Bike Ride from North Hollywood Metro Station to Chinatown and a Chinese Lunch


Join us for a bicycle ride from the North Hollywood Metro Station to Chinatown.

The ride is very pleasant and is suitable for all bike riders who can ride at least 16 miles one way from North Hollywood to Chinatown on mostly flat terrain but with a few rolling hills and underpasses at 12 miles per hour. The ride is 32 miles roundtrip, but you can take the Metro back from Union Station (near Chinatown) to North Hollywood if you only want to bike one way.

When we get to Chinatown we will have lunch at Hong Kong BBQ Chinese Restaurant (formerly known as Sam Woo Restaurant.)

MEETING LOCATION:

North Hollywood Metro Station
5391 Lankershim
North Hollywood, CA 91601

MEETING TIME:

Arrive at 8:30AM to park your car, get ready, unload your bike, and add air to your tires.
Meet with our group at 9:00AM on the Plaza above the Metro Station to introduce yourself. We'll go over the ride plan and have a safety talk.
We will depart promptly at 9:30AM.

GETTING TO THE METRO STATION:

You can either travel to the North Hollywood Metro Station starting point on your bicycle or by driving your car. There is free parking at the North Hollywood Metro Station. If you arrive by Metro, the North Hollywood Metro Station is at the north end of the Red Line. Please allow at least one hour or more for the Metro ride to the station.

BICYCLE RIDE:

From the North Hollywood Metro Station we will take a 16 mile leisurely bike ride to Chinatown. We ride from the North Hollywood Metro Station along the new Chandler Blvd. Bike Path going east. We then turn south on residential Keystone Street and then turn east on Riverside Drive. We then proceed through Griffith Park to Los Feliz Blvd. where we turn left and enter the Los Angeles River Bike Path. After riding down the bike path along the river through the Elysian Park neighborhood we re-enter Riverside Drive where we go over a bridge and ride through a few downtown streets to proceed to Chinatown.

We will likely be traveling around 12 miles per hour. The bike ride will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes with a stop to use the restroom.

After lunch in Chinatown you can decide if you want to join us for a bike ride back back to the North Hollywood Metro Station on the Los Angeles River Bike Path, or return back to the North Hollywood Station via the Red Line Metro from Union Station.


BIKE ROUTE MAPS:

Here is a link to the Google Map for the bike ride from North Hollywood Metro Station to Chinatown: 

http://goo.gl/maps/1hFIw

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Here is a link to the Google Map for the bike ride from Chinatown back to the North Hollywood Metro Station: 

http://goo.gl/maps/mMQy5

WHAT TO BRING:

Please be advised that you are required to wear a helmet, and you must be at least 18 years old to come on this bike ride.

Bring 2 spare tubes and a small pump or CO2 cartridges, levers and a patch kit in case of a flat tire.

- Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition with tires properly inflated and bike chain lubricated prior to the ride.

- Bring food such as power bars to eat and water to drink.

- Wear sunscreen to prevent a sunburn. Also bring a first aid kit.

- Bring a bike lock. Do not leave your bike unattended at the North Hollywood Metro Station.

- Bring your cell phone.

- Bring a TAP card if you plan to return on the Metro or you can buy one at the station.

- Bring cash for lunch. The restaurant only accepts cash for payment.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY:

This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries nor accidents that may occur during events. By joining this bike ride you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not certify the qualifications of it's organizers or trip leaders, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety. We are all just participants.


LUNCH:

After 16 miles of bicycling (and to fuel for a possible additional 16 miles,)  we'll be ready for lunch. At Hong Kong BBQ Restaurant you can join with our group ordering family style and share dishes, or you can order your own meal separately. We may try their rice porridge, noodle dishes, and a variety of other Cantonese dishes including roast duck, fresh Talapia fish, Chinese broccoli, and other dishes.

ADDRESS OF THE RESTAURANT:

Hong Kong BBQ Restaurant

803 North Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

See Yelp reviews of Hong Kong BBQ Restaurant at http://www.yelp.com/biz/hong-kong-bbq-los-angeles Last time we had a variety of dishes for about $14 per person (including tax and tip.)

Here are some of the dishes available at Hong Kong BBQ Restaurant:

Freshly Steamed Live Whole Tilapia Fish with Cilantro and Green Onions in a tasty sauce

Black Pepper Butter Shrimp

Preserved Veggies with Pork Belly

Whole Roast Duck

Chow Fun (Rice Noodles) with Beef and Tender Greens

Roast Duck Noodle Soup with Won Tons

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

Black Shiitake Mushrooms with Mustard Greens

Congee (Rice Porridge)

Mango Pudding

This event is crossposted on other Meetup groups.

You'll also have the chance to meet:

6 Singles from "(OSS) Outdoor Singles & Socials"

1 Adventure People from "Adventure People"

2 Adventurers from "Adventure-Us"

5 Intrepid Explorers from "Exploring LA like we don't live here"

2 ACTIVE - Adventurists from "Southern California Outdoor Adventurers on Meetup.com"

11 Cyclists from "West Los Angeles Cycling Club"

2 Foodies from "L.A. Foodies"

2 Fun People from "Southern California Gay & Lesbian Club (and Friends)"

12 Cyclists from "Southern California Cycling Group (and other fun events)"

1 Outdoor Adventurers from "Great Outdoors - Los Angeles"

A total of 35 people are expected to attend!

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  • Louis

    Great day for bike riding, and a great lunch.

    October 24, 2013

  • Carmen

    As much as I would like to join the group on this bike ride, I need to cancel this time as the temperature tomorrow is going to be in the three digits in the valley. Hopefully, next week it's going to start cooling down. Happy ride everyone!

    October 4, 2013

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