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    As of 0630:

    4MR from S. Glebe to S. Eads was clear and dry - THANKS ARLCO!!! on the way home yesterday I caught up to a sweeper brushing the trail, gave the driver a huge double thumbs up and a "You F'ing Rock!"

    S. Eads to 18th St. - roadway is clear and dry, but the north bound bike lanes are a mix of icy, rutty, and slushy.

    CC Connector to MVT was clear until the tunnel, then mostly hardpack up to the MVT.

    MVT nb to 14th St. Bridge - not too, too bad. not very rutty, and mostly two cow paths of hardpack up to the bridge.

    14th St. Bridge = careful with the high winds. Today I learned how much a 10-15mph crosswind and make your chosen line through ruts, well, not your chosen line anymore.

    Once inside DC proper - smooth sailing on surface streets from 15th to NOMA.

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    Default Potential MVT bypass

    This morning I took a new route avoiding the MVT from 4MRT to the city.

    Take Eads Street to 12th to get over to Long Bridge Drive. Continue on Boundary Channel to the exit to the parkway north. Take Washington Blvd bike path across the 2 crossings of the parkway and over the south sidewalk of Memorial bridge. Sidewalks down the middle of the mall from the Lincoln memorial to Washington memorial. This way is entirely clear (well, not the bike lanes on Eads or Long Bridge Dr--just take the street) except for the crap along the Washington Blvd sidepath. It certainly beat the 2 miles of crap along the MVT and the 14th Street bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    the only bad spot was the 100 feet of sidewalk you have to navigate before getting a curbcut onto Meade (seriously, Arlington, just put a curbcut at the path!).

    AND - lose the totally ridiculous concrete bollards (or maybe they're steel; whatever). Love the one at the bottom by the memorial (it's probably NPS's, not Arlington's, though).

    Like cars couldn't just drive on around it if they wanted. Just put up a sign instead. Stupid.

    And the one at the top (you can see behind the parked red car), which isn't in a place a car could ever even be, unless it jumped the curb. It's just on the sidewalk, serving no purpose but to endanger cyclists and pedestrians. Even more stupider. Not sure if this is NPS or Arlington at this point.


    And to second dasgeh's point, a curb cut here would also benefit the CaBi riders. I have had numerous conflicts with pedestrians on this portion of the sidewalk, because there is no other option but to ride on the sidewalk even if you want to ride on the street. Or at least not without having to dismount and squeeze your bike between parked cars and over the curb.
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    The descent through Arlington National Cemetary is clear and ice free, as is Ft. Myer, provided you stay on the main road rather than riding parallel through the parking lot (which is in pretty bad shape). Similarly, most of the trail from ANC across the Memorial Bridge is fine up to the Lincon memorial. However, crossing the pavement in front of the memorial is tricky, its very patchy with ice. The pathway along the tidal basin and around the Monument is clear though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom H View Post
    N Arlington to mall today [...]
    Sounds like we have a similar commute. I took Lee Hwy (drivers were very considerate, bike lane was ice) to Custis (pristine, as noted), but instead of going to TR Bridge, I turned left on Fort Myer Drive (totally clear) to the Iwo Jima (same issue as yesterday -- 50 feet of needless sidewalk complete mess, then trails and road clear) to the trail by 110 (pristine, thanks ArlCo!). That took me to the ANC Metro and the paths along Memorial Drive/Memorial Bridge were great (thanks NPS!) up until the Lincoln. After the Lincoln the sidewalk along Henry Bacon and Constitution is still a mess (NPS?!?!?) but I took the lane without problem.

    If you really want to stick with the TR Bridge, which is my regular route, you can take Virginia Avenue, which sees little traffic, to 19th to Constitution, and save yourself distance and icy mess.

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    Default Key Bridge sidepath? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    Any reports on either sidepath along the Key Bridge? I'm considering coming home that way...

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    Last night at around 18:00 the north side sidewalk (upstream, if that makes any sense) of Key Bridge was very well cleared, with the exception of some treacherous ice on the little downhill bit right before the entry ramp to Spout Run. So perfectly rideable with a bit of caution at the end.

    Also, M Street in DC was well cleared, north bound, with the exception of the slush mess between the cross streets of Potomac and 34th, IIRC. I took the lane and the drivers were very courteous, but then again there was very little traffic last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    And to second dasgeh's point, a curb cut here would also benefit the CaBi riders. I have had numerous conflicts with pedestrians on this portion of the sidewalk, because there is no other option but to ride on the sidewalk even if you want to ride on the street. Or at least not without having to dismount and squeeze your bike between parked cars and over the curb.
    Well, the curb cut placement is for the 14th St crosswalk. Of course, there's no reason there couldn't be a second curb cut where the walk ramp comes up from the monument.

    Also on the uncleared trails is the new Arlington Blvd trail from Rhodes/Queen to Pershing. I got to that point and turned around and took Rhodes to Key Blvd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    Well, the curb cut placement is for the 14th St crosswalk. Of course, there's no reason there couldn't be a second curb cut where the walk ramp comes up from the monument.

    Also on the uncleared trails is the new Arlington Blvd trail from Rhodes/Queen to Pershing. I got to that point and turned around and took Rhodes to Key Blvd.
    Was Key cleared? I took Wilson yesterday because I wasn't sure. My street is a rutted icy mess, so I didn't have much confidence in clearing of neighborhood streets.

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    On the ride home last night, after battling rutted ice for the few miles of MVT from 14th St to 4MR, I literally sang the praises of Arlington when I saw how clear 4MR was. Like, I was literally singing, "I love you, Arlington!" No one else was around to hear me, which I'm thankful for, but had there been someone, I think they would have understood my motivation and not thought any worse of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by DismalScientist View Post
    This morning I took a new route avoiding the MVT from 4MRT to the city.

    Take Eads Street to 12th to get over to Long Bridge Drive. Continue on Boundary Channel to the exit to the parkway north. Take Washington Blvd bike path across the 2 crossings of the parkway and over the south sidewalk of Memorial bridge. Sidewalks down the middle of the mall from the Lincoln memorial to Washington memorial. This way is entirely clear (well, not the bike lanes on Eads or Long Bridge Dr--just take the street) except for the crap along the Washington Blvd sidepath. It certainly beat the 2 miles of crap along the MVT and the 14th Street bridge.
    I did something similar except I cut over at the little bridge to the LBJ Memorial and through the marina parking lot to the double humpback.
    *Potomac Avenue from Del Ray into Crystal City was all clear except that the bike lane after entering Arlington wasn't cleared. I just took the lane. (The side path in Potomac Yard, though plowed, was regularly punctuated by smooth sheets of refreeze. Studs handled this well.) Similar story through Crystal City and up Long Bridge Drive.
    *Pentagon Reservation roads were all cleared and the bridge to the LBJ even had a path cleared, too. Paths on the island were icy and mildly rutted, but parking lot was clear.
    *Trails beginning at the double humpback and around to the 14th St Bridge were pretty bad, and the bridge itself wasn't fun either. DC has plowed the bridge in the past. I hope they get to it today.
    *DC proper was clear except for a couple hundred foot stretch of the trail around the Tidal Basin that still had ice and snow on it, though there was a work crew with salt out at the Jefferson, so maybe they'll clean it up during the day.

    Also hoping for more solar plowing on the MVT today. May try going home that way since it sounds like there's maybe been some improvement since last night.

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