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D.C. Ride Advice(7 posts)

D.C. Ride Adviceno excuses
Apr 3, 2003 5:23 AM
I have some time to ride on Saturday in the St.Albans School neighborhood of D.C. Is the Towpath close (seems pretty likely) or Rock Creek Park. Looking for trails and need to decide if I should take my hybrid or road bike.
Also thinking about heading toward the basin for the cherry blossoms. Thanks.
Entrance to the Athletic Center is at Woodley Rd. and 35th St. NW. The Zip is 20016. Parking is available on the grounds of the National Cathedral.
Stay away from the Tidal Basin and the Cherry BlossomsMB1
Apr 3, 2003 6:45 AM
Unless you like huge crowds. Also the MUTs and the C&O Canal tow path are likely to be very crowded as well. Try the Bike Washington website for routes and ideas for riding around town.

Miss M and I are very fond of riding in the National Arboretum if you are looking for a short ride in town. The ride getting to the Arboretum goes through some bad areas but you are pretty safe in daylight.
Arboretum's good...OverStuffed
Apr 3, 2003 4:34 PM
It's also not too far from my house. I ride through those neighborhoods twice a day, not as bad as they look since there's no shortage of foot and car traffic. I'm usually more worried about all the glass. All the crosstown routes, though, are pretty heavily trafficked, so only do that if you're accustomed to the traffic patterns, etc. Really, though, since you're already over there, I'd just go up Beach Drive or something.
I'm going to go in a different direction from my friend andbill
Apr 3, 2003 7:11 AM
neighbor MB1 -- I love the trails when they are crowded. Don't get me wrong, it's lousy riding for riding's sake. It's stop and go and watch out and dirty looks. But the trails around D.C. are beautiful, and they can be a great way to see the city. Also, great people watching. Once you recognize that that's what's going on, and you lower your expectations, they can really be fun.
Depends on what you are out for.
Good weather is expected, and it's cherry blossom time, so pretty much whatever you're doing it's going to be crowded. If you want to ride, maybe a good bet is to go out Rock Creek Park. They close the park, and, although there will be lots of walkers and runners and stuff, it's a wide enough road. I've never ridden through the Arboretum, but I've heard from lots of folks that it's great, including the most respected MB1.
Rock Creek Park and Beach Drive is do-ableFez
Apr 3, 2003 7:16 AM
You are very close to Rock Creek Park and Beach Drive. You just need to head east to get to one of the entry points.

Park Drive off of Conn Ave is one option. When you hit Beach Dr go north (left), you will be just south of the Broad Branch intersection where the park is closed to traffic all day Saturday and Sunday. You can head up Beach Drive all the way up to Kensington and back. That's probably 25-30 miles and all paved, so a road bike would be better.

I would definitely avoid the bike trail on the weekends. Too crowded.
Thanks for the feedbackno excuses
Apr 3, 2003 8:13 AM
I've ridden Rock Creek Park once and will probably use the road.
Rock Creek Park and Beach Drive is do-abledjg
Apr 3, 2003 11:00 AM
I'd just add that from St. Albans you'll head a few blocks east to get to Connecticut Ave (and a couple blocks further east to get to the park) and then a few blocks north to get to Park Drive.

Actually, although the Tidal Basin area will be horribly crowded this weekend (really, you're going to have to stop and get off your bike whether you're on the trail or the road--either that or you'll just hit people--almost crashed yesterday on the ride home from work when the guy in front of me stopped abruptly and hopped off his bike), riding TO the area should be fine and it really is nice to see at least once.