Here is some good news for Met Branch Trail enthusiasts. We recently learned that DDOT released a request for proposals to design and build a stretch of the MBT that will connect the Fort Totten Metro to where the trail currently ends on McCormack Drive by the Brookland Metro stop. From the DDOT press release:
The new trail will provide a direct off-street route for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Fort Totten area.
The trail will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. The design-build process will allow for a streamlined final design and construction process. The extension is expected to be complete within 18 months of awarding the contract.
You can read the press release here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Hi Readers. News has been pretty sparse going into the new year. But we thought local Met Branch Trail users would be excited by this recent permit approval. From this article in the Washington Business Journal:
Welcome news here for pedestrians and cyclists alike, as a streetlight upgrade is planned for the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street NE.
Hope all is well and that you and yours enjoy the New Year!
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.
For the second summer in a row the Met Branch Trail 5K organization is hosting free fitness classes on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July from 6-7 p.m., and will meet next to the new pedestrian bridge from the RIA Metro Station. For more info check out the flyer below.
Back 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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information. Inclement weather notices will be posted at www.facebook.com/mbt5k
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.
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