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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    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.
    I live in the neighborhood and generally tell people to take 18th street instead of 15th. Nice wide bike lanes and a lot less traffic. Takes you within a block of the entrance to the Crystal City connector tunnel to the MVT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jopamora View Post
    Until the next windy day
    Which lately has seemed like everyday!

    But the route is nice. One of the reasons I started commuting to begin with.

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    I did it!!!! Made it to work! Got the t-shirt!

    I passed on Crystal City - while my bus got in on time, I didn't want to chance keeping my friend waiting (we were also meeting another friend of his). I got from Pentagon to Jefferson Memorial early. The ride from Jeff Memorial to Canal Park was easy (easier than the ride from the Pentagon) despite an (auto) accident at I and S South Capital. We took a picture to show the passing of the baton as the agency's official bike commuter, and there was a Department BTWD picture. I now have a nice t-shirt, and some bottled water, as swag. Got a muffin, but they were out of regular coffee so I passed on the decaf. Fitness center shower worked out fine. Forgot to wait around at Canal Park for the raffle - not sure when or even if they did that.

    Next year, when I'm more of a regular, I will try to do the multiple pit-stop thing.

    Looking forward to hopefully an easy ride back to the Pentagon this evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I live in the neighborhood and generally tell people to take 18th street instead of 15th. Nice wide bike lanes and a lot less traffic. Takes you within a block of the entrance to the Crystal City connector tunnel to the MVT.
    15th St. will be nicer next year when they realign the road between Crystal Drive and Rte. 1. Traffic lanes will be reduced to two in each direction, instead of the four lanes on one section of the road. That makes more sense for a short, local road. It's not supposed to be a limited-access highway, but that's what it feels like now.

    The small park in the median of the road will be expanded and upgraded with pedestrian walkways. 14th Rd. and Bell St. will be modified to provide a direction connection, instead of that awkward curved route of 14th Rd. in front of the Crowne Plaza hotel.

    I think the project has received initial approvals. Construction is scheduled to start next spring and finish up by the fall (ideally). The Clark St. overpasses will be demolished at a future stage, but not next year.

    http://www.crystalcity.org/area/tran...th-realignment

    http://www.crystalcity.org/_files/do...stal-drive.pdf

    (I'm puzzled about why this project wasn't coordinated with the Crystal Drive two-way project though. The small park at the corner of 15th & Crystal Drive is undergoing renovation and construction this year. A new sidewalk was added on the curved section of 14th Rd. But when 15th St. is realigned next year, much of that new sidewalk will be removed. I guess the sidewalk will be useful through Fall 2014. But it just seems like a waste to build a sidewalk and then remove it the following year.)

    http://goo.gl/maps/9cGoh
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    I'd rather they decreased the width of the park to put in truly protected bike lanes; right now the plans only indicate sharrows (with on street parking).

    Also, I don't understand why Crystal Drive is a four lane road (2 lanes each direction). That road doesn't get that enough traffic to warrant so much asphalt and it makes it ped/cycle unfriendly. Perhaps they are planning on removing a lane or two in case the street car ever arrives.

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    I'd rather they decreased the width of the park to put in truly protected bike lanes; right now the plans only indicate sharrows (with on street parking).

    Also, I don't understand why Crystal Drive is a four lane road (2 lanes each direction). That road doesn't get that enough traffic to warrant so much asphalt and it makes it ped/cycle unfriendly. Perhaps they are planning on removing a lane or two in case the street car ever arrives.

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    The bus rapid transit system is supposed to start up next spring. Only part of the route will have dedicated lanes. I don't remember if that includes Crystal Drive or not. The BRT would eventually be replaced by the streetcar several years later.

    It seems like Crystal Drive used to be even wider, or not. All of the restaurants between 20th and 23rd Streets were added about a decade ago, I think. None of those smaller structures were there before. Did they remove a traffic lane to add the restaurants? I never walked (or rode) around there much before the neighborhood changed (for the better). I remember thinking that back then, there was very little reason to visit that area, when it was just offices and a couple residential buildings. The road was also one-way. It was designed to be a circulator route, combined with the Clark St. overpasses. Terrible design, but at least they have been changing it. By the end of the year, most of Crystal Drive will be two-way. Eventually, even the southern end, near Rte. 1, will also be two-way, partly to accommodate the BRT and streetcar projects.

    FYI - Eads Street is supposed to be repaved and the bike lanes will be extended north to cover most (or all) of the road. Currently there are bike lanes only on the southern section.
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    Made it back the Pentagon myself, completing the bike commute day.

    1. Riding UP the ramp from the parking garage is not my favorite way to start my ride home.
    2. The parking folks at USDOT nicely put a BTWD parking permit on my bike for me - I will have to find out the standard procedure for parking.
    3. The I Street bike lane was fenced off for construction westbound.
    4. I was pleased to note that at 7th and Maine I, of all people, was riding more VC style than some other cyclists (taking the center lane to cross to Water, while someone else was in the right turn lane, even though he was clearly proceeding through to Water) and that someone was drafting me for several blocks.
    5. I still dislike riding on the Pentagon Reservation, but will have to get used to that

    But all was justified by the satisfaction of completing the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    Made it back the Pentagon myself, completing the bike commute day.

    1. Riding UP the ramp from the parking garage is not my favorite way to start my ride home.
    2. The parking folks at USDOT nicely put a BTWD parking permit on my bike for me - I will have to find out the standard procedure for parking.
    3. The I Street bike lane was fenced off for construction westbound.
    4. I was pleased to note that at 7th and Maine I, of all people, was riding more VC style than some other cyclists (taking the center lane to cross to Water, while someone else was in the right turn lane, even though he was clearly proceeding through to Water) and that someone was drafting me for several blocks.
    5. I still dislike riding on the Pentagon Reservation, but will have to get used to that

    But all was justified by the satisfaction of completing the day.
    I presume you work at DOT HQ. I did a detail there last summer and was told I could park anywhere in the garage at a rack (you have to show your ID before entering the garage of course). The hardest part for me was finding my bike at the end of the day since there are numerous entrances to the garage. I never bothered getting a permit because not long after starting my detail I sustained an injury that kept me from riding for the rest of the summer. I've been told by long time commuters that there are bikes parked there that haven't moved in years so I don't think anyone keeps tabs on the bikes in the garage.

    I found a number of back road routes to DOT so I could stay off the main roads most of the way coming from Pentagon City. I'm not a morning person so I was arriving at the height of rush hour and wanted to avoid the worst.

    Too bad you live so far away from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    Too bad you live so far away from work.

    Working on that

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