Electric Avenue Seal Beach

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, ROAD RIDE, ELECTRIC AVENUE SEAL BEACH While the bike ride through here is a short one, this is a wonderful day trip getaway, great for a bicycling family or a wonderful bike date. Charming, sleepy and authentic are all apt descriptions of this westernmost Orange County town with its quaint Main Street and mid-20th century look. Sharing a border with the behemoth Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach, Seal Beach is a patch of relative calm and charm tucked in this corner of Orange County. Originally known as Bay City, the city incorporated in 1915 and changed its name to Seal Beach. During this period the Pacific Electric Los Angeles to Newport line ran, shuttling passengers and goods through Seal Beach and as far south as Newport Beach and Santa Ana. Evidence of the system can be seen in Seal Beach’s Electric Avenue Median Park, about 50 feet of track and, resting on the track, surrounded by a swath of green grass, the Red Car Museum. Originally a tower car built in 1925, it is run by the Seal Beach Historical and Cultural Society and worth a stop to check it out. As many SoCal beach towns in recent times have gone glitzy and upscale, usually tearing down one story buildings on their main streets. Seal Beach, for a variety of reasons, did not. That has left Main Street Seal Beach quaint and unpretentious (pretentiousness has been saved for the beachfront homes). However, while it may have a sleepiness compared to its neighbors, there is a quiet, confident energy that can be felt and seen in its independent, mom-and-pop businesses. You will find art galleries, boutiques, a music store, ice cream shops, surf shops, coffee shops, pubs and dive bars. And restaurants, lots of those. Main Street dead ends at Seal Beach Pier, the second longest wooden pier in California and makes for a delightful stroll. Take advantage of the bike parking racks located at the southern foot of the pier (left hand side as you look at the ocean) as there are few on Main Street. Side Trips There are no shortage of side trips, including the Red Car Museum, a visit to the many shops on Main Street, the beach and a stroll on the Seal Beach Pier. Near the pier, Bogart’s Coffee House on Ocean is a bike friendly meet up spot. FOOD AND DRINK The River’s End Café is at the start/finish of the loop. It’s Mexican inspired breakfast and lunch fare. Main Street offers everything from coffee shops, to Thai food, to pubs to barbeque. There is even a burger joint at the end of the pier. ACCESS By bus, OCTA Bus 42 and Long Beach Transit Bus 131 both stop on Electric Avenue, just past Main Street. By car, take Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) to First Street and follow First until it ends at the public parking lot.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance: 4.0
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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