Long Beach Bikeway: Route 23 along Clark Avenue
2010-02-19 · By Peter Dopulos
Long Beach Bikeway Route 23 officially begins/ends at Clark and Carson (Route 60), right at Long Beach City College’s Liberal Arts Campus. The concept for this route, I believe, is that cyclists will be coming from or to Long Beach Bikeway Route 56 (Conant) and connect here on their way to or from City College campus as indicated by this sign at the end of route 56. There is also a clear sign of where the route begins at the corner of Carson and Clark intersection. These were the only two signs I was able to locate for Route 23, which then makes this route’s official distance .8 miles long.
Overall, for cyclists, Clark is a downright frightening road to travel. Traffic races through this stretch of the city with the road opening up to three lanes of traffic each direction. On the Westside, for the official stretch of route 23, there is a sidewalk for about a third of the distance. Although it may seem safer to some cyclists to ride on the sidewalk, this can be one of the most dangerous places for a cyclist to ride and it’s illegal in Long Beach and many other cities.
Clark runs from Anaheim all the way through to the City of Lakewood at the north end, making for an unofficial distance one-way of 4 miles. However, I would recommend all cyclists stay off this road completely and look for alternate parallel routes such as Bikeway Route 27 (Bellflower Boulevard) or Bikeway Route 29 (Woodruff Avenue), both of which are better marked and much more bike friendly.
If you do have to ride this stretch of Clark, stay on the eastern side and use the access roads that run beside Clark. Motorists are not expecting cyclists on this road.
Bikeway: Route 23
Streets Travelled: Clark Ave.
Official Mileage: .8 miles
Unofficial Mileage: 4 miles
Landmarks:Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus, Heartwell Park
- Long Beach Bikeway Route 56 (Conant St)
Long Beach Bikeway Route 1 (PCH)