Long Beach Bikeway Route 33: Studebaker Rd.
2010-05-10 · By Peter Dopulos
Long Beach Bikeway Route 33 is an enjoyable ride that runs parallel to both Bikeway 27 (Bellflower) and Bikeway 29 (Woodruff), but of the three, I enjoyed this route the best. There is a bit of traffic on this four lane road (two in each direction) but the entire route is well marked with wide, painted bike lanes and no on-street parking whatsoever. The Bikeway passes by well maintained Eastside homes and for much of its length is shaded by a variety of mature trees.
I began my ride at the northern end coming from Long Beach Bikeway Route 60. There was a sign indicating Bikeway 33 was the next right, onto Los Coyotes Diagonal, but this is not its official start. Here there is a bike dedicated sidewalk path along Los Coyotes, but to reach Bikeway 33 you will need to cross left over Los Coyotes to get to Studebaker, where the route officially begins. This section is pretty safe with all the traffic lights, but sometimes with the odd angles motorists don’t always stop as they pass through here so be extra sharp. This first section accounts for half a mile of the unofficial distance.
Once on Long Beach Bikeway Route 33, it’s all smooth sailing. The road is well maintained and as I mentioned earlier, much of my ride took my through cool shadows on a warm spring day. Motorists seemed accustomed to cyclist’s presence and I would feel quite comfortable taking the family on this route. The total official distance came out 2.9 miles and I was surprised at the official end at Long Beach Bikeway Route 30 (Atherton) since the most enjoyable section turned out to be the .5 miles from Atherton to Anaheim Rd. (not to be confused with Anaheim St.). This unofficial section still had painted bike lanes and even more trees and was definitely the prettiest part of the ride.
Once past Anaheim Rd., it appears that this unofficial section would link up to Long Beach Bikeway Route 10. I have found a sign for Route 10 on Anaheim which would mean that it runs along Studebaker until it hits Loynes. So far there is no bike lane along this section, nor Bikeway signs, but the road is fairly wide and could accommodate a lane. As it is, this is a busy stretch of Studebaker but could be navigated by more experienced cyclists. The greatest concern would be traffic exiting to and from busy 7th. For me, the official end at Atherton is short-sighted. Imagine if it went through. You could ride from Bikeway 65, to 33, to 10 – riding from Heartwell to the beach. Or 65 to 33 to 10 to 1 to 7 and almost complete a 25 mile loop.
Riding on Studebaker past Loynes, I would not recommend. The intersection with Westminster is dangerous at the best of times. Motorists are not expecting a cyclist to be traveling here, so if you find yourself at this intersection, be extra cautious.
Bikeway: Route 33
Streets Travelled: Los Coyotes Diagonal, Studebaker
Official Mileage: 2.9 miles
Unofficial Mileage: 4.5 miles
Landmarks: City of Lakewood, Heartwell Golf Course, El Dorado Park, CSULB,