Look out, San Francisco; there’s a new Wiggle on the West Coast.
Allow us to introduce you to one of the most laid back bike routes you’ll find in Los Angeles county. Winding its way for 3.5 miles from the bike-friendly straightaways of San Vicente to the city center, it’s the kind of tour you’d expect from a beach town like Santa Monica: carefree and foolproof. As long as you can balance on two wheels and follow a series of alternating 90 degree turns, consider yourself more than qualified for the adventure.
The trail starts on the picturesque San Vicente Ave in northwest Santa Monica, turning east down the smoothly paved bike lanes of 26th Street. Once you hit Montana Ave, head south, working your way towards the bustling strip of shops and restaurants that has made this street such a popular thoroughfare for locals. Believe it or not, these first relatively traffic-free 1.3 miles are about as congested as the ride gets.
The course continues along this south/east split for its duration, vacillating between numbered streets (17th, 11th, 7th) and stately avenues (California, Arizona) before arriving at the home stretch of Broadway. Here you’re free to follow the bike lanes down to the Pacific bluffs, or hop off early to experience the shops and street performers along 3rd street promenade.
Honestly, that’s it: no caveats or qualifications. We know you’re used to a little more detail and history from these articles, but for once the description can be as gloriously uncomplicated as the ride itself. Simply find a rental that suits your style then take a morning to bike Santa Monica ’s less well-known streets.
We promise they’re not without their charm.