Just moved about 5 miles east, right near the Java Shack coffee shop in Clarendon. My commute is heading west, ultimately to the WOD trail. Can anyone recommend the best way to get to a westbound MUP from here, from a commuting standpoint? I'm guessing Danville down to Lee Hwy then pick up the rail behind City Bikes and the Italian store, or should I stay south of there and pick it up closer to Ballston?
I would head over on N. Veitch street. Nice, wide street with not much traffic. Once you cross Lee Hwy there's a path behind the apartment building driveway, and take a left onto the path that goes behind the Italian Store. That path will land you on the W&OD.
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I would go through the neighborhood. Quiet, very little traffic. Head towards the 7-11 on lee hwy. There is a light to cross lee hwy in front of the 7-11. there is a very short utility road/alley? that is parallel to lee hwy and perpendicular to the 7-11. Take it. Make a right down the steep hill where the apartments are(cleveland?) on both sides. You will dead end to the trail at the end of the hill.
If you're headed west, N Veitch would be a long way around. Danville to Lee Highway would be the most direct way to the Custis Trail, but you have that big hill to deal with.
Even more direct and without the hills is to take the bike lanes on Wilson and Fairfax. Then take N Quincy or N Glebe to the Custis.
On weekends I take Fairfax to Glebe, go south back to Wilson, then west to the W&OD at Bon Air. It's pretty good when there is not much traffic.
added - Since the hills on the Custis are easier headed east, I'd probably take Wilson and Fairfax west bound and the Custis eastbound.
he, he. Java Shack, eh! That's the one just off of Wilson in the little brick building, isn't it? When I lived in that neighborhood in the early 80's, that building was the national headquarter of the American Nazi Party. It used to get picketed regularly. Even had a cast stone eagle and swastika over the front door.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Coming in this a.m. I went through the neighborhood down Key Blvd to Washington Blvd, a right at Quincy and hopped onto the Custis behind W&L High School. I think this knocked out a couple hills I don't quite feel like facing as I get used to the longer distance.
I will try all your ideas in the next week or so.
CC- I haven't been in the Java Shack yet, just mentioned it as a landmark b/c I've seen group rides leave from there a couple times, so figured it'd be a good marker for the cyclists on this board. I'll be sure to join in the picketing if "Ze Germans" start using it as a base again.
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Wilson to Fairfax then straight onto Custis is how I go. (I'm coming from Irving, near the silver diner / Wachovia)
I actually get more sketched out on the neighborhood backroads on either side of wilson/clarendon than I do on wilson, clarendon or fairfax due to the traffic circles and stacked parked cars near driveways. Arlington drivers are pretty good about watching out for cyclists (relatively speaking)
Fairfax traffic isnt so bad and there are quite a few lights near the ballston metro that you can just skip through. The drivers coming off of 66 and the buses near the ballston metro can get a little interesting in the afternoons, though.