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LAist Interview: LACityNerd, Part II

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This week, we ask LACityNerd some more technical questions on biking the LA River, money, art, cops and getting evicted. If you missed the Nerd last time, here is Part I.

When can we realistically bike commute via the LA River Trail from the Valley to Downtown LA?

The LA River trail may never connect completely from the Valley to Downtown - not until the hurtles of Warner Bros., CBS, and Universal Studios are overcome. All three own the property along the river in a way that would require them to give up currently used property for a bike way.

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There are issues of security that are of concern. Along CBS, you have the issue of the confluence of the Tujunga Wash; at Universal, the north side is part of Lakeside Golf Club; and Warner Bros. owns both sides (though Forest Lawn Drive could be an alternate here to bypass their property). So, these three obstacles really prevent a contiguous river path from existing easily.

So, realistically, it could be 25 years before those issues are worked out - just to get out of the Valley. As for the rest of the Route, the Right of way is there and most of the path could be built if funds were available. I would say the studios are the only thing stopping it from coming sooner.