Advocates push for new trail west from Georgetown

Last week, at Greater Greater Washington, Palisades resident Brett Young argued for the creation of a new bike-pedestrian path from Georgetown out to Glen Echo. It would follow the old Cabin John trolley path owned by the city and WMATA.

Young explains:

The trail was once wide enough to accommodate two trolleys, about 25 feet. On this section, the trail would need to be paved, and the bridges rebuilt. Even with paving just 10 feet wide the trail could have room for bicyclists, joggers, and others to enjoy this resource.

The challenges for a project like this are legion. But let just consider for a moment what this would look like if it were built. Yes, there are two significant bike-hike trails parallel to this (the canal towpath and the C&O trail), but this would address a need not met by these trails. Most of all, consider how difficult it is to use the trails to get between Georgetown and Palisades. If you use the trail from Georgetown, there is really only one spot way out by the Delcaria reservoir where you can awkwardly cut up off the trail and access the neighborhood. And that’s, of course, after traveling all the way down to the waterfront to get to the trail in the first place.

Of course, you could always just use Reservoir to get between the neighborhoods, but that has several fairly long and steep inclines. Plus, cars drive too fast on that road.

Now imagine leisurely biking through the west Village to GU via Prospect, and then drifting over a restored foundry branch bridge.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’ post at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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