Rose Park Access Part of Rock Creek Trail Meeting

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Thanks to commenter Jeremy for pointing out that the future of the Rose Park Trail will be part of Wednesday evening’s discussion of the Rock Creek Trail.  The Rose Park Trail is a significant access point for cyclists in Georgetown and South Dupont Circle, but that access is threatened by the organized efforts of the Friends of Rose Park, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and ANC 2E.

WABA strongly supports the continued right of cyclists to use this trail, and believes that efforts to prevent cyclists’ access to this important part of the trail network is discriminatory and ill-conceived.  Public space must be shared, and no single user-group has the right to override the access rights of others.

While we hope that this Rose Park Trail access issue does not overtake the entire meeting and unduly distract attention from the primary 3.7 mile Rock Creek Trail project, it is clear that many groups who oppose not only trail widening, but all bicycle access to the Rose Park Trail, will be attendance.

Please come and show your support for not only the improvement of the Rock Creek Trail, but for the broader rights of access for bicyclists.

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.

National Zoological Park Visitor Center Auditorium
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The letters from Friends of Rose Park and the Citizens Association of Georgetown seeking to ban bikes from the park are below.  (Copied from the Friends of Rose Park website).

Friends of Rose Park Letter

Citizen’s Association of George Town Letter