I live in Fairfax County, but just went to a conference at Marymount University. I couldn't help but notice the freshly paved roads, the wide dedicated bike lanes, and the and endless miles of rollers through a beautiful town! Are any of you guys out there familiar with routes in Arlington? I just took a look at the fresh bikes cue sheet, but I don't think I can get to the Tuesday night rides, given all the rush-hour traffic. I was hoping to find some guys in the area to meet up with and tagalong on a weekend ride, if possible. Looks like a beautiful area and good climbing!
I live right up the hill from Westover Park, a couple of blocks east of the Italian Store on Washington Blvd. The W&OD MUT has a pi$$ stop at Westover Park. I go 4 miles east on the Martha Custis trail and come out at the Key Bridge Marriott. From there, I can go south along the river to the airport, take The W&OD trail west along Four Mile Run through Shirlington and come back to Westover on the W&OD, which continues on all the way to Purcellville.
I can also take the W&OD to the airport and go down the river to old town Alexandria and on to Mt. Vernon.
At the Marriott, I can go over Key Bridge and take the Capital Crescent Trail up into suburban MD, loop down Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park all the way to Georgetown, or exit the park and go through Adams Morgan, and come back across Key bridge and out the W&OD.
The marked bike lanes are on the connecting roads, so you can go anywhere you want on tree lined residential streets, the MUTs, and bike path cut throughs, pretty much.
Arlington city also has bike maps.
Where's your jumping off point out in Fairfax?