A Pacific coast cycle to Malibu, unspoilt Catalina island and a visit to an 18th-century Spanish mission belie the view of LA being all about movie studios and freeway traffic
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LA is known as a car city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it by bike too. The ride along the coast northwards is fantastic. From Venice Beach, a cycle route runs right by the sands, to pass Santa Monica Pier. The route is shared with the bronzed and beautiful LA inhabitants out running, cycling and rollerblading, and passes beach volleyball courts. It continues along the bay using the Pacific Coast Highway (some of it away from traffic on the wide shoulder), past the town of Santa Monica, beautiful upmarket suburbs, and finally into Malibu. As you get to Malibu, you are close to the Santa Monica Mountain natural reserve, and pass some great little canyon reserves to enjoy along the way. I am not a city person, but I really enjoyed this beautiful day ride. I even saw dolphins! Of course, you can do as long or as short a ride as you like. The round trip to Malibu is about 40 miles.