From the 19th century Santa Monica Cycle Path to the 20th century Birthplace of BMX at Palms Park, the Palms section of West Los Angeles has a rich bicycling history.

Los Angeles to Santa Monica Bicycle Race (1891-1902)

The Fourth of July bicycle race between LA and Santa Monica was held from 1891-1902

Santa Monica Cycle Path

Excerpts from Historian Nathan Masters’ The Santa Monica Cycle Path:  L.A.’s First Bike Lane along with additional photographs and links.

“Riding a Wheel” – Westside Cycling History

At the end of the 19th century, in the heyday of what historian Luthor Ingersoll called “cycle fever,” it seemed that everybody was “riding a wheel” in West Los Angeles.

Birthplace of BMX (1969)

The first sanctioned BMX bicycle racing in the United States, if not the world, ran around a track at Palms Park on July 10, 1969.

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