When Will You Be Able to Bike From Baltimore to DC?

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BWI trail
BWI trail

Bike trails connecting cities are an increasingly popular trend–and yet, you still can’t ride your bike from Baltimore to D.C. (without having to negotiate traffic-heavy roads, that is).

There are a number of trails that will get you most of the way there, including the WB&A trail and the BWI trail. But there are still gaps that prevent this from being one, continuous car-free path.

In part, that’s because various D.C.-adjacent counties have been battling over how to link the trails together. Fortunately, there have been some signs of movement on that front: Prince George’s County just opened a 1.7 mile spur trail that will get cyclists right up to the Patuxent River. The next step is building a bridge to help get them across–but it looks like Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties have a plan for that, too.

But there are still a few more steps that aren’t yet in place. As Greater Greater Washington explains:

In addition to the connection to Washington, the bridge across the Patuxent and the connection to the BWI trail, finally realizing the dream of a Washington to Baltimore bicycle greenway would require one other trail: the BWI Connector (formerly the Light Rail Trail).

This trail would extend the existing Light Rail Trail, which currently runs from the BWI Trail to Maple Avenue in Linthicum Heights, 2.4 miles north to connect it to either Baltimore’s Middle Branch or Gwynn Falls Trails.

This is a verrrry sloooowly moving project, but it looks like it’s moving in the right direction. Meanwhile, Baltimore’s bike activists are focusing their energy on creating more bike networks within the city limits.



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