This informal Community Bike Ride will take us on a search for the remnants of the Washington and Old Dominion railroad in Alexandria. There is enough of the old right-of-way left that one could imagine a trail/road bike boulevard parallel to West Glebe including trail sections and Tennessee Ave.
One section, less than a mile, will be on wood-chip-paved dirt and some riding will be on sidewalks, but most will be on low-speed roads or bike paths. We will stop often to point out where the W&OD railroad once delivered passengers to St Elmo and Alexandria Junction. We should get back to Del Ray in time for lunch or a snack at noon.
I've been asleep on this one a bit, but luckily FABB has not. VDOT is holding a series of meetings on the future of I-66 as a multimodal facility. FABB and other bike advocates think this is a great opportunity to extend the Custis Trail from the W&OD Trail at 495 to Haymarket (which is a city, not a place where one can sell their hay. Take my word for it, you'll only make that mistake once). Such a facility is included in the Fairfax County Trails Plan as well as the Tier I I-66 FEIS (see more at FABB).
I think this is probably the biggest potential trails addition in the area that is out there.
One meeting has already been held, but there are two more this week
Please consider attending one of the I-66 meetings to learn more about the project and voice your support for bike access, or Take Action Now to insist that biking and walking be an integral part of the planned multi-modal improvements to the I-66 corridor.
Providing bicycle and pedestrian facilities along I-66 will:
Improve bicycle and pedestrian access to transit and surrounding neighborhoods
Promote biking for both long distance and short local trips
Reduce traffic congestion along I-66 and neighboring roads
Provide a great recreational asset and opportunities for physical fitness
Two other meetings are planned for next week:
Tuesday, February 3, at Oakton High School in Vienna from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 5, at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office in Fairfax from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
I guess it doesn't have to be the "Custis Trail", since it doesn't directly connect to the existing one. They could name it after someone else from Fairfax - like Lauren Graham.
When the Humpback Bridge was rebuilt back in 2010-11, it not only widened and straightened the Mount Vernon Trail it also included two underpasses for trail users. One goes to the Marina and LBJ memorial and the other dead ends about 100 yards after going under the MVT.
But thanks to new regional transportation project funding that dead end will soon connect to Boundary Channel Drive creating a critical new connection between Arlington and the Mt. Vernon Trail. As part of the 2015 Q1 funding, the Boundary Channel exchange project will get $4.335M to "Constructs two roundabouts at the terminus of the ramps from I-395 to Boundary Channel Drive, which eliminate redundant traffic ramps to/from I-395. In addition, the project will create multi-modal connections to/from the District of Columbia that will promote alternate modes of commuting into and out of the district(sic)."
But wait, there's more.
Funding will go towards the Crystal City Multi-modal center that will, among other things, add bicycle parking.
Columbia Pike between Fairfax County and Four Mile Run will be reconfigured for multi-modal travel.
A Belmont Ridge Road project in Loudoun County will include a structure to carry the W&OD trail over the road (Which should help these ladies)
Route 1 and Route 28 in Prince William County will get multi-use trails along side them.
From Jonathon Krall of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
This informal Community Bike Ride will take us on a search for the remnants of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Alexandria. There is enough of this trail left that one could imagine a trail/road bike boulevard parallel to West Glebe including trail sections and Tennessee Ave. Probably not realistic, but nice to think about. One section, less than a mile, will be on wood-chip-paved dirt and some riding will be on sidewalks, but most will be on low-speed roads or bike paths. We will stop often to point out where the W&OD railroad once delivered passengers to St Elmo and Alexandria Junction. We should get back to Del Ray in time for the Dairy Godmother to open at noon. This will be a no drop ride.
Date: Saturday May 24, 10 am - Noon Location: Velocity Bike Co-op, 2111 Mt Vernon Ave, 22301 Cost: There is no cost to attend. Bring: Yourself, a bicycle, water, a sense of adventure. In Virginia, helmets are required for riders 14 and younger.
