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I would love if the crappy crashy boardwalk could be replaced with an elevated paved trail akin to the recently-opened extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. If only.

I continue to think that a switchback or ramp from the south side of the Roosevelt bridge directly to the MVT would see significant use, since it's quite a bit further north than the Memorial Bridge and lets off quite a bit further south than the other side's exit by the Kennedy Center. I volunteer to host a bake sale so we can raise money for this, even though I no longer make the commute that would have benefited from it.

Another alternative is a big loop that from the bridge goes SW to Arlignton Blvd; then SE along that road, over the Channel & GW parkway on that oddly too-wide bridge; and then NE to cross the GW Parkway at grade and connect to the MVT just south of the Channel.

Here are the comments I submitted to the NPS.

As a regular cyclist and bike commuter along the Mount Vernon Trail in the study area, first, thank you for the nice trail improvements adjacent to the Roosevelt Island parking lot!

I use the MVT in the study area 4 to 5 days a week and on weekends for recreation. I also use the Roosevelt Bridge to get in and out of DC when commuting and recreationally as well.

I have the following suggestions to make this area better for cyclists.

1) Regarding the rehabilitation of the raised boardwalk. I suggest you look at the raised boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware for ideas. There they have a raised board walk made of steel and aluminum superstructure, but also the boardwalk decking is a coated aluminum mesh. It is coated with a grippy material. From outside appearances and from riding on it, it looks like an excellent solution for the Mount Vernon Trial.

2) Probably harder to do, but I would like to see the sidewalk on the Roosevelt Bridge widened. One idea I have for this, which would help in my opinion, would be to remove the existing guardrail from the sidewalk itself and install it (or a new one) right next to it, but on the road surface. If this were done correctly it would provide an additional 6 inches of sidewalk (without any new construction or widening), which I believe would greatly enhance the ability for cyclists to pass each other in opposite directions and of course aide in the passing of pedestrians as well.

DDOT is presumably focused on the Douglas Bridge replacement now. Is it too much to hope that the Roosevelt Bridge would be next on the list?

Stairs down to Roosevelt Island from the bridge could include a bike ramp/rail and bike parking at the bottom, so cyclist could still visit and leave their rides at the rack.

Just wanted to mention the non slippery Cape Henlopen which I cycled a few days ago after the rain without any problems, but Peter above already did. It has some wooden inserts where the boardwalk needs to turn a bit, but they are just 2-4 inches long and don't seem to create any problems.

Roosevelt is getting a rehab soon, but as planned that won't fix any of these problems. I suspect TR or Whitney Young might be next (well, after Long) but that's probably 20 years away.

Thanks for the heads-up. I commented in favor of improving access from DC as follows:
1. Adding official access from the northern sidewalk of the TR (I-66) bridge by building stairs down the embankment.
2. Adding landings for small watercraft and allowing a concessionaire to provide historic boat rides to the island from Georgetown.
3. Connecting the southern sidewalk on the TR bridge either directly to the Mt. Vernon trail (would require stairs/ramp) or along the shoulder of Arlington Blvd (would require crossing of GW Parkway).
4. Widening both sidewalks---there is an unused 2 ft section of roadway that could be turned into sidewalk, much as was done on Independence Ave over the tidal basin.

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