John Kelly was discussing the rise in parking fees at Udvar-Hazy and the change in policy that eliminates free drop-offs at the entrance (they now have to be done at the gate - which leaves a 6 minute walk) and someone called the museum
Fairfax is half right. There is bike parking - oodles of it - I've used it, but there are no viable routes. The led John Kelly to state
When I did it, we got in free, but I'm not sure that's policy. I don't think the shuttle from the Mall still runs, but buses can park for free.
If you ask me, (which you did not), they should really run a bike path from the W&OD trail to Udvar-Hazy - I mean the Wright Brothers were bicycle guys - with a spur to Dulles. Then rent bikes at Dulles for people with long layovers. I even know a service that could help
Alternatively, they could use the Fairfax County Parkway Trail (which gets you within a mile) and the path along Franklin Farm Road (expanded) to get you to Udvar-Hazy. Or, for a third choice. Drop a connection from the Fairfax County Parkway Trail to the median of the Dulles Toll Road and build a path along the Dulles Rail Line Phase II (that would take riders to the airport) and then a second BWI-Trail style path around the airport to Udvar-Hazy. So many options.
Photo by Jon Abbott