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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) Updates and Scheduled Events

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The newest section of trail - from Franklin Street, NE to New York Avenue, NE - opens May 1! So get out there and ride, skate, walk or run! Or attend one of many MBT events this May, culminating in a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 5. Read on for details…

Mark Your Calendars: May is the Month for the Met Branch Trail

Saturday, May 1: Trail Clean-Up
Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center will be leading a trail clean-up this Saturday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the Edgewood mural behind the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center. See you there! Questions? Contact Kelly Pack at

Saturday, May 1: Walking Tour of the Rhode Island Ave. Metro Station Area
After the clean-up, join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour at 12 noon to learn about plans to turn the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station parking lot into a vibrant, walkable community. Representatives from DDOT and developer Urban Atlantic will be there to answer your questions. RSVP is required online and a $10 donation is suggested.

Thursday, May 13: Trail Meeting – Get Involved
An informal walk-and- talk on the Met Branch Trail. Learn more about the trail and how you can help out. Meet at Pound Coffee, 1300 2nd Street, NE near the MBT and the New York Avenue Metro station at 6 p.m.

Fridays, May 21, May 28, June 4: Friday Commuter Convoys
Commuter Convoys will ride from Takoma, Brookland, and Eckington to Union Station on Friday mornings — beginning on Bike to Work Day (May 21) and repeating each week until June 4. Check out our route and sign up now to reserve your spot – it’s free!

Saturday, May 22: WalkingTown and BikingTown DC includes the MBT
Enjoy a free walking tour of the new MBT section on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon as part of Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown DC weekend. In addition, BikingTown DC will offer "Gimme 5! Ward 5 Bike Tour" which will include the MBT. For more information including a full weekend schedule, visit WalkingTown DC.

Save the Date: Meet the Met
Party on the Met Branch Trail
WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: On and along the trail from Franklin Street, NE to New York Avenue Metro station. Main activity station near trail entrance at Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, in front of Edgewood mural.
WHO: You! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to this free community event!

More information will be available soon at
We need your help! If you are interested in volunteering for all or part of the event, sign up for a volunteer shift online.

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