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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Inclement weather notices will be posted at www.facebook.com/mbt5k
Stay fit this summer–see you there!
Sally and Sherri
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.
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.
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 .
After almost two years of delays, a project to build a pedestrian and bike bridge across the train tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station appears to be moving forward. We are enthusiastic based on the launch of a DC Department Of Transportation (DDOT) project webpage for the bridge. The purpose of the bridge is to make it easier and safer to cross the railroad tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station, and create an easier connection between Rhode Island Avenue and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. According to the project’s website:
The truss bridge is designed in the style of an old railroad bridge. Ramps on both sides will provide wheelchair and bicycle access while a stairway on the west side will provide a more direct route. The open design will allow for visibility as well as beautiful city views and 24-hour lighting will enhance safety.
The project has a long history of delays. In November 2011 DDOT released a Request For Proposals, with the expectation that the bridge would be delivered in 2012. Unfortunately, the contract award process was terminated due to issues with bidders. Then there were delays regarding the construction staging area, that seem to be resolved. Construction is set to begin this week and is expected to last 16 to 18 months. Let’s hope that this time around the project goes ahead without any issues.
Many of us are eager to have the Metropolitan Branch Trail finally completed. If you are one of them, consider signing up for the Big Stinky Hill Climb Challenge. So, what is exactly, is the Big Stinky? It is a hill on the section of the Met Branch Trail at the intersection of John McCormack Road and Bates Drive NE (on the east side of Catholic U). It got the nickname Big Stinky due to the frequent aroma of garbage wafting over from nearby Fort Totten Transfer Station. According to Bicycle SPACE:
The hill is a symbol of the stalled progress in building the Metropolitan Branch Trail which when ultimately completed, will provide a smooth at-grade connection between Silver Spring and the National Mall. With the Trail in place, instead of having to take on Big Stinky, cyclists and other users will be able to pass the transfer station alongside the Metro tracks on a level path. And, the completed Trail will be able to connect with the Capital Crescent Trail to offer a 27 mile “bicycle beltway” encircling a large part of the District, thereby providing a hugely valuable recreational amenity and transportation link.
The hill climb challenge, taking place on Saturday, March 16th at 12 pm is hosted by The Assembly. There will be prizes for winners, riders and fans with the best costumes, not to mention the coveted trophy, the Golden Garbage Pail. They are hoping to draw a large crowd and are encouraging participants to create a party atmosphere complete with costumes, cheering, flag waving, cowbell ringing and the like.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings greater awareness to this fantastic resource. The race will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the MBT entrance on S Street and 4th Street, NE. Registration is now open for the 2013 race at the low cost of just $25 and the first 150 runners under age 18 can register for free. Click here to Register. If you don’t want to run, consider volunteering. This will be the third year the race is being held, and organizers are expecting participation to increase again for 2013, as it has with each year. There will be awards for the top male and female overall winners, as well as age group winners, T-shirts, and post-race refreshments.
Last week, the vegetation between the “C” block building of the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) development and the Metro tracks was cleared. While normally I am not a fan of clear cutting in the name of development, a lot of it was overgrown shrubs and vines, and with the exception of two smaller evergreens, I don’t think there were any true viable trees in the bunch. The good news is that this area will become a stretch of the Met Branch Trail and will connect with a part of the MBT that exists now, which is routed along a sidepath of John McCormack Road on Catholic U’s campus. This will bring the trail one small step closer to being a completely off-road trail. I am hoping/assuming that there will be quite a bit of re-planting once the trail is complete, as the renderings of the development show a line of trees along the border of the property and the Metro tracks. I am not sure when this stretch of the MBT will be complete, but since the C block is slated to be delivered by June/July 2013, I am assuming it will be ready by then or sooner. So, as a reminder, here is how the MBT is supposed to look when complete (lower left of the rendering below).