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Met Branch Trail Wayfinding Meeting – Give Your Input For Signage And Other Improvements

Take the MBT right to the REI storeIf you use or have interest in improving the Met Branch Trail, this meeting is for you. The meeting will  be held Thursday July 13th from 5 – 7 pm at Wunder Garten (1101 First Street NE). From the meeting invite:

Join us to discuss wayfinding on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). Effective, well-placed, and visible signage can help promote use of the MBT and improve the way it connects users to adjacent neighborhoods and institutions.

Improvements to MBT wayfinding was recommended by community members participating in the 2015 MBT Safety and Access Study.

In coordination with DDOT, the NoMa Business Improvement District engaged Alta Planning + Design to complete a wayfinding study of the MBT from Union Station to Michigan Avenue. Your input is needed to make sure we get a great product.

Other improvements recommended in the Study that have been implemented to date include:

– signage annoucing the MBT

– new safety mirrors and safety signage along the MBT

– meeting point at M Street ramp

– several new murals along the MBT

Free Yoga On The Met Branch Trail Returns For The Summer

Grab those mats and go!

Here is a great series of events for anyone interested in getting out and getting active. From an email from instructor Crystal Moore:

For the 4th straight year, I am partnering with the DC Road Runners Club to offer a FREE weekly, outdoor community yoga class on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

This All Levels class will accommodate every yogi, from beginner to advanced. We begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesdays after Memorial Day.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 30 through July 25
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Metropolitan Branch Trail
at foot of Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian Bridge

Get more details and sign up for classes here.

Plan For 2 Acre Park Along The Met Branch Trail Is Finalized

Image by NoMa Parks Foundation. via Greater Greater Washington.

We are always happy when we see green spaces preserved or created here in Ward 5. We have been hearing about a park from the  NoMa Parks Foundation coming to the Eckington area along the Met Branch Trail for a couple of years now, and recently learned that the park design is finalized. Brooklanders who use the MBT will be happy to know that the portion near R Street NE will be realigned to soften the sharp curve and eliminate the blind turn. The new park will be located  at Third Street and L Street NE and will have a playground and dog park. For additional details check out this article in Greater Greater Washington. From  the article:

The NoMa Parks Foundation will build the just over two-acre park on the southern half of the empty field next to the MBT, just to the north of New York Avenue NE. The foundation acquired the land from Pepco in early 2016 and hired Nelson Byrd Woltz to design the space that fall.

Thanks to community input in the time since, the lawn, playground, and dog park spaces will be bit bigger than initially planned. The MBT where it passes the park will be wider as well.

The park is expected to open later this year.

Registration Now Open For The Met Branch Trail 5K

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.  From an email:

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.

WHERE:  The start/finish is at the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center (near the Metro Station and 4th Street, NE).  Race course is along the off-road portion of the MBT.

WHEN:  April 29, race start is 9:00 a.m.  Race day registration and Packet Pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.

COURSE: Flat and fast USATF certified 5K up and down the Met Branch Trail.

Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35).  Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes.  We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.

The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs  alongside the Metro’s Red Line.

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.

Friends Of Edgewood, MBT 5K Host Outdoor Movie Night On The MBT Thursday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCThe Friends of Edgewood and the Met Branch Trail 5K are hosting an Outdoor Movie Night series, the first of which will be Thursday, July 30th. The movie shown will be the Princess Bride. The movie begins at dusk but folks can come early and picnic. The movie will located on the Met Branch Trail under the Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge. The event is free thanks to sponsors Boundary Stone, Rustik, Smith Public Trust and neighbors who have been raising funds for the last three years to make this happen.

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 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.