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Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail

Arlington

VA

USA

Contributed by 
Mike Janssen
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
March 8, 2002
December 14, 2017

A 45-mile trail connecting many towns, cities and counties in Northern Virginia

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Though it traverses a heavily-developed suburb for much of its distance, this trail is often surrounded by trees, marshes, parks and other pleasant natural settings. Popular with kids, skaters, rollerbladers, bikers, dogwalkers, the scooter set and just about everyone else who lives nearby. It links up with other trails, including the Custis Trail that heads toward Washington, DC, making it even more useful.

Access & Linkages

Very accessible, popular and well-maintained. Accessible from a number of points along the route.

Comfort & Image

Clean and safe. Patrolled by bike cops.

Uses & Activities

All different kinds of people use the W&OD - young, old, atheletes, amateurs.

Sociability

Reflective of the larger community and a source of pride for many in Northern Virginia.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

Related Links & Sources

Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Photo couresty of www.wodfriends.org
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Partial Map of trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Trail maintenance
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Bike Trail

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