A Place for Bike Paths Near Arlington
By Greg Ryan
While I agree with the June 2 letters regarding the no-bicycles policy in Arlington National Cemetery, I would like to see local, and perhaps Pentagon, officials revisit commuting and bike path issues around this sacred place.
As weekend touring cyclists, my wife and I traveled from Reston on bike paths to visit the Air Force-sponsored pro cycling race recently. Getting to the race’s start and finish line was problematic, perhaps a reason that many cycling enthusiasts did not turn out to watch the event. Only by using Google satellite maps before leaving home were we able to find a safe route without traveling or crossing major highways in the area, such as the George Washington Parkway and Routes 110 and 1. Although there is a paved walkway between the Marine Corps War Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, it doesn’t continue past the Pentagon or into Pentagon City or Crystal City.
For commuters and “weekend warriors,” getting around the cemetery is challenging and dangerous. With so many great places to live and explore in this car-centric corridor, adequate bike paths should be a high priority for city planning.
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