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    Default Pentagon Metro to Jefferson Memoral, about 7:15 AM

    Commuting newbie.

    I will be taking my bike on the express bus from Annandale, to Pentagon metro on BTWD. Will ride across the 14th street bridge to Jefferson Memorial, where a retired former coworker will meet me, and ride in to Canal Park together (I've only done a test ride across DC once, and he used to commute regularly. ) He wants to meet at 7:45, so I will try to get to take the 6:40 bus (oy!) which should get to Pentagon around 7:10 to 7:15. Leaving me abundant time to cross the bridge.

    If there are others gathering around there to do the crossing, I wouldn't mind joining them (though they may find me going painfully slowly up ANY grade). Don't want anyone going out of their way though.

    Alternatively since probably few are doing the bike on bus to the pentagon thing, can I assume there will be lots of people crossing the 14th street bridge? Actually Im not sure why Im even asking that - I guess there would be lots of such people at that hour in May even if it wasn't BTWD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    Commuting newbie.

    I will be taking my bike on the express bus from Annandale, to Pentagon metro on BTWD. Will ride across the 14th street bridge to Jefferson Memorial, where a retired former coworker will meet me, and ride in to Canal Park together (I've only done a test ride across DC once, and he used to commute regularly. ) He wants to meet at 7:45, so I will try to get to take the 6:40 bus (oy!) which should get to Pentagon around 7:10 to 7:15. Leaving me abundant time to cross the bridge.

    If there are others gathering around there to do the crossing, I wouldn't mind joining them (though they may find me going painfully slowly up ANY grade). Don't want anyone going out of their way though.

    Alternatively since probably few are doing the bike on bus to the pentagon thing, can I assume there will be lots of people crossing the 14th street bridge? Actually Im not sure why Im even asking that - I guess there would be lots of such people at that hour in May even if it wasn't BTWD.
    I bike this stretch everyday and I can say that there will be a steady stream of bikes across the bridge (heck there were a steady steam of bikes back in January). Taking the route across the connector road (first left if walking from the bus depot to the slug line) to Boundary Channel, over to the LBJ park/columbia island, around the marina, and over the humpback bridge to the 14th street bridge access it should take you no more than 20 minutes (even if you are very slow.) I'm not sure of your route beyond that. I ride the wide sidewalks along the Jefferson, cross over to the East Sidwalk just before the Washington Channel outlet, and then ride along the path near the fish market. You can then ride along Water street to 7th. Turn left on 7th then right on Eye street across to SE. Canal park is easily accessible off of L or K streets SE.

    The entire route usually takes me around 30 mintues including walking time at the pentagon and ride time on the Navy Yard. If you find that you want to have a little more fun, you can take the MVT south to the Crystal City cutoff and up the hill to the Crystal City Water Park for an extra pit stop. This would add about 2.5 miles round trip to your commute.

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    The one time I test rode this, it took me about 45 minutes. I'm probably in better shape now, but not that much, and still riding the same clunker MTB with the same knobby tires. My friend wants to be at Canal Park at 8:15 to meet some other of his friends - and since we've been talking about my eventual commute on BTWD for almost a year now, and I haven't seen him since he retired, I'd like to ride with him. 7:45 should give plenty of slack for anything. I need some slack on the other side due to the unpredictability of the 29G bus (should be fast on a Friday, but part of the route is on the non-HOV lanes of I395, so one can never tell). If I get in to the Pentagon really early I suppose I can do Crystal City, but won't have much time to hang out.

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    "you can take the MVT south to the Crystal City cutoff and up the hill to the Crystal City Water Park for an extra pit stop. This would add about 2.5 miles round trip to your commute. "

    I would think its faster, IF I go to Crystal City, to bypass the MVT and just head through the Pentagon lot and through Pentagon City?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    "you can take the MVT south to the Crystal City cutoff and up the hill to the Crystal City Water Park for an extra pit stop. This would add about 2.5 miles round trip to your commute. "

    I would think its faster, IF I go to Crystal City, to bypass the MVT and just head through the Pentagon lot and through Pentagon City?
    Yes, it is faster to bypass the MVT from the Pentagon to Crystal City. But you don't go through Pentagon City. From the Pentagon Connector Road, make a right on Boundary Channel, go under the freeway, make another right and go past Long Bridge Park, then a left into Crystal City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnoftheDread View Post
    Yes, it is faster to bypass the MVT from the Pentagon to Crystal City. But you don't go through Pentagon City. From the Pentagon Connector Road, make a right on Boundary Channel, go under the freeway, make another right and go past Long Bridge Park, then a left into Crystal City.
    On the map it looks like Eads --> 12th would be shorter. What makes the Long Bridge Park route better? Fewer stop lights and cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    On the map it looks like Eads --> 12th would be shorter. What makes the Long Bridge Park route better? Fewer stop lights and cars?
    It's only better because I forgot about Eads and remembered Long Bridge.

    Yes, Eads would probably be the quicker route, though I've never gone that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnoftheDread View Post
    It's only better because I forgot about Eads and remembered Long Bridge.

    Yes, Eads would probably be the quicker route, though I've never gone that way.
    Yes I agree completely, I didn't want to confuse you with my post, Yesterday when I rode from the bus depot at the pentagon to Crystal City, I took Eads to 15th, which puts you closer to the water park and avoids salmoning on the one-way portion of Crystal drive.

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    FYI, I rode Joyce to 15th to the Water Park today and it was lovely. You should be fine on 15th and Crystal. The WP is on the East side of the street, so you may want to cross on use the sidewalk for at least the last block. It's easy to spot the tent.

    The ride from the WP to and over the 14th St Bridge is really lovely, and mostly flat. Planes flying overhead, cool breezes in the swamp beside the water, wild life and beautiful vistas of DC... You MVT commuters are lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    The ride from the WP to and over the 14th St Bridge is really lovely, and mostly flat. Planes flying overhead, cool breezes in the swamp beside the water, wild life and beautiful vistas of DC... You MVT commuters are lucky.
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