Wow. For us here at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), and
everyone who works hard to build trail systems, there are few better feelings
than seeing a group of people having a great time on their local trail, beaming
smiles and loving life.
And so it was wonderful to see our efforts on the
Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) in Washington D.C. over the past five years
bloom into an energetic and supportive trail community. Our MBT program
coordinator Pat Fisher and her crew of helpers have shown local residents that
the trail is all about having a good time, getting the blood pumping, hanging
out with old friends and making new ones.
And as you can see from these photos taken at the MBT
Community Veterans 5k Walk/Run for Fun event on Saturday, people of all ages,
sizes, colors and shapes are responding to that message! (Click on either of the photos to run a slideshow...)
D.C. Prep Physical Education teacher, Dan Kipperman, and
local Zumba instructor LaShawn Scott-Boone helped make Saturday's event on the
MBT a real party, with dance music, high fives and shouts of encouragement the
order of the day.
But, as Fisher knows, to attract an even bigger community of
trail-users and supporters, the trail must remain a safe and convenient
facility for locals. Fisher and the Edgewood Community Travel Safety Planning Committee
will to continue to work with RTC and local transportation and neighborhood planners
on providing safe intersections near and around the MBT, and advocating for
trail safety efforts that involve the whole community.
To learn more about RTC's work on fostering a trail
community around the MBT and other urban trails, visit
Photos by RTC
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
Washington, DC 20037