Hello, I am looking to for a safe place to ride. I am new to DC. Just moved from Georgia.
I need about 2 hours of ridding and my speed is 17mph.
also I don’t do well with traffic! I am new to cleats and get nervous when clipping into the pedal.
There’s always the Washington-Old Dominion trail that goes from Arlington to Purcellville (around 40 miles long). Its a well maintained trail that’s just for bikers/runner/walkers. Paved the whole way. You could either drive there and start from the trail head, or there are ways to navigate there from DC to the trail. But if you’re uncomfortable around traffic, being able to drive to the start is probably your best bet. Hope that helps!
Yup I drive there too after I get off work since I don’t live close to the trail. I usually park in Sherlington at the Barcroft Community Center in Barcroft Park (4200 S Four Mile Run Dr, Arlington, VA 22206). They have a parking deck so I just leave my car in there, and then the trail is on the other side of Four Mile Run Dr. There’s a cross walk and a light so you don’t have to worry about dodging traffic 🙂
When you get on the trail, go to the left. The right takes you to the start of the trail, which is about 0.5 miles down the road. Happy riding!
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