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Wow. This puts the lie to the belief that bikes will never be a feasible means of transport in a modern, wealthy societty. Its also worth noting that this didnt just happen: Copenhagen made the investment, and the bikers followed.

@SJE

Similar situation in Minneapolis, which has had a bicycle highway (arguably the first in the US) for close to 20 years now.

How exactly are the custis trail, CCT and mt. vernon NOT bike highways already -- with the big caveat that egress onto them is not perfect?

The Copenhagen routes are much wider. I'd love it if the MVT and other D.C.-area trails were widened to 12-foot single-direction paths.

I don't enjoy riding or running on MVT during "rush hour". Too many people trying to pass at high speed while there is oncoming bike/pedestrian traffic in the other lane. Separated single-direction lanes would be so nice. But I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

The trails are only incidentally connected to major infrastructure, which is usually what you have in a highway. So, the CCT is a nice ride, and does connect Georgetown and Bethesda, but goes out the way from most of the population, and doesnt connect all the way to Silver Spring. If you were making a bike highway, you would want to have something that roughly parallels the major arterial roads.

And if the CCT, etc are bike highways, they're one lane highways.

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