I never realized what how bikeable the DC area is.
You see cyclists on every kind of road and at any time, even well after dark. Bikes are parked at Metro stations, outside all shops and office buildings.
There’s also an amazing collection of paved, off-road bicycle paths, many of which connect to one another.
I live a couple of blocks from the Sligo Creek Trail, which goes for at least 8 miles to the furthest edges of Silver Spring, which is a vast, sprawling geographic area identified as a city but looking more like a long serieds of suburbs outside the downtown area where I work. I’m told it ends at a big park with impressive gardens. On Sundays throughout the year, they close off a mile or two of the parkway bordering the path, and I enjoyed riding that and the trail itself a couple of days ago. The trees are nearing their peak fall colors now, so it was just lovely.
Yesterday I bought a DC area bicycle map and was impressed with the network of trails. I can easily bike from here to the National Mall, just going on a road for 3 miles from the house to connect with Rock Creek Park and trails winding down to and around the memorials. You can also cycle along old railroad tracks, and out to George Washington’s Mount Vernon’s home.
There are some bicycle kiosks at key spots, like Union Station, where you put in your credit card and get the use of a bike for the day.
I’m sure once daylight returns after work I’ll be biking to the office sometimes and making an extended trip home to enjoy the trails.