Long Beach Bikeway Route 10: Loma, Broadway, Nieto, Eliot, Loynes
2010-03-26 · By Peter Dopulos
I set out on a bright, breezy Tuesday to track down Long Beach Bikeway Route 10. I had in hand various reports and sightings of Route 10 that had it slithering through Colorado Lagoon, Belmont Heights, and along Broadway. One of these reports included a confirmed sighting of a ‘Begin’ sign on Loma Ave at Ocean Blvd. and so that is where I launched my ride.
There is no pleasant way to say this so I’ll just come right out and announce it: Long Beach Bikeway Route 10 has some problems. The first of these is the fact that one of its terminal points is at Loma and Ocean. This location was hard to get to and there seemed no obvious good reason to start or end here. This section of Ocean is a deadly narrow stretch for cyclists and should be avoided at all costs. So to start or end a ride here made no sense unless I lived at one of the handful of homes/apartments here on Loma. Also, if I had just finished my ride here and wanted to get to Bluff Park or the beach and the bike path below, there is no traffic light or crosswalk to allow me to cross this busy section of Ocean. More sense would have been Redondo one block up where there was a light and a flight of stairs to carry my bike down.
Riding on Loma away from the beach for .2 miles, Route 10 makes a right onto Broadway. This section of Broadway is very busy with plenty of traffic, cars pulling in and out of parking lots, and tons of street parking. Getting doored here is definitely a concern. All that being said, motorists did seem very aware of cyclists and pedestrians and this stretch was very manageable.
continued along Broadway as I passed through Belmont Heights, riding past beautiful, picturesque homes, along with a couple steep inclines. Throughout most of this section, from Termino to Nieto, I saw few signs making me concerned that I had missed a turn. This in fact did happen as I continued to travel along Broadway until it dead ended at Bay Shore Avenue without a Route 10 sign in sight. Pressed for time I didn’t have the time to backtrack and find signs so I headed home.
I returned the next day in the car determined to track down elusive Route 10. What I discovered was that Route 10 takes a left on Nieto Ave. but there was absolutely no sign indicating the change in direction. In fact, there is no Bikeway sign on any stretch of Nieto and yet signs on E. Colorado St. indicate route 10 does pass along Nieto.
The route should travel Nieto direct to Colorado but because of construction I had to loop around on Appian, Bikeway Route 25, to Colorado and resume. The route travels on Colorado for about a 100 yards before turning right onto Eliot. This looks to be the most pleasant part of the Route as you travel along the sidewalk bike path around the Marine Stadium through the many condo complexes in the area, actually moving away from the street at one point.
From here the path emerges again on Loynes, still a dedicated bike path, until it crosses Long Beach Bikeway 1, PCH. From here I saw no signs so I took this to be the official end at 2.7 miles from my start. If you were to continue on until Loynes curves into Studebaker .7 miles away, you have an unofficial distance of 3.4 miles. This final stretch of Loynes is a fast paced section of road where motorists don’t seem to expect cyclists at all. It also deposits you onto a section of Studebaker where drivers are racing to get onto the 405 and 605 connectors – not a bicycle friendly stretch at all and best avoided.
Overall, Long Beach Bikeway 10 was a bit strange and frustrating. The lack of signage is confusing, starting/stopping on Loma made very little sense, while redirecting you off Broadway didn’t seem to serve a purpose. On the positive side, the path that paralleled Eliot was beautiful—perfect for a family or a date ride.
Bikeway: Route 10
Streets Travelled: Loma/Broadway/Nieto/Eliot/Loynes
Official Mileage: 2.7 miles
Unofficial Mileage: .7 miles
Long Beach Bikeway Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)
Long Beach Bikeway Route 25 (Appian Way)