Biking around Town is written by Josh Nadas (@dcliterate), a daily bike commuter & avid rider who lives in Mount Pleasant. Josh previously wrote about the National Arboretum.
Did you know that there is a really cool skate park underneath highway 695? If you have not been there yet, it’s definitely worth checking out. There are some talented riders and skaters, so if you go when the weather is good you might get to see some fancy tricks. I rode out here with my road bike, but I am definitely coming back with my mountain bike so I can be one of the cool kids and ride around under the bridge. There are lots of ramps, jumps, and cool things to check out, if you are into that sort of thing. Don’t go out there trying to be Danny McCaskill, ride smart and be safe at the skate park.
I started the route from Lincoln Park. You’ll start out by heading west on East Capitol street, until you reach 8th street, where you will make a left turn. Follow 8th street, and make a right onto North Carolina Ave, where you will make a left onto 3rd street. Heading south on 3rd street, you’ll make a right onto South Carolina Avenue, and continue for a block where you can make a left into the park. Follow the path all the way down, and you should be able to see the skate park at that point.
This ride is a short, one mile ride from where I started the route. It’s also relatively flat, and most of the roads are easy to ride on. The skate park very well decorated with graffiti, and is worth checking out even if you are just passing by on your way to a Nats game or something. I think that you’ll be able to ride from start to finish in about fifteen minutes. Sometimes the best rides are short – enjoy this one.