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Reminder: Rock Creek Trail Meeting Wednesday

After some delay, the Environmental Assessment of the improvements to the Rock Creek Trail in DC is set to resume.  A public meeting, including renderings of the proposal concepts, will be held next Wednesday, February 23 at 6pm at the National Zoological Park Visitor Center Auditorium.

The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the District Department of Transportation, proposes to rehabilitate a 3.7 mile section of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail from Broad Branch Road, NW to M Street, including a 3,000 foot segment of the Rose Park Trail, and a spur along Piney Branch Parkway from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other laws, regulations, and policies, an Environmental Assessment and Assessment of Effects will be prepared to analyze the potential impacts of a range of alternatives on the natural, cultural, and human environment.

Public comments will be accepted until February 28 and can be submitted electronically at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RockCreekTrailRehab/

We encourage the many trail users in the region to attend this public meeting and submit comments supporting the resurfacing, widening, and improvement of the trail.

WABA will finalize its comments following the presentations at this public meeting, and will provide a follow-up Advocacy Alert with an option to submit comments through the WABA Action Center.

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Open House: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Open Microphone Session: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
National Zoological Park Visitor Center Auditorium
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20008

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Colleen Hackett
Colleen Hackett

Hi Jeremy, I sympathize with you on the Rose park situation. FYI, it may help to point out that that trail isn't just used by bikes it is also used by people running to the park with jogging strollers. When my son was little I used to take RCP to P st ramp and then the path to Rose park daily and never had a problem with bikers who seem to prefer staying on RCPwy. Colleen

Jeremy
Jeremy

Does anyone know what the plans are for the Rose Park path part of this project? On Friday, I was accosted by a dog walker while riding slowly and safely through Rose Park. I wasn't even on the path - I was on the side yielding to pedestrians. This man shouted profanity at me, flipped me off, and told me that there was a "hearing" this week and after it, bikers "would get tickets for riding on the path." He seemed very angry. His talk of the hearing made me think Rose Park NIMBY's are organizing to go after bikers at this hearing. The event seemed on the top of his mind. I hope WABA and other bikers can be there to advocate for us. I am going to try. Do we think they might actually be able to ban bikes from the path in Rose Park? Given that riding on sidewalks in this part of town is legal, making bikes illegal would be silly. Do we know what the plan is? I see Friends of Rose Park has been opposing expanding the path for some time. Can WABA be a counter voice for reason, perhaps by pointing out an expanded path would make it safer for all and that banning bikes on the path would lead to unintended consequences such as ad hoc dirt trails being created in the grassy parts of the park? I know Friends of the Park is concerned about safety. Pedestrians and bikes can co-exist - - as they do day in and day out on sidewalks throughout the city. The park provides a pleasant and safe way to get from Eastern Georgetown to the DuPont area. Frankly, the Rock Creek trail is not a great alterative for those making this journey in that direction.

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