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I recently used the bridge trail an Oxon Hill road to ride to Fort Washington. Oxon Hill Road south of the bridge is nothing to write home about but it's not too bad. I don't know if I'd feel the same way if I had ridden it at rush hour though.

Dr. G should get props for getting in the saddle and seeing the cyclist perspective for himself. I think his fears of a bike collision are overblown. I daily commute over Key Bridge and have never seen or heard of a bike collision on a bridge. Anyone else?

the east branch at the top of the potomac heritage trail does not actually connect at that intersection. there's a small stream, and about 40 yards of 3ft tall grass dividing them. also, the trails around oxon cove are in terrible condition.

and i wholeheartedly agree on #1. riding up the hill to oxon hill rd and the right back down and the in a big circle around the cove just to get back to 295 is silly. the pedestrian lane on the bridge should come down on the inside of the beltway as well and there should be a trail along the west side of 295 to south capital street.

Dr. G should get props for getting in the saddle and seeing the cyclist perspective for himself. I think his fears of a bike collision are overblown. I daily commute over Key Bridge and have never seen or heard of a bike collision on a bridge. Anyone else?

This is pretty common for folks that rarely (or never) ride. That's why every article regarding cyclists has at least a half dozen comments claiming "every time I drive to work, I kill a cyclist!"

From the cyclists perspective, things are rarely quite that dramatic.

Case in point: riding home from Haine's Point last night, a guy in a Mercedes almost ran the red light at 9th Street and Jefferson Drive ["Drivers are out of CONTROL!!"] and saw me starting across the intersection.

He locked up the brakes and slid for about 20 feet, and looked like he'd just shit his pants.

I'm sure in the telling, this'll become another example of how "I almost killed a cyclist", but I was watching him the whole time, and was out of his path if he'd continued through the light.

I was never in any danger, but I'm sure from his perspective, he saved my life with his quick reflexes.

"I kill a cyclist" -> "I *almost* kill a cyclist", though the original has a pleasant "Clarence & ZuZu" kind of quality to it...

Saw that "homemade sign" myself the other day when I did a quick ride across the WWB.

Also of note: SHA has sort of paved their segment of the connection to National Harbor. It's not true asphalt like the main WWB trail is, but is closer to bituminous...

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