Biking the Strand: Hermosa Beach to Venice
Cruising down the Strand on beach bikes is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Los Angeles coast. Officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Path, this 22-mile route stretches from Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach. For a shorter route, however, consider the approximately 12.5-mile route from Hermosa City Beach north to the Venice Fishing Pier. Before you set off, here’s what you need to know about guidelines, amenities and points of interest along the Strand.
Whether you found the perfect hybrid bike for sale or you prefer a classic beach cruiser, make sure it’s tuned up and in good condition before you head out. At Hermosa Beach, access the bike path at 35th Street and Manhattan Beach. This part of the trail features a wide, paved path with barriers that keep the soft white sand from interfering with your tires.
As you roll into Manhattan Beach, you’ll likely see several beach volleyball games going on on the same sand where the sport was born. Once you begin to see planes taking off from LAX, you’re approaching Playa del Rey. Between this beach and Venice, follow the signs carefully since the path goes inland for less than a mile in two sections.
Keep an eye out for the flashing red traffic lights as you approach the Hermosa Beach Pier. If these are illuminated, you must walk your bike through the designated section or risk a $100 fine. Remember that the trip is about 25 miles if you’re heading up and back, so bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout your journey.
You’ll find public parking throughout the Strand. Generally, the best way to access the bike path is by parking at the public beach access lot at your desired starting point. Public restrooms are available at the Hermosa Beach Pier, the Manhattan Beach Pier and the Venice Fishing Pier.
When you leave from Hermosa, the Class I path along the beach is shared with pedestrians. If the path is crowded with foot traffic, a Class II bike lane is available along the parallel Hermosa Avenue. The rest of the path to Venice is considered Class I.
Points of Interest
If you’re planning a leisurely ride up the coast, consider stopping at these points of interest:
- Pier Avenue at Hermosa Beach, where you can lock up your bike to grab a bite to eat, enjoy the scenery or even dip your toes in the Pacific
- Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of Manhattan Beach pier
- High-end designer shopping in Manhattan Beach
- Watching surfers at El Porto across from the power plant and hang gliders at Dockweiler
- UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, where you can rent kayaks and other watercraft
- Historic Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey
- Skateboarders, circus performers and so much more at the legendary Venice Boardwalk
Biking the Strand gives you a feel for the unique flavor of each of these LA beach towns. Enjoy the fresh air, exercise and gorgeous scenery, not to mention the glorious freedom you’ll feel when traveling on two wheels.