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Good thing that DDOT is actively pursuing the Shepherd Branch Trail (similarly, a trail that would better connect to neighborhoods, running parallel to an existing trail) in Wards 7&8. I'm happy to see both progressing in the concept-development phase.

Mud is not good. Please find me the avid hiker that loves mud pits and having to go off trail to avoid getting soaked thanks to runoff and erosion.


Meanwhile the Bicycle Lobby strikes again. Yes, they're the ones that put the Neighborhood in the exact corner of the city limits a stone's throw from both Virginia and Maryland.

I’ve been working on this for 5 years and it’s great to see that even along the trolley path, more people want improvements than don’t.
Btw almost all comments are below MacArthur blvd. I couldn’t find one negative comment from Anyone north of Macarthur blvd.
This project will improve the Palisades. There are always complainers in DC and we just need to keep showing up to meetings and press the issue. There are currently zero bike paths within the Palisades.

My favorite comment was "Parallel chord box truss works fine, in black". That is a person with very particular tastes in pedestrian bridges.

To put it in context, I think they were given a couple of options - as I recall - with that being one of them.

Man, if I had known it would have been unethical for me as a Virginian to attend the meeting, I woulda been there with bells on.

Permeable pavement would be great, except that it needs to be maintained to remain permeable. And judging by the state of the bike lanes on, say, 14th Street, DC is not good at maintaining infrastructure, so it wouldn't likely stay permeable for long. Crushed gravel, while not ideal for cycling, could be a nice compromise that would also help allay neighborhood fears of fast cycling.

The problem with the 3.8 miles of CCT and 3.2 miles of C&O in Ward 3 is that there is limited access to them from Ward 3. Between Bethesda and Georgetown there aren't access points that are usable by people of all ages and abilities. There is informal access, but you have to carry your bike or deal with heavy traffic on Canal Road. Your options are scramble, gamble or ramble.

I have to quibble with the use of "right-of-way" to describe the trail. A right-of-way is the right to cross land owned by another. All of the land under the trolley trail is owned by the city outright. A better descriptor is "trackway."

This is important because many of the abutting neighbors feel that they have an ownership interest and the city merely has a right-of-way. They don't.

What confuses things a little is that Pepco and DC Water run pipes and wires under and over the trackway, they have a right-of-way which allows them to do so.

Right of way is the strip that is publicly owned. Cartway is the paved strip. Easement is a right to go on or through the lands of another, which may be exclusive or non-exclusive. Property owners often consider the part of the right of way outside the cartway to be theirs, though they are incorrect.

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