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    Default Metropolitan Branch Trail Clean Up on MLK Day

    Hey everyone! I'm participating in a WABA Trail Ranger clean up on the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Monday January 15th for the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service. I'm planning on scoring a Beerneuring point afterwards at Atlas. I'd love for some forum folks and Freezing Saddles participants to join me. There will be kid friendly tasks so this is a great one for parents who want to demonstrate the value of community service for their kiddos. I hope to see lots of you out there. The Met Branch is a great trail through central DC and this event will help make a beautiful trail mural visible again.

    TimeGather for coffee at 8:30. Cleanup starts at 9 and runs to 11ish.

    Meeting Location:
    Carlos Rosario School - Sonia Gutierrez Campus
    514 V St NE
    Washington, DC 20002

    Full details and sign up are here

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    You should add this to the FS calendar

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    Thanks for sharing this. As someone who rides the MBT practically daily, I'll do my best to be there.

    In addition, since the startup spot is down a short flight of stairs from the MBT itself, I thought it'd be helpful to highlight/reiterate the directions info. from the link.

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    There is plenty of bike parking at the school and street parking for vehicles. If you are arriving from the south on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, it is easiest to hop off the trail at 5th and T St NE and ride up 5th St to the school. From the north, you can cut through the parking lot at W St NE and down 5th St NE. The access point at V St is a short flight of stairs. The closest Metro station is Rhode Island Ave, a quick half mile walk on the trail.
    (Quick editorial - the one time I cut through the parking lot at W St NE, I had to avoid a lot of glass/loose gravel/etc.; T St is the safer/easier bet.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LhasaCM View Post
    Thanks for sharing this. As someone who rides the MBT practically daily, I'll do my best to be there.

    In addition, since the startup spot is down a short flight of stairs from the MBT itself, I thought it'd be helpful to highlight/reiterate the directions info. from the link.



    (Quick editorial - the one time I cut through the parking lot at W St NE, I had to avoid a lot of glass/loose gravel/etc.; T St is the safer/easier bet.)
    I’m relying on you to bring the Kidz Bop.

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    Just a reminder for anyone that wants to give back to biking and volunteer for the Met Branch Trail cleanup tomorrow. It looks like info on holiday hours for places is a bit spotty, so not sure where lunch will be afterwards. I'm leaning heavily towards biking down to Bluejacket in Navy Yard because their food and beer are both yummy.


    Here's additional info from WABA on tomorrow's event:
    Hello,

    We are excited for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Monday and thank you for joining us!

    When: Monday January 15th, 9am - 11am
    Where: Sonia Gutierrez Campus (514 V ST NE)

    Registration opens at 8:30 am and Whole Foods coffee/bagels/breakfast treats will be available as well. We'll start the cleanup at 9am with a quick all-group intro and orientation at the school before splitting off into different site groups, grabbing tools for each site and dispering to each site. If you are interested, further details on our sites and tasks can be found here.

    Getting There: The school is right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail and most easily accessed from the Red Line Rhode Island Ave stop by taking a right at the metro exit over the pedestrian bridge and then taking a left onto the Metropolitan Branch Trail to V St NE. The V St entrance to the trail has stairs so if you don't want to hoist a bike or strollers down the stairs, the easiest place to get off the trail is either W St NE or T St NE and connect to the school via 5th St NE.

    Parking: There are approxiamately 10 bike racks at the school. The closest Capital Bikeshare station is at 4th and W St NE, and Rhode Island Ave Metro. Car parking is availble in the neighborhood.

    Please bring a water bottle, wear closed toed shoes and long pants, and be prepared to work outside for two hours. Current forecast is for 32F and sunny! One of our sites will be removing blackberry vines to uncover a mural - for folks interested in this work, it is best to wear heavier duty work pants and jacket that are less vulnerable to thorns. The other two sites will be outside but do not require heavy duty work clothing though it is always best so wear clothes than you don't mind getting dirty. We're bringing lots of gloves, pruners, trash grabbers, shovels and other tools but if you own tools you would like to use, you're more than welcome to bring them.

    The normal photo ID requirement for the Sonia Guteirrez campus has been waived for Monday morning so no ID is required. The building will have security presence at the entrances and bags/helmets can be left in the main lobby.

    For questions before the event or day of, we can be reached at Ursula Sandstrom, ursula.sandstrom@waba.org, cell (202) 430-6385 and Claudia Esteves at (240)5430-1251.

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    Ursula

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    Captain Chuxtr has an ETA of 11-ish at Colada Shop (1405 T St NW). That's only 2.5 miles away if you'd like another option after cleanup.

    Edit: Well shoot, it looks like cleanup registration is at capacity. That's a great problem to have though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birru View Post
    Captain Chuxtr has an ETA of 11-ish at Colada Shop (1405 T St NW). That's only 2.5 miles away if you'd like another option after cleanup.

    Edit: Well shoot, it looks like cleanup registration is at capacity. That's a great problem to have though!
    Come by anyway. Many hands make the work light according to Confucius. I think we’ll try to meet up at Colada afterwards.


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    Tons of people at the Met Branch Trail clean up today.




    LhasaCM was there with his wife and cute kiddo, who was proudly sporting a Freezing Saddles zipper pull.



    Komorebi was there clearing a billion vines off of trees.



    The trail was looking much better after two hours but there’s still a lot of work to do. After two hours of clipping it made me really appreciate the work of the WABA trail ranger team.


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    I'd like to add my huge thanks as well to everyone who showed up and supported today's effort. While we focused our efforts on cleaning up near and north of the Rhode Island Avenue bridge (including a hillside that seemed to be made of thorny branches and beer cans), I think the most visible (and hopefully lasting) transformation was done by the group at the Change Gears mural (just north of T Street).

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    Strong work!

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