Many of us celebrated the opening of the Elysian Valley segment of the LA River Bike Path last year with a good amount of hoopla and ceremony. This newest section of the bike path runs through Elysian Valley, going 2.58 miles from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street – near where the 5 Freeway connects with the 110. In engineer-speak, this section of the bike path was labeled “1-C”. The next section on the LA River, which will connect all the way to Downtown with bike path and bike lanes (Phase 3) , is currently in early design stages.
LADOT Bike Blog was certainly guilty of being overly optimistic about the opening date of Phase 1C. Back in the salad days of LADOT Bike Blog, we predicted 1C opening in late April of 2010. Oops. That predicted opening itself was a delay of the original opening date set for January 2010.
This wasn’t, however, the first delay for Phase 1C. The Elysian Valley section of the LA River Bike Path seems to have been born under an unlucky star. Come with us as we go through the history of Phase 1C.