Long Beach Bike Paths
Many of us resolve to get outside more and there are few ways more enriching to do that than jumping on a bike and checking out what Long Beach has to offer. From spectacular bridge and beach views to park and art rides, here are a few ways to get rolling.
THE MARK BIXBY MEMORIAL BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PATH
This bike and pedestrian path runs along the south edge of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Its 1.5 miles rises 205 feet above the Port of Long Beach, offering spectacular views of the port, San Pedro Bay and much of the city’s coastline. The eastern end of the path is at Pico Avenue and Pier E Street, and the westernmost end is at the intersection of the 710 Freeway and State Route 47.
SHORELINE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE PATH
The most popular trail in the city, this paved, three-mile stretch from Shoreline Village to Alamitos Bay is a 17-foot wide path ribboning through the beach. If you find yourself in need of a bike, you can rent one at Wheel Fun Rentals (429 Shoreline Village Dr.) in Shoreline Village. The path winds through great breakfast/brunch options, most notably local icon Chuck’s Coffee Shop (4120 E. Ocean Blvd.) and Saltwater Deck (2630 E. Ocean Blvd.) located on the beach.
EL DORADO PARK BIKE PATH
The four-mile bike trail runs through the 450-acre regional park, taking you past trees, foliage, ducks and ponds. Though El Dorado Park (7550 E. Spring St.) is located within the city and borders the 605 Freeway, you’ll feel a million miles away from all that as you pedal along, with lots of great niches to escape into and enjoy a picnic. And, if you’re in need of a bike, Wheel Fun Rentals has a location in the park renting both bikes and two- and four-rider surreys.
DOWNTOWN MURAL TOUR
Since 2015, Long Beach has added more than 100 public murals to buildings throughout the city, created by artists participating in the Long Beach Walls festival. Take a look at this map and you’ll see many are located in Downtown Long Beach, meaning you can customize your own art-driven cycling tour. It makes for a lovely ride and, if you’re in need of a bike, there’s plenty available to rent through the Long Beach Bike Share program.