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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    These roads are probably farther east than you need to go.
    Yeah, if I get north of the Beltway east of the B/W parkway there are limited access points to go West. I used to commute to New Carrollton by bike somewhat irregularly, and that wasn't too bad once I figured out how to avoid 701. They've since re-done 701 with bike shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mello yello View Post
    You'll find that Segment 16 is locked off and not accessible (legally).

    I would maybe recommend this particular route. I find it pretty friendly,:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20659658

    Along Route 1, on the west side, there is a MUP that is bike friendly. The only trick is getting over Indian Creek for which you have to go against traffic for about 20 feet.

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    I commute from DC to Laurel on a daily basis. This is the route I would recommend (it is similar to what I ride every day):

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20661801

    This is similar to the Route Brett L. recommended with a few changes. You'd be on nice trail most of the way, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (awesome), the NE Branch, College Park Trolley Trail, then Rhode Island Ave. up through Beltsville, then a pathway along the side of Route 1 (one narrow spot), to Konterra (wide bike lanes), Van Dusen (one narrow spot), then mostly neighborhood roads through Laurel.

    Let me know, I'd be happy to meet up with you and ride any day.

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    Well, if you're going to go through Van Dusen, I'd recommend staying on Van Dusen all the way to Cherry Lane. I find both those roads to be relatively low stress (except for Van Dusen from Konterra to Contee), and you won't have to worry about people exiting driveways or turning around blind corners.

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    Both great options. Thanks Bret L and closebr. I didn't realize my option #2 had taken me through the restricted Beltsville Ag Research center. Actually, that route added another 300ft of elevation gain all told.

    I'm looking forward to this now. I'd like to do it once or twice before BTWD, and probably periodically after that. closebr, I'll definitely take you up on that offer, I'll probably be PM'ing you, maybe as early as next week some time, if it's nice. I'm probably not ever going to become a regular, but doing it periodically sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mello yello View Post
    Both great options. Thanks Bret L and closebr. I didn't realize my option #2 had taken me through the restricted Beltsville Ag Research center. Actually, that route added another 300ft of elevation gain all told.

    I'm looking forward to this now. I'd like to do it once or twice before BTWD, and probably periodically after that. closebr, I'll definitely take you up on that offer, I'll probably be PM'ing you, maybe as early as next week some time, if it's nice. I'm probably not ever going to become a regular, but doing it periodically sounds good.
    Just let me know when you want to ride, I could meet your somewhere along the ART.

    As a side note, you were asking about transit options. I do keep a bike locker at Greenbelt Station and just take the metro from my house to there sometimes, it reduces the ride to 7 miles. The station is along the route we sent you. You can exit out the west side of the station and connect to Rhode Island Ave. The bike lockers cost $120 a year, and are a good option for overnight bike storage in my opinion. I can send you the bike locker info if you want.

    I thought about using the MARC too, but found that the schedule was set up more for inbound riders than outbound riders, so wouldn't work for me. Plus the MARC does not have bike lockers.

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    A big thanks to Brian and Brett for the route suggestions, and an even bigger thanks to Brett for riding with me on my first commute in 6 months last Thursday, pointing out the landmarks, helping repair my flats, lending the spare tube and patch kit, etc. It made BTWD possible for me. I have an extra spare for you the next time I see you. I'm hoping I can do round 2 next week!

    Heading to Laurel Lake / Granville Gude involved two awful crossings of MD 198 on 4th and 5th streets, and I took Brett's suggestion and crossed at Van Deusen near Sandy Spring Rd. It looks like I can loop down to the river trail near the pool, and take that to my office. If anyone were to need to bike to Laurel MARC station that would also be a good route.

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