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giscard78 t1_iy9hy81 wrote

Generally too crowded for that type of bike riding, at least during peak hours/weather. Those guys are going like a sustained 20-25 MPH. Beach Drive has more walkers, rollerblading, dogs, people of various ages, etc. A few people still try it and it’s not good. I love riding through Rock Creek but it’s just a different space than Haines Point.


Macrophage87 t1_iy9idd2 wrote

The part near bethesda that's closed on the weekend tends to be capable of those speeds


giscard78 t1_iy9ioj5 wrote

Is it a loop? I’m not sure where you’re talking about. The people going that fast do it for like an hour at a time on a leve-ish surface. I’m not sure where that it is near Maryland.


OctoberCaddis t1_iyafxl3 wrote

It’s capable but I would have major concerns with a paceline of 20-40 people on Beach Drive, it’s too congested with pedestrians who don’t remain in one lane or the other. That happens several days a week at Hains Point and, in its current configuration, can be done without impacting slower cyclists or pedestrians (who shouldn’t be in the street anyway).


Spirit-S65 t1_iy9irho wrote

That is often full of walkers and slow traffic, and the shared use path is way too small for that. I like that it's an option and it's better than nothing but I don't think it's suited to really fast riding.


veloharris t1_iy9ns9q wrote

That's not a circuit and much less conducive to high speeds due to the many twists and turns.