Speak up for trails

March 20 update: We'll lead a ride along the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Saturday, March 21. After taking a look at the trail, we'll attend the 1 pm meeting on completing the northern end. The ride departs from our shop at 700 5th St NW at 11:30 am.   

There are several upcoming opportunities to take action to help improve regional trails. You don't have to be a trailblazer to attend a meeting, write a letter, drink a beer or go to a festival in support of better trails.

Thursday, 3/19

To prepare for a public meeting Saturday, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is having a working happy hour at 6 pm at Simple Bar in Brightwood. Get up to speed on issues related to the northern parts of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the subject of a meeting D.C. officials are holding on March 21. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Saturday, 3/21

The District Department of Transportation and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B will hold a public meeting on the preliminary design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Takoma Park. The meeting takes place from 1 pm to 4 pm at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave NW. Click here for more information.

Saturday, 3/28

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is throwing a national party to celebrate "Opening Day for Trails." Motivated by the simple reason that "it's time to get out and play," the local festivities are taking place from 10 am to 2 pm along the Custis Trail in Rosslyn, directly across Lee Highway from Gateway Park. Click here for more information.  

The D.C. mayor's office is seeking to appoint new members to the Recreational Trails Advisory Committee. The committee makes advisory recommendations as to how the District should spend federal funds for trails. Click here for more information.