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    Default How to get to Laurel?

    I'm thinking MARC train from Union Station?

    I've been driving for 6 months, but the weather is getting better (in general, not this week), and I'm itching to get back on my bike before BTWD 2017.

    So, is there a realistic way to get to Laurel? It's 20 miles from my house in SE DC, each way, on the highway. I think on the bike I can take the Anacostia tributary trail systems to somewhere around Beltsville, but it sort of ends?

    Another option would be to do a split commute to Union Station, lock up, and hop on the MARC train for 30 minutes. It's 5-ish miles on the bike, and 1/4 mile walk on the other end. Last train leaves at 7:59, which would require re-doing my schedule, since I usually drop my son off at daycare around 8:15.

    Thoughts?

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    Biked past Laurel two weeks ago on the way to Baltimore. Route is below and was mostly low traffic and low stress on the weekend (except the short stretch on MD-201). Not sure what traffic will be like during the weekday.



    https://www.strava.com/activities/943703220

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    I mean, if you're going to use Judd's route for reference you might as well play hooky and go all the way to Heavy Seas.

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    Thanks!
    It's really hard to know looking at Maps... I'll have to throw in some Rt 197 or 198 to get over to Main Street, and I know both of those stink because I drive on them.

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    Scenic Route. Caution making the left off Sandy Spring to Brooklyn Bridge Rd. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20640543

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    Quote Originally Posted by mello yello View Post
    Thanks!
    It's really hard to know looking at Maps... I'll have to throw in some Rt 197 or 198 to get over to Main Street, and I know both of those stink because I drive on them.
    I have successfully outsourced most of my route planning to Komorebi who is a meticulous route planner. She planned the route that I posted. I think she does it by magic, but she'll probably tell you that it's a lot of Strava heat maps combined with Google Street View.

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    If you can get to Beltsville, continuing onto Laurel is easy (I live in Beltsville, commute to Laurel). Which part of Laurel are you intending to go to? Couple different options presented below - destination is near the WSSC building in West Laurel.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/830753010
    https://www.strava.com/activities/931770229

    If you're destination is north of 198, I would maybe consider a variation of Rod's route. Crossing north of 198 is easier west of Laurel than in it, although Van Dusen crossing isn't too bad. If you are aiming south of there, I would get onto Konterra and enter Laurel through Van Dusen (it's a little tight between Konterra and Contee at the moment, but that will end if there ever finish the Contee realignment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett L. View Post
    If you can get to Beltsville, continuing onto Laurel is easy (I live in Beltsville, commute to Laurel). Which part of Laurel are you intending to go to? Couple different options presented below - destination is near the WSSC building in West Laurel.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/830753010
    https://www.strava.com/activities/931770229

    If you're destination is north of 198, I would maybe consider a variation of Rod's route. Crossing north of 198 is easier west of Laurel than in it, although Van Dusen crossing isn't too bad. If you are aiming south of there, I would get onto Konterra and enter Laurel through Van Dusen (it's a little tight between Konterra and Contee at the moment, but that will end if there ever finish the Contee realignment).
    And yes, take the ART up to NE Branch Anacostia, keep heading north along College Park trolley trail, then take Rhode Island all the way north until you get to my routes

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    Thanks for all the tips! I'll have to bike the whole way now!

    I'm going to old Main Street Laurel, C Street, it backs up to the Patuxent River / Riverside park, only a few blocks from the MARC station. Old Town Laurel is pretty cut-off by big highways, it seems. I may have to modify all of these suggestions to get to where I need to go.

    I'm thinking something along the lines of this:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20655593

    or this, without MD 197:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20655767
    Last edited by mello yello; 04-27-2017 at 11:38 AM.

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    I used to commute from Laurel down to Goddard. I would use Soil Conservation Road, a little bit of Powder Mill, and Springfield Rd, and Brock Bridge. It was a while ago, so I don't remember it all. These roads are probably farther east than you need to go.

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