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I concur with your assessment - the trail is a nice pedestrian option within University Park, but not much use for cyclists. However the streets in UP appear to be pretty low-traffic, so biking approximately along the route you identified is pretty easy using Wells Parkway and Van Buren St (among other options). There is a traffic light at Wells and Adelphi, and a new light at Van Buren and rt 1 by the entrance to the Whole Foods development.

I live and UP and yes, the trails in town aren't much good for commuting / biking (very narrow and winding).

But traffic in town is very low (and low-speed), so there's little minimal risk riding on the roads.

The town recently painted bike marks on the road (forgot what the actual term is) between Adelphi/Wells and the traffic light at Van Buren/Baltimore.

@David - "sharrows of dooooooooommmmmmmmm"

@Beltsville - ah yes

Looking at street view, you can see sharrows on Van Buren near Baltimore. They stop, but that may be because the age of the streetview images? I'm pretty sure there are sharrows all the way from Adelphi/Wells -> Van Buren. Which is exactly how I would recommend getting from Northwest Branch trail to the Rhode Island Trolley Trail.

Is there a mechanism to get Google to recognize a bike route (even it is just sharrows)?

One more point - there's no evidence of a stream from the Duck Pond to Adelphi. It's a a fairly steep climb from the Duck Pond to Adelphi. The Wells stream becomes visible when Wells Parkway splits into two sides as it curves southward.

I commute from Wheaton to Riverdale Park through UP. At the Adelphi Wells Road intersection UP painted sharrows on Wells for two or three blocks east to the split at Clagett Rd. There is no direct way to Baltimore Ave so I take Clagett to Queens Chapel to the intersection with Baltimore/RT1 where there is a traffic light. To access the new bridge over the RR tracks I take Albion road down the hill (watch out for three speed bumps recently installed) to the trolley trail then detour through the new development alley to access the bridge which has bike lanes on both sides to Rivertech Court. The Purple Line will be built along River Road and new apartments will be built on the Metro surface lot at CP Metro. This area is rapidly urbanizing would be nice to have a better way to cross Rt 1.

Hi sbg1, it looks like you could go Wells to VanBuren and take that straight down to the light at the Whole Foods. Maybe there's something about that route that's not optimal? I live sortof nearby so I have biked through there but not often.

David, it's more like a dry creek. You can see it here in the median of Wells Parkway (https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9775991,-76.9484491,3a,75y,185.3h,86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1spb73RDOYcluTZkjD_Z8xgg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) and then at Calverton it appears to go underground.

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