now whittierider, youre getting me worried,lol, I never thought of a bicycle trail becoming a hangout for gangs and such, makes me have second thoughts about the trip...
There's no reason to be scared if you know what to do. Even my wife and the neighbor woman each ride alone on the San Gabriel River trail.
As for the bad areas, I was thinking particularly of parts of the Rio Hondo trail and Coyote Creek trail, and even those aren't really too bad. Other trails seem to go through some not-so-good areas as well, but in the many tens of thousands of miles we've put on the trails, we have never had any problem. That's not to say I'd want my wife riding in some of those areas alone, unless she were faster. Seeing cyclists' speed has various psychological effects on non-cyclists, and they won't want to tangle with you. We've ridden the San Gabriel River trail most, since we live close to it. It's pretty good, especially the 8 or so miles at each end. I don't feel as safe as a pedestrian out there in some of the places we ride, but it's an entirely different story on our bikes. As for the Santa Ana River trail, I think I'm only acquainted with the 20 or so miles of it closest to the ocean, and I don't remember any bad parts of that at all.
I wanna stay as far away from gangs and other "bad company" as I can. maybe I should stick with the scenic routes?
are gangs and such a common thing in california? what are the worst places in cali for gang activity so I can stay away from those areas?
I'm sure almost every state has their bad areas, and I'm not sure CA is any worse. If you get into our area and want to be shown some great rides, PM me and I'll be glad to show you loads of them. I'm sure others who live in L.A. and nearby coastal counties would say the same thing. Last week we had a visitor from Colorado who brought his bike so we took him for a 30-mile loop in the local hills and he kept saying things like, "Wow this is beautiful!" and "What a beautiful ride!"