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    Another thing to remember is that you don't have to come back the way you got down. Piney Branch might be fine heading in (Blagden comes down in the stretch that's closed now), and then take a different way back.

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    So, Piney Branch. I just drove it today at about 330PM. NB it's a parking lot. SB it's moving steadily. The pavement SUCKS. There's no shoulder. There is a sidepath for a while but not the whole way. It's pretty much straight downhill, though, and the speed limit is 25, which actually seemed to resemble how fast cars were going.

    In conclusion, I wouldn't bike it unless I really had to. Others might reasonably make a different decision, and I'd probably get used to it if I tried it for a while, but I can't recommend it.

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    Many of us who bike from Silver Spring to downtown cut through Chevy Chase and pick up the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda. This is a great ride, especially if you have a bit of extra time.

    A second trail option is to take Wise Road through Rock Creek Park to Oregon Ave, then turn left on the paved bike trail through the woods and follow that down to Georgetown via Ridge Road.

    Finally, you could take the 14th St bike lane and 15th St cycletrack to P Street and head into Georgetown from there. Lots of options!

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    When I lived off of Georgia Ave, I would ride down Aspen to Sherrill Dr and into Rock Creek Park. Traffic should not be too bad at the moment because of Beach Dr's reconstruction. Ross Dr and Ridge Rd are closed to cars but open to people walking and biking. Ross Dr has a wicked hill but it is pretty and even when it was open to cars, hardly any used it. Try this link. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/8802...m0!3e1!5m1!1e3 If you don't like Piney Branch Rd in MD, try E Wayne to Silgo Creek Trail and up Hartford. This route has a few sections with a lot of traffic but they are relatively short. For example, the DC section of Piney Branch Rd is wide for one spot and then narrow for another few blocks.

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    Don't ride 16th Street if you want to live. Drivers on that road are downright horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    Don't ride 16th Street if you want to live. Drivers on that road are downright horrible.
    I'm always surprised to see cyclists on 16th Street. Fourteenth is such an easy alternative, and the portion north of Columbia Heights is pretty chill.

    At one point there was a proposal to make dedicated bike/bus lanes on 16th. That might change things. But, it is a very busy bus route and I have a hard time imagining that I would prefer it over 14th.

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    I did it for a year at one point. It was the most direct, fastest route from downtown to Forest Glen. The hills are not particularly steep, and it's pleasant scenery.

    It's also 2 lanes of enraged suburbanites trying to race out of downtown at the maximum possible speed, no shoulder and no parking lane. I got bumped at speed more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    Finally, you could take the 14th St bike lane and 15th St cycletrack to P Street and head into Georgetown from there. Lots of options!
    I have found R St. to be pretty fast for going across town east to west. I haven't ridden it during rush hour, but one night, coming home from Sarah Bee's, I hit every single light green from the MBT to Connecticut. It took like 6 minutes or something (I should search for that Strava record).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    It's also 2 lanes of enraged suburbanites trying to race out of downtown at the maximum possible speed, no shoulder and no parking lane. I got bumped at speed more than once.
    I live near that awful intersection of 16th, Eastern, Colesville Rd, and North Portal. It is constant drama.

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