Rollerblading around the world

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    Jul 15, 2008 4:01 PM GMT
    Hey, who rollerblades for fun/fitness and where do you do it? I've just got back into blading, and it's fantastic. I want the next city I live in to have good places where I can rollerblade (or if I'm just visiting the place, just to know where to go).

    In Mountain View, CA, there's Stevens Creek Trail, which is mostly paved, which I like to do everyday. It hugs the 85 freeway a little bit, follows a creek (presumably Stevens Creek) and leads into Shoreline Lake. It's about 30 min. to blade to the Lake where I do a couple of 15 min. laps around the lake. I can easily blade for 2 hrs there.

    (My) Criteria for good blading areas: flat, no dirt or debris, and long.

    So what other places are there?
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    Is "flat" really necessary? 'Cause that would eliminate any place around here. I do see a few kids on blades once in a while, but they lunge back and forth on the grades and flail around with some sort of ski-pole things, so that they basically take up the whole highway.

    I was on the verge of buying a pair years ago, when I traveled a lot and the cost and hassle of taking a bike along was getting out of hand. Then my job changed and I never followed up.
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    Jul 15, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    OMG I LOVE Rollerblading!! Here in SF Golden gate Park is a GRETA place to blade!! Back home in San Diego, HELL just about anywhere but the beach was the BEST!!

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    Jul 16, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    Jack,

    Here in L.A., I rollerblade along the beach. There is a path that runs for miles, sometimes a curvy in places. I usually start in Venice and rollerblade up past Santa Monica, about 5 miles each way. But the path continues further north and south. Since it's the beach, it can attract a lot of people and they (especially little kids) don't pay attention and walk right into the path of cyclists or rollerbladers. If lucky, you can swerve to avoid them as I have, but it means landing in the sand. Not the best for the skate's bearings. But in all my years of doing it (I've only gone once this season though), I've avoided trouble all but a couple of times.

    I like that it's a bit uphill on my trip up through Santa Monica. My end point is around Will Rogers Beach, aka Ginger Rogers Beach, an informal gay beach. The trip back is a bit downhill and there's usually a tail wind, which makes the trip back a bit faster. But it's a relaxing environment with the cool Pacific Ocean to one side of you. And often gorgeous men to look at (but if you're skating fast, the ones coming the other way tend to zoom past you, damn!).

    Eric
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    Jul 17, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIs "flat" really necessary? 'Cause that would eliminate any place around here. I do see a few kids on blades once in a while, but they lunge back and forth on the grades and flail around with some sort of ski-pole things, so that they basically take up the whole highway.
    Well, "flat" has many degrees and is different for different people with different expertise. On the trail I use there are definitely various points of being uphill and downhill. On the whole though, for me at least, to get a good workout, the average of the levels should come out to be flat without (m)any periods of long extreme uphill or downhill.

    a1972guy saidOMG I LOVE Rollerblading!! Here in SF Golden gate Park is a GRETA place to blade!! Back home in San Diego, HELL just about anywhere but the beach was the BEST!!
    Hmm, I think I tried Golden Gate Park once. There's a lot of cars that go through I experience, although I guess on Sundays it's closed off to cars right? Yeah, I feel like I should give GG another shot sometime. If I move to the city, is that the only place to go?

    EricLA saidJack,
    But the path continues further north and south. Since it's the beach, it can attract a lot of people and they (especially little kids) don't pay attention and walk right into the path of cyclists or rollerbladers.
    Eric
    Yeah, there was a summer maybe 5 years ago where I rollerbladed that part every single day. I remember hitting some rough road after going north past Santa Monica though, that made blading a pain. I think going south of Venice, the trail goes onto the road or something like that. Is that still the case? I do miss it, but it'd be great to be able to go for longer.
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    Jul 17, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    Love to watch but ime scared I will fall over and at my age bones don't heal boo hoo!