Long Beach Bikeway: Route 23 along Clark Avenue

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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

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About Peter Dopulos
Peter Dopulos is an avid cyclist and can often be seen riding the Long Beach Bikeways. He recently wrote a book, Where to Bike Orange County, he is also the co-host of the Long Beach radio talkshow Swoop's World and a co-founder of GreenWorld365.com.


4 Responses to “Long Beach Bikeway: Route 23 along Clark Avenue”
  1. Tony Cruz says:

    Peter – I’m glad that you are able to share your knowledge on some of the city streets in Long Beach with your fellow riders and the community. The alternate routes you suggested are great. The bike Long Beach signs that are up all around the city were put in place to create a numbering systems for mapping your bike rides in Long Beach.

    This is the same system used in the Netherlands where riders can look at a map that has numbered bike lanes. You pull out a roll of masking tape and plot a course from point A to point B on a strip of tape, tape it to your bicycle stem or goose neck, and use the numbered signs to reach your destination.

    This is one of the projects the City of Long Beach is implementing in efforts to make the streets of Long Beach more bicycle friendly. Projects such as the sharrows on 2nd, and the soon to be vista bike blvd and dedicated bike lanes downtown are the beginning steps in executing the Citywide bicycle master plan.

    Cruz Safe

  2. thnx tony for the info. do we know when a numbered map will be available from the city? i just love this concept and think the city is going to be even more bike friendly with this plan.

    thanks for doing a great job as long beach’s Bike Ambassador.


  3. Dominic says:

    Any chance I can get a map? It’d be great to have an idea of where route X goes and not have to constantly unfold and refold a map and hope I don’t lose/tear it between now and the next time I need to go somewhere.

    Perhaps some signs like Route 10 to _______

    You know… like freeway signs?

  4. hey dominic. there is no map yet that i have been able to locate that lists the bikeways.

    i have come across signs like the one i saw indicating route 11 was coming up (i was traveling route 1) and then a sign below that said the word “Downtown”. i’ve spotted similar signs indicating LBCC, but that as close as i’ve seen that’s like a freeway sign.

    I have heard a map is on the way, but no indication yet of when.