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bluejaitucker
04-28-2011, 11:58 AM
Hello everyone! I am moving to the area in June and will be commuting from Potomac (Brickyard Rd & MacArthur Blvd) to Georgetown Law Center. I would love any advice you can give on the best routes to use. Do people commute on the C&O Trail? Is there a bike lane on MacArthur Blvd? I want to minimize my time battling with cars. Many thanks in advance!

baiskeli
04-28-2011, 01:55 PM
Hello everyone! I am moving to the area in June and will be commuting from Potomac (Brickyard Rd & MacArthur Blvd) to Georgetown Law Center. I would love any advice you can give on the best routes to use. Do people commute on the C&O Trail? Is there a bike lane on MacArthur Blvd? I want to minimize my time battling with cars. Many thanks in advance!

Hi BJT,

Welcome to the area. What kind of bike? That will matter for the C&O. After a few miles you might wish you were on a bike with wide tires and a suspension. It would certainly be a great route for avoiding traffic.

consularrider
04-29-2011, 11:30 AM
No bike lane on MacArthur Blvd. There is a bi-directional sidepath that runs from the Anglers Inn to the Brookes Lane intersection (I think).

brendan
04-29-2011, 04:59 PM
No bike lane on MacArthur Blvd. There is a bi-directional sidepath that runs from the Anglers Inn to the Brookes Lane intersection (I think).

You might be able to work the capital crescent trail in there as an alternate path instead of the C&O, unless it takes you too far out of the way. Alternately, you could ride the C&O for a shorter distance and then move over to the now-parallel capital crescent trail for the remainder of the ride. Google bike directions is infuriating in that it makes it difficult to remove clara barton parkway (not a good idea for most folks) and c&o canal (not a good idea for skinny tires or clothing you don't mind getting filthy) from the route.

Adding a couple of middle-of-the-ride destinations, I kind of massaged it into giving a semi-useful route here, which follows macarthur down to the MD/DC border and then jumps over to the capital crescent trail...

http://goo.gl/maps/TLNm

Brendan

PS - when passing through the lincoln memorial / washington monument corridor, I prefer to take the southerly route on the memorial, the reflecting pool and the monument on the paths. Seems somewhat less complex to get to the eastern side of the monument.

bluejaitucker
05-01-2011, 10:52 PM
Many thanks for all of these ideas! My bike is a hybrid. I currently live in Chicago and am used to multiple potholes and bad pavement, so maybe that's good prep for the trail. I will be able to shower and change when I get to work, so that allows me to get at least somewhat dirty.

Brendan, thank you for mapping an alternate route. I will be sure to try this.

How is it biking on MacArthur? Is it very hazardous with the traffic?