People planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches this weekend will finally be able to ride on the county’s extensive bike path, which reopened Thursday, according to Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Hahn broke the news on her Twitter and Facebook pages Thursday morning, posting a photo of a lone bicyclist and the caption, “LA County’s beach bike paths are now open! Welcome back.”
The county’s beaches reopened May 13, but only for active uses such as running, jogging, swimming and surfing. Sunbathing is still barred.
The reopening, however, did not include the county’s 22-mile beach bike path that stretches from Pacific Palisades to Torrance. As of mid-morning Thursday, the county Department of Beaches and Harbors website still listed the bike path as closed, and there had not been any official announcement from the county about the reopening, other than Hahn’s social-media posts.
The closure was aimed at preventing clusters of people from gathering in violation of social-distancing standards on the popular pathway that can get congested during summer months. But the closure seemed to run counter to the “active-use” only restriction at the beaches.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice area, wrote on Twitter, “If people can walk at the beach, run at the beach, swim at the beach and surf at the beach, @lapublichealth should let them bike at the beach.”
Hahn responded on Wednesday, saying she agreed and was discussing the issue with county public health director Barbara Ferrer, adding, “I think we can make it happen.”
Hahn announced the reopening at about 9 a.m. Thursday.