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It's been nearly 5 years since the Georgetown Branch Interim Trail between downtown Bethesda and Stewart Avenue on the west side of Silver Spring was closed to allow for construction of the Purple Line and extension of the Capital Crescent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at TheWashCycle
It's been almost 35 years since WABA began working to preserve the rail ROW that would become the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Despite numerous delays, large sections of the trail have been built and are opened. A key section from the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at TheWashCycle
Arlington County is performing a Natural Surface Trails study this year. It kicked off in December with an RFP and a literature review and will lead to public engagement over the summer with a final set of recommendations to follow.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at TheWashCycle
It's been a few years since we last checked in on the Rock Creek Park Trail rehabilitation and since then there has been a lot of exciting progress. At that time, the federal government had wrapped up their project and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2022 at TheWashCycle
Happy Holidays. The Christmas and Holiday season is upon us and I recently got the chance to try out some items for free that might make good gifts for those on your shopping list. First off, my wife and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2021 at TheWashCycle
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s (TPB) once-in-a-decade Regional Travel Survey was completed last year, but analyses of the data has been coming out ever since. Last March the TPB wrote an article on four trends from the study... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at TheWashCycle
The Montgomery County Planning Board will review and provide advisory comments to MCDOT on the Capital Crescent Surface Trail Phase 2 and Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) Under MD 355 projects on Thursday, October 14. The interim CCT (or the Georgetown... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2021 at TheWashCycle
In May, Fairfax County started working on the Mount Vernon Highway Trail Project. The project will build a 10-foot wide sidepath along parts of Mount Vernon Highway between Grist Mill and Washington Mill Park. This $6.5 million, two-mile stretch is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2021 at TheWashCycle
After being left out of Mayor Bowser's budget, the DC Council recently allocated $2.2 million to continue the work to redesign Connecticut Ave that might include a PBL. This project, the Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Back in April, the Capital Trails Coalition released the National Capital Trail Network (seen above) impact report which showed that a billion dollar investment in trails would pay off with over $2.4 Billion in savings PER YEAR. This report was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at TheWashCycle
In mid-May Maryland scaled back their proposed expansion of DC-area highways, a decision that will prevent changes (and likely upgrades) to the many bike trails that cross it. Instead of adding lanes to the whole of the MD Beltway and... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Crystal City, a part of the future National Landing, is going through plenty of change right now, with more on the horizon. In order to help Crystal City develop in a 21st Century sort of way, the county is working... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at TheWashCycle
There are more than a half-dozen bike-relevant projects underway, or in various stages of planning, in the Arlington Boulevard corridor. Arlington County has been working on the Pershing Drive Complete Street project for over 5 years, and while the actual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Back in December, White's Ferry was closed in part because a cable was destroyed during a Christmas Day flood and in part because of a dispute over landing rights on the Virginia side. After negotiations to reopen it failed, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Right now if someone gets a speeding ticket in DC they incur 3-5 points on their license. Unless that ticket is camera-enforced, then they don't get any points assessed. [Surprisingly, there are no points for running lights or stop signs]... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at TheWashCycle
At a recent ANC meeting, DDOT announced plans to speed up the West Virginia Avenue (WVA) road diet completing the 2-phase project about a year earlier than originally announced. Work will start in the spring of 2021 and finish up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Not gonna happen DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have been working on the rehabilitation of Broad Branch Road between Linnean Avenue and Beach Drive since 2011. The project has been slowed by the narrow right-of-way of the road,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Charles County is studying a possible connection between two rail trails, the Indian Head Rail Trail in White Plains and the Three Notch Trail south of Hughesville. On the map above, the orange line is the Indian Head, the blue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at TheWashCycle
Starting last year, Montgomery Parks started closing (or opening, from a certain point of view) sections of parkways to give people more room to get out an exercise during the pandemic, since Covid closed many of the indoor spaces people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at TheWashCycle
The Arlington Boulevard Trail is one of the oldest in Northern Virginia, having first opened in 1974, but even back then there was always a discontinuous section at the Day's Inn just south of Pershing Avenue. With that property being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at TheWashCycle
The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued its first bicycle safety report in 47 years. Among those bicyclists involved in crashes with motor vehicles, 15% were hospitalized, treated and transferred, or held for observation, indicating a serious injury level. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at TheWashCycle
I left one off the list, but had already written this, so then I had 13. Enjoy! Just north of the District Boundary on the east side of the Anacostia lies Dueling Creek. Technically, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail ends at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at TheWashCycle
Lower Beaverdam Creek (LBC) is a 5 mile long stream that flows from just inside the Beltway near the New Carrollton Metro/MARC station then parallel to the Penn Line to the Anacostia River just inside the District. It has several... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at TheWashCycle
The Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River, along with the Northeast Branch, is one of the two streams that forms the main stem of the Anacostia River. It's a 21.5 mile long stream running from the Sandy Spring area of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at TheWashCycle
Brier's Mill Run is a 3.5 mile long tributary of the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia in Prince George's county. It used to be known as Brier Ditch, but stakeholders renamed it in order to increase awareness of it. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at TheWashCycle