Accessing the Arroyo Seco Bikeway

Access to the Arroyo Seco Bikeway is mostly blocked by chain link fences. Even though the majority of the creek-adjacent path is surrounded by public green space, gates in the barrier can be more than a mile apart.  Evidently, the bikeway is not optimized for pedestrian or bicycle access.  As a result, Arroyo Seco visitors have made their own entrances by cutting and bending back the fences for easier access.

The map describes the legal and clandestine access points along the entirety of the Arroyo Seco Bikeway.
Access Map

The fence dividing the parks and Arroyo Seco was placed to control riverbed usage during flood season. However, so few gates were installed that there is hardly access when there is no chance of flood either. The division of the parks and the bikeway now discourages local connection to the Arroyo Seco.

Bent Fence 1


Stairway to Nowhere

At several points along the Arroyo Seco Bikeway there are stairways leading from the bike path to a park, but blocked with a solid fence.

Stairs Uncut

There are three occurrences of this phenomenon:

Blocked Stairs

If one were to remove these fences, convenient access would be granted to pedestrians between the parks and the riverbed.  In one case, local river goers have taken this action upon themselves and cut the fence above one of the staircases.

Stairs Cut Fence Detail

Other staircases lead to walking paths that connect Ernest E. Debs Park, Hermon ParkLower Arroyo Park, and more.

Second Stairs to Chainlink

More access points can be made be simply removing the remaining fences.  By increasing the quantity of access points, NELA can unite its largest area of green space with its only alternative transit corridor.

Bent Fence 6