Biking in the AV


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Jennifer Klausner and I ride around the AV

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, drove up to the Antelope Valley from Los Angeles yesterday afternoon for a ride. She wanted to take a spin around the Valley, so I mapped out a route that would take us from Palmdale into Lancaster and back.

Essentially, we made a big loop from west Palmdale up 30th St West to Lancaster Blvd to THE BLVD to Sierra Highway. At Ave J, we picked up the Sierra Highway Bike Path and rode that to Ave O to 15th St West, which became Ave P-8, and back to 30th.

Ave O

Ave O between Sierra Highway and 10th St West

We were having so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures until we stopped for a snack on Ave O.

Jennifer Klausner

Jennifer Klausner stopping for a drink on Ave O

At this point, our notorious AV wind kicked up and made the rest of the ride even more interesting.

We saw only a few other riders. One of them was on THE BLVD. He was heading west and taking the lane. We saw a fellow riding on the bike path coming north from Palmdale towards Lancaster. We saw another guy riding in the wrong direction on the other side of Sierra through hotel parking lots and another rider coming up to the intersection of a street with the bike path, again on the wrong side of the street. I think of all the riders we saw, only one was proceeding on the proper side of the street.

We have our work cut out for us as far as educating AV bike riders how to ride safely.

When Jennifer comes back to the AV, she’d like to go mountain biking on the trails off Ave P-12. If you’d like to come along, let me know.