Long Beach Bikeway Route 30: Atherton St.
2010-04-23 · By Peter Dopulos
I began my journey on a cold, blustery day with rain clouds looming in the distance. I reached Long Beach Bikeway Route 30 after traveling Route 56 (Conant) to Route 27 (Bellflower) to what I thought was the beginning of Route 30. As I rode west, I soon discovered that Route 30 seems to have an official beginning at Long Beach Bikeway Route 33 (Studebaker). Since I have begun these reviews I have often re-visited routes at a later date only to discover new signs providing additional information such as crossing routes, arrows indicating direction, signs alerting bicyclers of nearby landmarks, and in some instances, entirely new legs to certain routes (Routes 17 and 10, especially, will need to be updated). Having said this, I could not find an official “begin” sign for Route 30, although I did find an official “end” sign on the western end Ximeno Ave.
Long Beach Bikeway Route 30 is a pleasant, well marked route. I enjoyed the wide, painted bike lane and moderate traffic. This route passes right by Cal State Long Beach and through most of this section the lane was completely open since no on-street parking is permitted. Here the greatest concern is on the south side of the street with the many entrances into and out of the college. I was traveling in the late morning and had little trouble, but I imagine this section might be a bit hazardous during peak times in the morning and evening.
West of CSLUB Route 30 does have on-street parking in the bike lane, and lots of it. Here I traveled through large clusters of apartment complexes and the greatest threat is getting doored. However, the traffic flow is rather sedate and if you stay alert do not expect too many problems.
Overall Long Beach Bikeway Route 30 was a pleasant unofficial 2.5 miles that cyclists of all levels should feel quite comfortable riding. If you end your ride at its western end you will be faced with the difficult decision of how to continue westward as Atherton feeds into the Traffic Circle (and Long Beach Bikeway Route 1) via Inner Circle Way. Also, traveling north from here is really only possible along Lakewood Blvd., a road I strongly recommend you avoid. If you need to head north, do it along Route 27. On the eastern end Route 30 crosses Route 31 and ends at Route 33, both of which are more bike-friendly routes.
Bikeway: Route 30
Streets Traveled: Atherton St.
Official Mileage: 2.4 miles
Unofficial Mileage: 2.5 miles
Landmarks: Carpenter Center Performing Arts Center, CSULB
Long Beach Bikeway Route 63 (Studebaker)
Long Beach Bikeway Route 31 (Palo Verde)
Long Beach Bikeway Route 27 (Bellflower)