Category Archives: Met Branch Trail

Met Branch Trail Clean Up Saturday With Gearin’ Up Bicycles

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCGearin’ Up Bicycles is hosting a clean up of the Met Branch Trail this Saturday, March 5th, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. From the event page:

Join the Gearheads (our youth MBT rangers) and Americorps NCCC members as they clean up the MBT to prepare for the wonderful spring weather. We will meet at the shop to get equipment then spit into teams and get to making the trail a better place for everyone!

Gearin’ Up Bicylces is located at 314 Randolph Place NE.

DDOT Presents Options To Extend Met Branch Trail

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCBack in 2012 we wrote about frustrations with delays in  completing the Met Branch Trail, specifically,  connecting the portions that run along the Brookland/CUA Metro with Silver Spring as originally planned. We were excited to learn that DDOT recently hosted a presentation of preliminary designs for the MBT’s remaining sections in DC. For more information, check out this super-detailed story from WashCycle, a cycling advocacy blog. Construction is planned for 2017.

Save The Date And Register- 5th Annual Met Branch Trail 5K -Saturday, May 2

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.
Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource.  Now in its 5th year,  the 5K Walk/Run will be Saturday, May 2, 2015 with a race time at 9:00 a.m. This time around the location of the start/finish line will be the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center and the new pedestrian bridge at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. Register here – to run, volunteer, or sponsor the event. Also, there is free registration for runners under 18. 

Met Branch Trail/Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian Bridge Now Open

MBT/RIA Pedestrian Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT
MBT/RIA Pedestrian Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

We thought readers would be happy to hear that the pedestrian bridge connecting the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Rhode Island Metro stop is now open. We have been following the development of the pedestrian bridge since August and are delighted it is complete. The pedestrian and bike bridge crosses the train tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and makes it easier and safer to cross, and creates an easier connection between Rhode Island Avenue and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. For several pics and additional info, check out this story from DCist.

Met Branch Trail To Add Tulip Garden, Progress Made On Pedestrian Bridge

MBT/RIA Pedestrian Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT
MBT/RIA Pedestrian Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

A local group, known as the Paul Meijer Garden Planting Team, received a $1,000 grant to plant a tulip garden on the Met Branch Trail near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. For the backstory, check out this blog page. Here is info on how you can help:

DONATE: We hope to raise $1,000 to supplement the existing $1,000 grant. This will allow us to purchase additional tulip bulbs and multi-seasonal plantings to create a year-round garden near the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Rhode Island Ave. Donations of $100 or smaller can be made through PayPal. To contribute larger amounts, please contact Heather Deutsch at heathercdeutsch(at)gmail(dot)com.

VOLUNTEER: Sign up to help plant the garden on Saturday, November 8th, from 8am – noon.

While we are on the topic of the MBT, we thought readers would like an update on the pedestrian bridge under construction. As a reminder, the pedestrian and bike bridge will across the train tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and will make it easier and safer to cross, and will create an easier connection between Rhode Island Avenue and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Work started in mid August and by now the bridge is really starting to take shape. For lots of pics and additional info, check out this blog post from the good folks over the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The bridge should be completed by early 2015.

Free Yoga And Fitness Classes On The Metro Branch Trail MBT

Logo courtesy of www.gometbranch.com
Logo courtesy of www.gometbranch.com

Sally and Sheri from the MBT5K Team shared some exciting news with the community. They will offer free yoga and fitness classes in the months of June and July. What a fantastic opportunity to engage in outdoor activities. This will also add additional traffic, which, as we all know, will help make the trail safer.

Here the official announcement:

SUMMER ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY MBT5K!

Dear Astrid,

We’re pleased to announce that the MBT5K Race is sponsoring free activities along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in northeast Washington, DC this summer.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July at 6:30 PM we are offering yoga and fitness classes to all who would like to stop by.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, TUESDAYS IN JUNE & JULY (2014):  Yoga with Crystal Moore at S & 4th Streets NE (at the mini park along the trail where the MBT5K race is held).  Bring mat or towel.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, THURSDAYS IN JUNE & JULY (2014):  Fitness boot camp with Project Fitness at 8th & Edgewood Streets NE (at the trail entrance, near Chocolate City Beer).  All fitness levels welcome.

Bike, walk or drive in.  On-street parking available at both locations.  Email metbranch5k@gmail.com for more information.  Inclement weather notices will be posted at www.facebook.com/mbt5k 

Stay fit this summer–see you there!

Sally and Sherri

2014 Metropolitan Branch 5K Race This Weekend

Logo courtesy of www.gometbranch.com
Logo courtesy of www.gometbranch.com

Before spending some money on the Greater Brookland Yard Sale, which you can read about right here, you can participate in this year’s Metro Branch Trail 5K race. Get your exercise in or be a cheerleader on the sideline.

It is the fourth time that the organizers of the Metro Branch Trail MBT have put together this event on the Saturday of Mothers Day weekend. Although still young, the MBT 5K has become a staple in the lineup of neighborhood events. Neighbors of all ages and abilities challenge themselves in the race along our beautiful bike trail.

It is not too late, you can still sign up. Use the online registration option on the MBT 5K website.

4th Annual Met Branch Trail 5K Run/Walk Registration Now Open

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.
Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings greater awareness to this fantastic resource. This year the race will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the MBT entrance on S Street and 4th Street, NE. Registration is now open for the 2014 race at the low cost of just $25. Click here to Register. This will be the fourth year the race is being held, and organizers are expecting participation to increase again for 2014, as it has with each year. Runners under age 18 can register for free.  Cash prizes for top 3 age group winners.

4th Annual Met Branch Trail 5K Date Announced – Saturday May 10th

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.
Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource. Here is a message from Sherri Morgan, organizer of the MBT5K Run/Walk:

Saturday, May 10, 2014 is the date planned for the Fourth Annual MBT5K, to be held on the paved, off-road portion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail between the NoMa and Brookland Metro stations. The NoMa entrances to this section of the trail are at L St. NE (stairs, just next to train tracks), M St. NE (bike/ped ramp next to train bridge) and the stairs/elevator next to Au Bon Pain. The race has been growing steadily with strong community support, so this year we anticipate 500 – 600 runners. Volunteers are always welcome; runners under 18 are able to register for free. We will be posting announcements on the event website and Facebook page .
We can’t wait! We will post addittional information as it becomes available.