Long Beach Bikeway Route 29: Woodruff Avenue
2010-04-02 · By Peter Dopulos
I picked up Long Beach Bikeway Route 29 (Woodruff Ave) after traveling along Long Beach Bikeway Route 60 (Carson). This section of Woodruff is lined mostly with residential blocks on either side with very few landmarks along the way. So if you don’t live along this corridor, it’s likely to be one you miss.
The route is clearly marked and has a generous, painted bike lane throughout its entire length. Traffic is brisk but the road is wide enough that I never felt I was buzzed or cramped for space at any time. No on-street parking ensured the bike lane was all mine.
Coming from Long Beach Bikeway Route 60, there was a clear sign and arrow indicating Route 29 was coming up, but the first sign I saw on Woodruff was at Harco Street. Shortly after that I passed Long Beach Bikeway 56, Conant Street.
For Bikeway 29, the route officially ends at Spring Street after 1.4 miles and I’m not certain why. Woodruff continues on from there, with the next leg from Spring to Willow actually carrying less traffic, a slightly wider road and a continuation of the bike lane.
For me, Willow was the natural termination and accounts for an extra .4 miles and an unofficial distance of 1.8 miles. From this point Woodruff passes under the 405 Freeway, with cars both exiting and accessing the freeway at high speeds and, for cyclists, should be avoided if at all possible
Overall, Long Beach Bikeway Route 29 was pleasant if short and if I lived on the Eastside off of Woodruff would not hesitate to take the family along this route.
Bikeway: Route 29
Streets Travelled: Woodruff Ave.
Official Mileage: 1.4 miles
Unofficial Mileage: .4 miles
Landmarks: Heartwell Park
Long Beach Bikeway Route 60 (Carson)
Long Beach Bikeway Route 56 (Conant)