I recently found out that my fear of driving on the highway is a far, far, far, distant second to biking on the highway. (Unless it’s during BikeDC, that’s awesome.) The 14th St. Bridge is bikable, but apparently you need to know HOW to bike it.
If you just bike down 14th St, you’ll start to notice that cars are going very fast. You’ll look around and wonder if there’s a bike lane. Then you’ll realize that you just biked onto I-395. At this point, your eyes will go very wide, and you’ll pull over onto the shoulder.
The shoulder at this point is about 6 inches wide. You’ll wait until there are no cars in the right lane, and you’ll quickly turn your bike around. Very slowly, walk back the way you came. Peer over the bridge to your left; nope, still too tall to jump. At some point, you’ll come to a tunnel which goes under the US Financial Management Service building. There will be cars coming very fast out of this tunnel. You don’t want to go in there.
Looking down, you’ll see that there’s only about a 20 foot drop into the garden outside of the US Financial Management Service building. Wait for a lull in traffic, swing you bike over the ledge, and drop it as carefully as you can. Jump down. Go home, celebrate, you’re alive.
See the map above? Follow those directions. There’s a sidewalk path that does go over the 14th St. Bridge, but you need to make a turn off of 14th to get onto that. Do that.
That red circle is where you should jump into, if you get yourself into a situation as stupid as mine.