Walking or Biking to Baseball
To complete our blogging way through the travel options for Nationals Park, here are some walking and biking options.
If you're heading from downtown, the Mall or Capitol Hill, it's downhill toward the Anacostia riverfront. You'd be doing the pre-game walk in daylight for most games. Here are some possible routes:
-- From L'Enfant Plaza, walk south on 7th Street, go left on I Street and continue south on 6th Street to M Street SW. Turn left and walk to South Capitol Street.
-- From Federal Center SW, come down 3rd Street, turn right on E Street, left down 4th Street, left on I Street to a right on 3rd Street, then a left on M Street SW.
-- From the Capitol area, you can come straight down South Capitol Street, but I prefer New Jersey Avenue, even though it's less direct. It's a very straightforward route to M Street SE. (But don't expect to find a grand boulevard. Like most of the streets around the new stadium, it's a work in progress. I had to cross the street several times because of sidewalk obstructions.)
-- From Eastern Market, you can walk south on 8th Street and make a right on M Street SE.
Many people are asking about security, especially walking back in the dark after games. (You'll see some of that in the online discussion about stadium transportation that Lena Sun, Eric Weiss and I did on Tuesday.) I can tell I'd have no hesitation walking back up New Jersey Avenue after a game. I think there will be a decent-sized crowd doing the same thing, and there should be vendors along that route as well.
Another thing that's giving me confidence -- in the absence of actual experience so far -- is that the District has a huge interest in making sure that these routes are safe, and I expect there will be a significant police presence in the area.
People also ask about the walk of about five blocks between the stadium and the Nats Express shuttle back to the free parking at RFK. You can see that route if you go to the Nats' very fine interactive map and click on Bike, Bus & Walk, then click on Nats Express. I don't see any problem with that route, in terms of security, as long as it's clear of construction material along Tingey Street.
You'll find several good approaches to the stadium. Here's a link to a most excellent bike route map that "washcycle" posted in a comment on Tuesday's blog entry.
Once you arrive at the stadium, you can try one of two ways to park your bike.
-- There are bike racks all around the outside of the stadium.
-- Free valet parking is available at "Red Garage C," on the corner of N and 1st streets SE. Look for the valet just to the left of the N Street entrance. The valet will accept bikes starting two hours before game time and will close an hour after the game ends.
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