Chevy Chase sucks and, as a result, it looks like the (official) interim Capital Crescent Trail is going to too.
the route proposed by planners would take walkers and cyclists entering the [interim] Capital Crescent Trail from the entrance near Bethesda Row on a sign-guided route through streets in downtown Bethesda, then north along Pearl Street and Maryland Avenue, east onto Jones Bridge Road and through Rock Creek Park, and then onto roads in the Lyttonsville area before arriving in downtown Silver Spring.
The interim route does not include installation of new cycling infrastructure—such as separated bike lanes—and depends on riders and walkers using the signs to guide themselves while traveling the route.
To quote one commenter
I'm a very confident road/off-road cyclist and ride Jones Bridge regularly on the weekends. It's dangerous and can be terrifying. As a designated cycle route, it borders on irresponsible in its current state. I'd like to invite County planners to ride it during commuting hours and see what they think.
The reason for this route is that the Town of Chevy Chase refused to allow Montgomery County to route the interim trail through its streets once the Georgetown Branch Trail closes for Purple Line construction.
Chevy Chase Town Manager Todd Hoffman said Wednesday town leaders and residents are concerned that the town’s narrow streets can’t safely accommodate the number of cyclists and walkers who may use the interim trail. He also said there are concerns about whether those users would conflict with ongoing utility replacement projects in the town.
Or maybe they're still sore about the Purple Line project which they have doggedly opposed for decades, even though "The Town of Chevy Chase says it has ended its active opposition to the Purple Line and will aim to work cooperatively with the Maryland Transportation Administration to resolve concerns about the line's design. A September 9, 2015, Town Council meeting approved a resolution stating that “the Town of Chevy Chase wishes to focus its efforts on mitigation of, rather than opposition to, the Purple Line.”"
Anyway, the only reasonable thing to do is to create an unofficial route that uses the roads in Chevy Chase. Putting such a route online is easy, but to really be effective, it has to also be on the streets. I see the plan working like this:
- Crowdsource a route from the Bethesda end of the CCT to the Silver Spring Transit Center. I'm thinking it would start on Willow and Leland and then maybe Beach, W Beach, Kalmia, E Beach, N Portal and Colesville Road, but that's after a quick glance and without intimate knowledge of the area. I'm sure others from up there could do better.
- Post the route on the internet in as many places as possible.
- Nap (I always like to work one of these in when I can)
- Trail blaze it with a combination of paint and stickers. A few rolls of this could do the trick.
- Watch Chevy Chase's utility repairs grind to a halt. Not going to be able to watch your precious "Matlock" reruns without cable are you Chevy Chase?
I'd be happy to help coordinate these things if people are interested.
The proposed interim trail route from Bethesda to Silver Spring. (Blue line drawn by Bethesda Beat for emphasis- click here to see it larger