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I like it, especially if it encourages an upgrade in facilities.
R/Q streets being the 'best' cross-town bike routes is just depressing. Is a pot-hole filled 2' wide painted strip really the best we can do in a city with a $14 billion dollar budget?

Arlington loves to talk about their trail loops in their various bike literature. It's not totally for tourism purposes but it is a very close-by example of highlight special routes one can take.

With new lanes on the western half of Pennsylvania and maybe the Lousiana ave cycletrack you could have a smaller one as well.

This is an excellent idea. This route also has multiple CaBi stations along the way, allowing for easy, station-to-station riding with breaks along the way to enjoy the sights.

One modification I'd make is to send folks across Georgetown higher up. M St has lot to offer, but it's (sadly) irresponsible to send tourists down this three-lane pseduohighway. All the DC commuter cyclists I know use P or Q to cross Georgetown (and this could be motivation to finally add a protected bike lane on that stretch of M!)

Concur on the excellence of the idea. For Georgetown though, I'd deviate at M/Rose Park to go up to N St, then take it to Potomac St, which can link to 33rd crossing of the canal (a dismount and walk down a bike ramp). M St could be a future route when we get a bike facility there. I also would make the Louisiana Ave Cycletrack the future route.

That's a good point about M Street in Georgetown.

I considered an alternate route that would not go around the Capitol and instead go up Louisiana.

Rockville has a loop that goes all the way around it, the Millenium Trail. Really, a sidewalk.

if you squint, it's kinda shaped like bizarro mirror-image CONUS.

(great idea, & great route suggestion!)

Boy we still have a ways to go to make DC bike-friendly for tourists. The Tidal Basin is notoriously unwelcoming: https://goo.gl/maps/nz48vZE7SUG2
We should create another map of the route we WANT for bike tourists, and make it happen.

Love this concept.

I agree with Michael. We need a map that prioritizes a route that would be built for tourists. That said, I think such a map should cut out most of Northeast and run up Mass Ave from Union Station to Dupont. The route should make its way up to the Zoo and across to National Cathedral and down to Georgetown, across the Key Bridge so we can include the new observation deck in Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery. Then get across to Lincoln Memorial and around the Tidal Basin. Again, my idea is in no way bicycle friendly but a vision is needed to help guide City Council in prioritizing where we need more bike lanes.

I lived in Shaw in the 90's. What I remember from back then is that tourist maps would always put the key over Shaw -- nothing to see there! Glad to see it finally hitting the big time.

Originally I saw the Shaw section is something of an unfortunate necessity, but then I thought about it again and realized it's key. Tourists SHOULD see the part of DC where people actually live. They should see a neighborhood. When I did the Baltimore Marathon so many years ago, my favorite part was running through all the neighborhoods I'd never seen before.

Agree on Shaw. And there's good stuff there too that a certain type of tourist (my type) would enjoy: Howard Theater, Right Proper, etc.

Same experience as WC when I ran the Richmond marathon. Went through areas I had never been to even though I went to grad school there.

The RCP trail portion in front of the Kennedy Center isn't fit for bikes, although yes, we use it. Just another improvement that would need to be made, I know.

The best model for this that I've seen is the Indianapolis Cultural Trail- fully off road & linking neighborhoods, universities & other institutions, and tourist destinations. Plus there are art installations, wayfinding, & informative signage along the route.

huskerdont, it's being planned for -


Creating a neighborhood-tourism loop trail around downtown was the impetus behind Indianapolis' first protected bike facility, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Could be an interesting project for Cultural Tourism DC, which sees part of its job as promoting tourism away from downtown.

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