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That's a cool idea.

That area where Westmoreland crosses Lee Highway isn't really a bad crossing in terms of traffic--though motorists can exit eastbound I-66 at this intersection, most vehicles bypass that exit and take the next one, which is further east of Westmoreland. That's were it starts to get car-heavy.

BTW, Westmoreland is by and large bike-friendly, save for a few intermittent blocks where the road pinches down to a single lane (still doable on a bike, though).

When I saw this, I hoped it would be about connecting the trail directly without the off-road detour here. Pity that's not being done.

The on-road detour and squiggle in the park here isn't horrible, but it is an annoyance. You would think the trail could run SE of Westmoreland St, from the east exit of Benjamin Banneker Park. I guess going Westmoreland St is almost as good; it just feels sloppy.

Not to be too critical though, the rest of this plan sounds great.

Scott, do you mean "without the on-road detour"? Isn't there a trail from through Benjamin Banneker Park that connects to the W&OD at both ends? From just north of the basketball court in East Falls Church Park to Little Falls Road. But as I recall it's narrow, perhaps it could be improved as part of this project as well.

Oops, yeah. "...Without the on-road detour here".

The trail from the park ends at Van Buren St. Across from it is a pedestrian-only gravel path with a sign warning bikes away, part of a City of Falls Church park.

Maybe I'm just whining... two blocks on Westmoreland and one block on Van Buren isn't that bad. But it feels incomplete. (Also, until looking at it on a map today, I didn't realize the streets connected that way. So I was taking the squiggle up Tuckahoe St, which IS rather inconvenient.)

How do they propose to connect that Washington Blvd. overlook to the Metro station? The two look like they're about 600-700 feet apart.

It looks like a long central walkway, but all I have is the photo in this post.

Washcycle wrote: "presently there is no Active Transportation Lane on that bridge". What's an "active transportation lane", and why should cyclists want one?

This bridge should have a sidewalk, but the two eastbound travel lanes are plenty wide for my bicycle. Control the right lane and motorists will wait behind you until they can overtake in the left lane.

The section of Westmoreland St south of Lee Hwy is a narrow low-speed local street where bike lanes are contraindicated, especially near the new driveways. Sharrows could welcome the bikeway dependent.

An active transportation lane is a lane for non-motorized use, like the lane on the 14th street bridge. Not all cyclists are comfortable riding in the street and it would give access to the metro station.

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