A few evenings a week, I struggle with how to criss cross the Eastside without getting caught in a ton of traffic. I’m generally talking about the north-south part of any trip that requires me to get from Rosemead to Bell or Highland Park to Bell. If it’s around 5 p.m., there’s a 100% chance I’m going to be stuck on roads sometimes less taken (yes, I’m talking to you Soto St. all the way down to the backside of the Farmer John plant and down Boyle St. and Garfield Ave. down to Slauson Blvd. to Florence Ave. and Eastern Blvd. past the cemetery to Telegraph Rd. to the five-point intersection from hell at Atlantic Blvd). Freeway, street, off-road trail–it doesn’t matter. If I’m on it, it’s going to be slow.
All this leads me to a question perhaps appropriate for a blog dedicated to the Eastside–is there an easy way to cut across the Eastside or is just designed to be a long, slow ride designed to be enjoyed when you think you have better things to do?
And for our more practically-inclined readers, suggestions for the best way to get across the Eastside are also greatly appreciated.