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    Has anyone ridden by the waterfront lately? Is it bikeable on weekdays? Or do most people go across the Case Bridge to get to Eye St?

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    Has anyone ridden by the waterfront lately? Is it bikeable on weekdays? Or do most people go across the Case Bridge to get to Eye St?
    Last time I rode was a week ago (we have been out of town, and I am recovering from a nasty cold), but have been riding pretty regularly all spring and winter.

    I go on Maine to 7th and then up 7th to Eye.

    I ride the wide sidewalk past the fish market, up to 9th. I usually take the lane from 9th to 7th. Its different every day, depending on what the construction vehicles are doing. Sometimes two lanes, sometimes one. Its often not that bad - though this (three way intersection at 9th and Maine) is one of the few places where I will Idaho the red, as getting out in front allows me to get to my left turn on 7th before auto traffic comes up behind me. If however I do have auto traffic behind me, its usually not that bad, because everyone is going slowly anyway, and its not that far from 9th to 7th, and I just ride as fast as I can. Sometimes its tempting to scoot to the right when that is not an open lane, but you have to be really really careful to not hit construction workers, and not be hit by a construction vehicle if you do that.

    On days when wind direction means I will be particularly slow, and bad weather means there will be fewer pedestrians, I sometimes bag taking the lane and cross to the sidewalk on the north side of Maine.

    Coming westbound in the evening, you don't have to deal with all the construction, just finding a comfortable path to making a left onto the crosswalk by the fishmarket. Though another alternative is staying in the far right lane and then going to the sidewalk at the crosswalk (or at 9th) to cross as a pedestrian. Again for me the choice is determined by traffic volume, and conditions. If I get to 7th and Maine when traffic is light, and the light is timed right, its a comfortable scoot from 7th to 9th.

    If there is too much traffic, the sidewalk, even riding slowly, can be faster, and involves less breathing of fumes.

    I should probably do Case more often, but I really don't much care for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    Has anyone ridden by the waterfront lately? Is it bikeable on weekdays? Or do most people go across the Case Bridge to get to Eye St?
    I ride Maine Ave. every commute. What's not to love? The construction has expanded to include the section in front of the Fish Market these days, so new holes are blown into the sidewalk regularly, covered with steel plates (maybe or maybe not feathered with perimeter asphalt), then filled with gravel to a reasonably levelled state. Lots of randomly placed orange construction barriers, signs, and cones everywhere. Traffic can be stopped at random at any time by a flag-person with a portable stop sign to allow access to the site by a vehicle of some sort. And if you go home too early in the afternoon, you can contend with clueless tourons (what does that ringing bell mean?) being dumped off by their buses for Potomac River cruises.

    In short, a festival of randomness, with the added bonus of the Fish Market Dumpster Smellscape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    I ride Maine Ave. every commute. What's not to love? The construction has expanded to include the section in front of the Fish Market these days, so new holes are blown into the sidewalk regularly, covered with steel plates (maybe or maybe not feathered with perimeter asphalt), then filled with gravel to a reasonably levelled state. Lots of randomly placed orange construction barriers, signs, and cones everywhere. Traffic can be stopped at random at any time by a flag-person with a portable stop sign to allow access to the site by a vehicle of some sort. And if you go home too early in the afternoon, you can contend with clueless tourons (what does that ringing bell mean?) being dumped off by their buses for Potomac River cruises.

    In short, a festival of randomness, with the added bonus of the Fish Market Dumpster Smellscape.
    You forgot to mention the omnipresent dust blowing off the work site like the sands of the Sahara. Also, riding west, you get to deal with impatient Maryland drivers to your left and construction worker drop-offs, dump trucks, and parking tour buses to your right.

    This is one section of my commute that I jump the lights when I can riding east...the construction just adds that extra level of "excitement" when dealing with the heavy traffic (particularly at Maine/12th) and so I take every opportunity to get ahead of the cars since I have to work my way to the left turn lane at 7th St.

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    I live in SW on 4th and ride that stretch almost every day. It has truly become an adventure. I wonder what it will be like when construction of Phase 2 (the southern part) starts.

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    I rode it once this year. I've taken the case bridge ever since, even though Maine Ave would cut down on my time/distance to work. I am generally comfortable riding on the road, but the road conditions + downright aggressive drivers made it not worth it for me when I had a viable and safer alternative.

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    This is what happened to me 32 months ago on Maine Ave. Now I take the Case Bridge.

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    I take Case Bridge. Trying to get on to the sidewalk at the Fish Market has become a game of whack-a-mole since much of the parking lot is now under construction, drivers trying to get into the parking lot are insane, and the rush hour traffic is murderous. Have done it a couple of times recently and decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    This is what happened to me 32 months ago on Maine Ave. Now I take the Case Bridge.

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    Ouuuccchhh. I can see why you take the Case bridge. Wow

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    So I did my first commute in about a year today and took Maine Ave to 7th St.

    It was definitely an adventure! I went through around 6:45. There was moderate traffic already, but the crazy part was the number of construction workers all milling around and shit. it was like a busy NYC sidewalk except people were in hard hats and hi-vis vests instead of business suits. There were hundreds of them. I Idaho stopped the light at 9th St, as some sort of suggested and got into the left turn lane for 7th and suddenly, the craziness was over. The rest of the ride was about the same as I remember.

    Thanks for the advice, all! I'll probably try Maine Ave on the way back this evening but it's easy to do the Case Bridge instead if it's too crazy.

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