Wilson Bridge Bike Path!

Whoohoo!  The Wilson Bridge bike facility opened on Saturday, linking Alexandria, VA with National Harbor/Oxon Hill, MD, theoretically extending the range locations bikeable by residents of Maryland and Virginia (and the more ambitious residents of the District).  Stephen Miller, on Greater Greater Washington, reports that unfortunately, the trail amounts to a bridge-to-nowhere, and once one arrives at nowhere, one is told to exit one’s vehicle and that there is no parking.  He characterizes the analogous situation for automobiles being a freeway with an offramp leading to a dirt road, and concludes:

If that’s unacceptable for our automobile infrastructure, this is unacceptable for our active transportation infrastructure.

I couldn’t agree more.  I doubt National Harbor put any substantial funding into the Wilson Bridge trail [disclaimer:  I have no idea], and for the property not to take advantage of access to that potential revenue base (“let’s stop at National Harbor for lunch/ice cream/hot chocolate/dinner…”) when the costs pale in comparison to the massive parking structures already in place, seems like a poor decision for both the business and the region.

I plan to check out the crossing on my next ride (sadly, I likely won’t stop for coffee).  I’ll post pictures and thoughts.  Until then, Alex on If You See Something, Say Something, has some photos.

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