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For the record, the concept of "Bicycle Highways" has already existed in the U.S. for almost 15 years. The Cedar Lake Trail in Minneapolis, when it opened, was touted as the first "bicycle freeway" in the U.S.

Another seemingly good alternative to cul-de-sacs would be to have connected streets that have a blockade (such as posts) which would allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to pass through but not cars. Cyclists and pedestrians could avoid major arteries, the streets would still be quieter (if not safer), and neighborhoods would be more connected - at least on foot. It would not ease congestion on the major arteries, but then again maybe it's a good thing to keep most of the cars in one area.


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Two rails with trails within the beltway:
The Met Branch Trail, and
The Lake Artemesia Trail (part of the Anacostia Trail system, north of College Park).

Although, technically, the Lake Artemesia Trail may not be a rail with trail. The trail runs adjacent to Metro tracks, but appears to be on separately owned county property and may not technically share the corridor with Metro.

I wasn't thinking of Lake Artemesia, but I could see how you could count it. So let's call it three.

You also have the trail along the Yellow/Blue Line corridor between King St and Braddock Rd. Does that count?

Actually, wouldn't credit for the first bicycle highway go to Los Angeles, circa 100 years ago?

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200803/bikeway.asp

Based on that, you could argue the Minneapolis one I mentioned is the first modern-day example...

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