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Thread: Landbay K at Potomac Yards trail (Potomac Avenue and Main Line Boulevard)

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    Default Landbay K at Potomac Yard trail (Potomac Avenue and Main Line Boulevard)

    It looks like work is starting on the section of the Potomac Avenue and Main Line Boulevard trail (I haven't found any reference to a formal name for the trail) that will connect the trail to Braddock Road. I rode on Main Line south of Monroe Avenue this morning and ran into a Miss Utility contractor who was marking out utility lines in the area of the trail. He indicated that work has already begun to mark out the trail.

    End of the trail today
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    New section being laid out

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    For some history of this trail see this 2008 article by WashCycle.
    Last edited by CaseyKane50; 03-20-2015 at 02:59 PM. Reason: Changed Yards to Yard in title

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    In the next couple of weeks someone should also be fixing the gaps around the electrical access panels on the officially open segment north of the Route 1 bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterw_diy View Post
    In the next couple of weeks someone should also be fixing the gaps around the electrical access panels on the officially open segment north of the Route 1 bridge.
    That'll be nice. I'll probably still stick to the street, but there were some rough spots on the already open trail segment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    It looks like work is starting on the section of the Potomac Avenue and Main Line Boulevard trail (I haven't found any reference to a formal name for the trail) that will connect the trail to Braddock Road. I rode on Main Line south of Monroe Avenue this morning and ran into a Miss Utility contractor who was marking out utility lines in the area of the trail. He indicated that work has already begun to mark out the trail.
    So far, that trail is shaping up to be very nice. I'm looking forward to them finishing the Braddock Road connection.

    I usually take the newly paved section of that trail until it ends and crosses the street (I then take the road). One thing I've noticed, however, is that the area around the playground is turning into a miniature Gravelly Point with little kids and/or other people wandering aimlessly onto the trail staring at the minivans/SUV's they are about to board, not realizing the 200+ lb force of nature coming at them (I slow down, but still).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    So far, that trail is shaping up to be very nice. I'm looking forward to them finishing the Braddock Road connection.

    I usually take the newly paved section of that trail until it ends and crosses the street (I then take the road). One thing I've noticed, however, is that the area around the playground is turning into a miniature Gravelly Point with little kids and/or other people wandering aimlessly onto the trail staring at the minivans/SUV's they are about to board, not realizing the 200+ lb force of nature coming at them (I slow down, but still).
    I wish they'd post signs by the playground to watch for bikes and kids. It might help make people more aware that it's a mixed use trail, and not just pavement in front of the park (which is how many of the parents seem to treat it). It'd also remind bikers to slow down--I've seen a few blast through crowds of kids by the park. I've begun riding on the street around that area on weekends. The trail is really nice and great for my weekday commute...but the playground is filled with toddlers on Saturday and Sunday. They're too unpredictable, even when I'm going super slow. So far the parents have controlled their kids around my bike, but I watched a few get knocked over by joggers last weekend, so I'm trying to avoid the path on weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    One thing I've noticed, however, is that the area around the playground is turning into a miniature Gravelly Point
    One of the pluses of Potomac Avenue, Crystal Drive and Long Bridge Drive is avoiding long stretches of the Mount Vernon Trail including Gravelly Point. Unlike at Gravelly Point, you at least you have an alternative to take the street along Potomac Avenue.
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    Default Potomac Yards Trail

    Carrie Sanders, from the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) has informed me that the trail is known as the Potomac Yards Trail. She said that construction had been delayed due to weather, but expects the trail to be completed by this Fall. Information about the project going forward will be posted at https://www.alexandriava.gov/PotomacYard

    Here are a couple of other shots of the trail taken earlier this year.

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    The Potomac Yard developer is installing outdoor exercise equipment along that trail. Might be useful for cross-training, cyclocross training and American Ninja Warrior training.

    https://twitter.com/vtspaeth/status/...801984/photo/1

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    The new apartment building at the corner of Potomac Ave. and Rte. 1 (Station 650) is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2015. Their website indicates that the building will have an on-site bike shop. I don't know what that means, whether it's limited to residents or whether it will be open to the general public.

    http://station650potomacyard.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    The new apartment building at the corner of Potomac Ave. and Rte. 1 (Station 650) is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2015. Their website indicates that the building will have an on-site bike shop. I don't know what that means, whether it's limited to residents or whether it will be open to the general public.

    http://station650potomacyard.com/
    The cynic in me says that it's only going to be available to residents, and the on-site bike shop will be, at best, the equivalent of the Phoenix Bikes vending machine and work stand by the Crystal City Connector.

    As for all the other fru-fru $H!T that's going into this apartment building, if you ever wonder why infill development, TOD, redevelopment/gentrification sometimes meet so much hostility, this is a large part of why. How much more stereotypical can it get than "private pet spa- connect with boutique-style personal service". Personally, I'd like to see some regular apartments be built sometime... anywhere in Alex/Arl, especially near metro. I'm OK with contractor grade everything if my rent doesn't have be $2000 a month for a "pet spa" I'll never use. Ugh... guess I got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning.

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