Where is the Expo Bike Path
July 11, 2017 11:54 AM
by Jason Kligier
Santa Monica’s beach bicycle path isn’t the only long, dedicated bike path in town! The Expo Bike Path opened on May 20, 2016, along with the Expo Light Rail, to help connect the city’s existing biking network. The path begins at 17th Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica and heads east along the Expo track to Overland Avenue in West Los Angeles. It continues east from Overland Avenue in a combination of on-street lanes and sharrows, passing through Culver City and eventually ending near the USC campus.
The Santa Monica portion of the path is 17 feet wide and accommodates bicycles and pedestrians. The path provides a pleasant daytime space for riders and walkers with drought-resistant trees, shrubs and groundcover. LED lighting illuminates the path at night, with four 9-1-1 call boxes and eight security cameras installed along the segment from Centinela Avenue to Stewart Street. Additional features include technology that detects the presence of people on bikes at midblock crossings and utilizes unique bike-only signals.
A great way to get to the path is along the city’s network of bike lanes—including the painted green lanes on 17th Street—or via Stewart Street south of Olympic Boulevard. Adding to the Expo path’s convenience, Breeze Bike Share stations are located at all Santa Monica Expo stations so even passengers without bikes can still catch a cool ride to their final destination.
The Expo path is great for your commute and for a leisurely weekend ride. We hope you’ll check it out!