MacArthur Boulevard, like Rock Creek Parkway, is a road that frustrates drivers. Cyclists love it, but when drivers get stuck behind a cyclist they get angry. They wonder why the cyclist is in front of them instead of using that "perfectly good" bike path. WABA at one point considered the MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway Improvement Project as one of it's top priorities, but it no longer shows up as one. Neither the Phase I report, nor the project status can be found on the Montgomery County DPWT Bikeways site. So what happened to it? The WABA preferred alternative included rebuilding the bikeway and adding bike lanes along the road. Which seems like a good idea. Another good idea, to run a path along the abandoned Glen Echo Trolley line, was tabled in a County Council meeting in January of 2005 where they
Agreed that a provision not be added to the Master Plan to convert the former Glen Echo trolley right-of-way to a shared use path between Glen Echo Park and the Capital Crescent Trail through Brookmont and to revisit the issue in the future.
So it seems no changes are planned for one of the areas most popular bike routes and cyclists and drivers can continue to frustrate one another.