Archive for the ‘Trails’ Category

I had the honor to participate in the 2017 Walking College. Taking part in this six month fellowship transformed me from an arm-chair walkability enthusiast into a full fledged community advocate for more walkable communities. The Walking College is administered by the national not-for-profit organization America Walks, through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The application period for the 2018 Walking College is coming soon. If you are passionate about walking but not sure how to make your community more walkable, here is your chance.   More information about the 2018 Walking College Fellowship can be found at: http://americawalks.org/walkingcollege/

The application process will be open from February 1st – 28th, and there’s an “Orientation to the Walking College” webinar on February 8th.  America Walks is an inclusive organization and is seeking applications from diverse individuals who are interested in getting more involved in the walking movement.

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Trails are dedicated spaces for people on foot and bike to get from point A to point B. Many trails go through a forested path, but that is not always the case. I’m more likely to use a trail if it feels safe, is well maintained, and is being used by other people too (I don’t want to be out there all alone). One issue related to trail safety is the access point — can people safely get to the trail?

Case in point: at an entrance to Rock Creek Trail on Russett Road, there is no crosswalk for people on the opposite side of the road who want to access the trail. On more than one occasion I’ve seen families with children and bikes crossing the street mid-block (illegally) to get to the trail. Where the crosswalk should be, there is a ramp that mysteriously ends directly onto a lane of traffic (you can see the ramp that leads to the trail on the Google map below, just behind the speed camera).

Rock Creek Trail entrance

Last week I put in a crosswalk request for this location with the county’s department of transportation (MCDOT). I’m thankful to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for submitting a letter of support for this project. MCDOT, let’s get this done and make it safer for people to use Rock Creek Trail.

Along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington DC there is a new monument painted on the wall of a warehouse. Created by artist Garin Baker, the monument/mural pays tribute to the African American artists and craftsmen who built the Lincoln Memorial.

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The POW! WOW! grafitti art event is back in DC. Throughout the Metropolitan Branch Trail and around the NoMa neighborhood, new works of art are coming to life.

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Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County is a lovely place to spend a spring day. With both paved and unpaved walking trails, it offers something for everyone.

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The 10-mile Sligo Creek Trail travels alongside Sligo Creek, which flows through Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland. 

Montgomery County’s Rock Creek Trail is a 14 mile paved path for pedestrians and cyclists that meanders through Rock Creek Regional Park. Going north, it ends at Lake Needwood, and to the south it connects with Rock Creek Park (operated by the National Park Service within the District of Columbia).