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Advice on Walking or Cycling on Tuesday

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The traffic forecast for Tuesday is bad enough to pry many from their cars and onto the streets and sidewalks as cyclists and walkers. Here's advice from the regulars.

Walking
*Shoes are very important, says Peter Owen, a lawyer who often walks home from Union Station to Clarendon. Wear a pair of very comfortable shoes that you have walked in a few times.

* You'd be surprised how far you can walk easily, Owen says. In the city, most people have no problem walking about 3 miles per hour and keeping up that pace for two hours.

* Don't weigh yourself down. Avoid over-sized bottles of water, heavy books, and so on that can really be a drag.

* Wear lightweight layers of clothing that are easy to take on and off and carry.

* Bring a really good map or two.

* Plan for bathroom breaks as you determine your route. Avoid coffee and tea.

Cycling
* The best map for biking to the inauguration is a Google Map created by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, says Paul DeMaio, a bicycling enthusiast with Arlington County Commuter Services. Find more information on the association's Web site.

* Fit a warm hat under your helmet to keep your ears toasty, he says. And look at the page on BikeArlington.com about winter riding.

* Memorial Bridge should be the best bet for cyclists, as the travel lanes will be open to cyclists as well as pedestrians. Key Bridge should be second best, DeMaio says. Depending on foot congestion, cyclists may have to walk their bikes on Memorial, but on other bridges, walking bikes will be a certainty because of the narrow pathways.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 19, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
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