The Key Bridge is quite accommodating for bicyclists, but I'm pretty sure that they're going to have to move Georgetown (University) somewhere else. This might or might not be a stated goal of CAG. Maybe they can just put a giant curtain around it- if they do, I think this would be an excellent fundraising tool for the university. It's just too scenic (or picture-worthy?) and it serves as a veritable Medusa for pedestrians on the bridge. My many dings cannot break their stares and this causes me stress. I promise it'll still be there after you look up to see me coming and move slightly over. It may be "swift Potomac's lovely daughter" (while most alums have a pretty good, though mumbly, sense of the fight song- "lie down forever lie down" "touchdown/rebound" "dear old Holy Cross"- the alma mater is pretty obscure), but it's a hassle for bike commuters sometimes.
I decided that I would take the "trail," such as it is, that parallels Arlington Boulevard and take some pictures when I got to 10th Street. Here they are:
|10th St Bridge. Trail will eventually go under new bridge (maybe). Sidewalk follows off-ramp.|
|On 10th St/off-ramp where I can finally cross the street. About 100 yards off Arlington Blvd. Giant finger looming|
|I've crossed 10th street now. There's a staircase in the median.|
|10th St Bridge takes cars onto eastbound Arlington Blvd. Sidewalk on right follows on-ramp to westbound route.|
|Don't take the sidewalk on the left. It stops and you will be screwed. I've done this. It sucks.|
|From merge of on-ramp and westbound Arlington Blvd. This will change (some day) and a trail will go under the bridge.|
|"Trail" to Pershing Drive.|
As usual, the picture quality is dubious. The long and short of it is that currently the trail connections between Courthouse Road and Pershing Drive are non-existent to terrible and any changes that are made will be vast improvements. I just hope that the vast improvements are the best, most optimal, improvements that can be made and not just the most expedient. I was glad that no one reported me for "terrorism" on account of taking pictures near a military base.