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A Few Miles, 36 Miles, 100 Miles? The L.A. River Ride is Sunday

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Have you ever taken a bike ride down the Los Angeles River between Griffith Park and Long Beach? The bicycle path along it is not fully complete, but it's enough to make a good ride out of. For the past 10 years, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has organized a River Ride fundraiser, pedaling out thousands of cyclists.

This year the event is offering six different rides: 100- (map), 70-, 50- and 36-mile rides (map), as well as a family (map) and kid’s rides, which is new to this year. The longer distance rides go down the L.A. River and back -- basically the longer the ride you choose, the closer to Long Beach you get before turning around.

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Ride organizer JJ Hoffman said that the path between Maywood and Long Beach was recently cleaned up and restriped in anticipation of the event. She also noted that a new section of the river has a bike path, but it unfortunately won't be seen by riders this year. "In 2006 we launched a postcard campaign to the Mayor asking him to complete the river path with particular attention to the area between Fletcher and Figueroa. And in 2009 they broke ground on it," she explained. The path is now basically complete and open, but not not complete enough for the ride. "I've been down there, it's gorgeous," she said.

The event takes place this Sunday with the start and finish line outside the Autry Center in Griffith Park. Good luck, riders!