Arlington, VA. The Arlington Historical Society (AHS) will host historian Ron Beavers for a fascinating talk about a little-used railroad – the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad – that once ran through Arlington County but is today one of the Washington area’s most popular bike trails. Learn what caused this transformation – from an underachieving rail line to a major contributor to the Union war effort – and what became of this railroad after the Civil War. The presentation will be held at the society’s public program on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
Though now a beloved path for both commuters and recreationalists from Arlington to Loudoun County, the original plan for the AL&H was impressive. Entrepreneurial Virginians hopes to compete with the B&O Railroad for the rich coal fields of what is now West Virginia. But engineering difficulties and financial struggles impeded these plans, reducing the rail line to a local carrier for freight, mail and people just before the Civil War. When the war came, the western portion of this railroad suffered complete destruction. The eastern facilities (Alexandria and Arlington) fared much better. Their contribution to the Union war effort was crucial to success in the Eastern Theater of Military operations. Ownership returned to AL&H directors after the war, but their original plan to reach West Virginia never came to fruition. The rail line went through many reorganizations and mergers, yet continued to serve Arlington and Northern Virginia until the 1960s. Last known as the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, it ultimately became a 44 mile-long park that we now call the W&OD hiker/biker trail.
Beavers last spoke before the Arlington Historical Society in March 2013 about Arlington County’s retrocession to Virginia in 1847. It was a very well-received and well-attended presentation, with more than 100 people present. Beavers is a seventh-generation Virginian and retired federal employee with a life-long interest in history and railroads. He is a re-enactor, living historian, and speaker at numerous Civil War Living History events, Civil War Round Tables, civic associations and historical societies. Beavers is also a volunteer at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.
The hour-long program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium (1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA). A question-and-answer session will follow. The program is free and open to the public. For more information about this program, please contact Garrett Peck at 571-243-1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional Central Library information, please contact 703-228-5990.
About AHS: The Arlington Historical Society, founded in 1956, is a non-profit organization under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AHS mission is to help Arlingtonians better understand our community through its history. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
Post calls for a balanced approach to end congestion "First, and most obvious, we have to spend the money on the right mix of investments in road and bridge projects, Metrorail, bus service, and bike and pedestrian facilities. The public needs to insist that its tax dollars pay for a balanced approach that will yield the greatest overall reduction in congestion."
At NoMa's July 4th bash "Awards will be given to the best decorated bicycle, tricycle, 4-wheeler (wagon), and dog. There will be a Parade Decoration Station with materials for children to decorate their bicycles" You can also bike to the Palisades Parade with Tommy Wells and BicycleSpace.
Virginia may develop the air rights over I-66 near Rosslynn and East Falls Church Metro stations. These developments could represent opportunities to improve the Custis and W&OD Trails in those areas. "Arlington County is currently undertaking a review of the Rosslyn Sector Plan. As part of that process, development over I-66 in the northern and eastern edges of the Rosslyn Metro Station area can be evaluated. While there are no existing mixed-use development rights over the I-66 right-of-way at either Rosslyn or the East Falls Church Metro Station location, the East Falls Church Area Plan currently supports mixed use development on VDOT and WMATA's property next to I-66." Here's more with pictures of the areas.
Cindy Sheehan's cross-country bike ride, the "Tour de Peace" wound up coming into town across the Memorial Bridge at the same time that the pro-gun rights "Toy Gun March" was crossing the same bridge. "I didn't even know about another march across the street," said anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan with a laugh.
In Montreal, many apartment leases start on the same day of the year (July 1), leading to a shortage of moving trucks. So what does one do? "Aside from people simply carrying their worldly goods by hand down streets, some novel solutions to the congestion and cost have emerged. Claire Poirier said she was skeptical after learning that her two daughters had hired bicycle-powered movers to supplement two family cars for their move. But as family members looked on, the movers, Yohann Mouchboeuf and David Pelletier, piled and strapped two couches, a box spring, a bed frame, two mattresses, a large bookcase, a stove and full-sized refrigerator on two bicycle trailers before pedaling off. "