Local cyclists took part in a family-friendly community bike ride along Ballona Creek near Marina del Rey June 29.
The 14-mile ride, which was sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, CICLE and Walk ‘n Rollers, covered the Class I bike path from La Cienega Boulevard to Marina del Rey. During the event, brief presentations on the value and history of the watershed were given at two locations along the trail.
Docents from Ballona Creek Renaissance gave brief presentations at both locations. Additionally, a representative from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority joined the group in the Marina for a discussion on other improvement projects along the creek.
“We love hosting community rides,” said Walk ‘n Rollers founder Jim Shanman. “Group rides demonstrate how easy and fun cycling in your community can be. With the added support of a group, riders develop confidence and have more fun than trying to explore the route on their own.”
Walk ‘n Rollers is a nonprofit organization that works to encourage children, through education and training, to bike, walk, skate and scoot to school more frequently.
The ride was made possible through a grant from Metro and is one of a series of rides taking place over the next two years, organizers said.