Monday, May 18, 2009

See the Arroyo Seco from the Seat of your Bike.

What's a great way to enjoy an urban river?

Many of us working in major cities to restore urban rivers know that connectivity with greenways and trails that link wildlife and people corridors are a key element of the restoration process.

These greenways provide a terrific opportunity to walk, bike, or (in certain areas) ride your horse along our historic streams and rivers, many of which are trying to free themselves from channelization.

In Los Angeles, bicycling is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy both the Los Angeles River and its Arroyo Seco River tributary through a combination of street and trail biking.

Even if you've never 'biked' along an urban river before, you'll want to join us at the inaugural 'Tour de Arroyo,' a 9.4 mile bicycle cruise that combines street biking with trail riding, including riding the in-channel Bicycle Path. This downstream ride is fun for both the average and experienced rider and is recommended for bicyclists ages 12 years and older, due to some of the urban streets the tour will take.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 30th, with sign-in at Pasadena's Memorial Park at 8:30am, the tour concludes at the Cornfields State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles at 10:30am with a rally and memorial in honor of bicycling activist Dennis Crowley.

After the rally, riders can either return to Pasadena by bike (average 3% uphill grade) or hop the Gold Line rail with their bike at the Chinatown Station and ride the train back to Pasadena.

The event, sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation, is co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, Council District I; the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; and the City of Pasadena.

Visit for details and to sign up.

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