11/09 “About two weekends back, we all went out to the see what was going on with the Met Bike Trail. This was the first time I had ridden a bike in about 10 years, initially it was grueling, but after 45 minutes, and some help from the group, I had the hang of it. My first observation is that the trail is going to be quite nice, and will add much needed upgrades to our area of the planet, and once everything is installed and working, it will enhance our area. Further, the much advertised bike station at Union station is state-of-art. It really is user-friendly for novices like me. The rentals are quite reasonable and they offer parking, maintenance, and some retail. I feel compelled to ride more now, at least to Union Station. Besides, because of all the construction going on, maybe biking will be the preferred way to travel.” – Commissioner Denise Wright ANC 5C05, Ward 5

6/3/09 The Metropolitan Branch Trail stitches together a great cross-section of DC – from the leafy streets of Takoma to the monumental beauty of Union Station. In between, the route passes through some of the city’s most engaging and historic neighborhoods, such as Brookland, Edgewood and Eckington. The upcoming completion of the off-road trail from New York Avenue to Franklin Street will finally give pedestrians and cyclists a safe, convenient route between these great neighborhoods and downtown. It looks like the Metropolitan Branch Trail will be worth the wait!

5/1/09 Riding along the Met Branch Trail is a chance to trip through the changing NE neighborhoods of D.C. The trail moves from off-road relaxed curves in Silver Spring to refreshing on-road splendor of the tall tree canopy on Sandy Spring Road, and to a roomy bike lane on 3rd Street that conveniently passes a tasty Jamaican cafe. Alternating on-road, on bike-lane, on trail, the Met Branch enters D.C. at the bustling hub of Union Station with building excitement. Fun to navigate now, but will be even better when the soon-to-be section is completed. – Barbara Richey