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The annual CCCT general membership meeting and picnic will be at the Elm Street Park in Bethesda on Monday June 10, 6:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!
May 26, 2013
See our report NPS Boathouse Feasibility Study for a summary of the issues and CCCT's response.
April 29, 2013
It has been just over a year since we passed on the bad news that the Trail would not remain in the Bethesda Tunnel with the Purple Line light-rail, because it was judged that building both together in the tunnel under the Apex Building would have too much cost and too much risk of destabilizing the building. Instead the CCT is now planned to follow a route along Bethesda streets and to cross Wisconsin Avenue at-grade. See our summary of that decision at Council weighs options for the Bethesda Tunnel.
Several ideas for alternative CCT and pedestrian routes across Wisconsin Ave. have advanced over the last year to try to compensate for the expected loss of the Bethesda Tunnel route: 1) a new plan for a sidewalk through the tunnel; 2) the plan for an alternative CCT surface route along Bethesda Avenue; and 3) a new proposal to tear down the Apex Building and build a new, separate tunnel for the CCT.
Alternative CCT routes at Wisconsin Avenue
For more on the current status of these altermative routes, see our full report HERE.
On the Bike Rodeo Course
WHAT: Bells and Whistles and Bike Rodeo on the CCT
A beautiful ode to the Capital Crescent Trail has been written by regular trail user Lenny Bernstein and published in the Washington Post Wellness Section on Feb. 26, 2013: In praise of a reliable workout buddy. From the article:
"...I've walked, run and biked every inch of the CCT hundreds of times over the years - in the dark and at dawn, in 95-degree summers and 10-degree winters, alone and with groups of more than 100. I know the location of every water fountain, pothole, access point and secluded emergency pit stop. I plan my workouts around them. We all do.
CCCT Chair Ron Tripp and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy spokesman Jake Lynch also offer their insights on the history and value of the CCT. From Jake Lynch:
"When you try to estimate ... what a trail like this is worth, ...that sort of value is priceless. You can't put a price on it."
This article is a good read for everyone, whether new to the trail or a long time trail veteran.
More news is available in our Crescent Newsletter, available online at our Newsletter webpage.
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