View Full Version : Le Tour de Greenbelt

04-03-2012, 04:52 PM
So we've settled on Sunday, April 15 (tax panic day) at 1pm for our next shop ride. This ride will be a local ride, in and around Greenbelt MD (duh). Here is the approximate route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1041958

Most of the ride will be a pretty relaxed pace, but we'll be visiting Greenbelt National Park, which is a great place to take a fast lap or two while the rest of us cruise (or rest).


This is roughly the route from DC to the shop: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/784592
And roughly the route from the shop back to DC: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/797417

From DC, here are some basic directions:

From downtown DC, I take the MBT to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road -- beware unmarked speedbumps)
Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you'd be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road (beware the construction/cyclocross challenge)
Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)

And here are directions from U of Md: Take the Paint Branch trail north from the campus (near the Comcast center). The trail goes under University Blvd and around the Paint Branch golf course. After the golf course, there's a spur off to the right that goes up to Route 1 near the bike shop, and there's a new traffic light to cross over at Hollywood Road.

Here are video directions to the shop from the Greenbelt Metro:


04-07-2012, 08:30 AM
The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt is having a Studio Artists Tour from 2-5pm on the 15th as well. That might make for an interesting combo ride/tour for some. http://www.newdealcafe.com/events/calendar.php -Jeff

04-15-2012, 08:40 PM
Double tandems today!