M-NCPPC is hosting a meeting tomorrow night on the Central Avenue Connector Trail Project. This is a great project, perhaps the most important bike project in PG County and so anyone who thinks they might bike in the area (to FedEx Field for example) should consider attending.
Join staff for a second communitywide meeting, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Church, 410 Addison Road South, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
The Central Avenue Connector Trail will begin just west of the Capitol Heights Metrorail Station, running through a combination of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority right-of-way, neighborhood streets, and existing and planned trail segments before ending at the Largo Town Center Metrorail Station, with connections to the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant and Morgan Boulevard Metrorail Stations along the route. The east-west trail will provide alternate travel routes for pedestrians and bicyclists, enhance access to alternative modes of transportation, and support safety and mobility along the corridor. It will also help to revitalize the surrounding communities by providing infrastructure to support transit-oriented development (TOD). The TOD Implementation Study also notes that similar trail networks have been shown to substantially increase walking and bicycling trips as well as property values.
On the west side it could tie in to the Marvin Gaye Park Trail and to a completed WB&A Trail. How I wish that they had included a bike path on the Metro bridge over the Beltway that was built when the Blue line was extended east. It would have been useful from day 1, but even more so with this project.