WASHINGTON — Quick: What’s the fastest way to get from downtown Bethesda, Maryland to downtown Silver Spring, Maryland?
Jordan Cooper, a Democratic candidate for Maryland’s House of Delegates, suspects a bike might beat a car and the Red Line. So the District 16 candidate will put it to the test.
On June 3, he’ll hop aboard a Capital Bikeshare bike in Bethesda and race to Silver Spring in a contest he’s calling The Great Race.
Cooper says he wants make a couple of points: that it’s time to get cracking on the construction of the Purple Line, which will connect the two downtowns; and that even after the Purple Line is built, the Capital Crescent Trail will still be a viable bike route.
Opponents of the Purple Line have complained it will ruin the stretch of the popular trail from Bethesda’s downtown toward Silver Spring by clearing trees along the route and placing bikes too close to the light rail cars.
Watch a video of Cooper discuss biking and the Purple Line: