You’ve heard the rumors. Pairs of friendly and helpful bicyclists have been spotted on off-street paved trails throughout DC. Sources say they appear eager to help out with maps, trail information and patching the occasional flat tire. Some say these uniformed “rangers” are even inspecting trail conditions, clearing debris, and removing trail obstacles for a smoother ride.
Well, its true. WABA’s Trail Ranger team is back in full force for its second season! After a long winter and a rainy bike month, we’re thrilled to unleash our 2014 Trail Ranger team on DC’s trails and the ever growing throng of trail users. For the past three weeks they’ve been crisscrossing the city on the Met Branch, Anacostia Riverwalk, Marvin Gaye, and Suitland Parkway Trails, preparing for the work of supporting regular trail users and encouraging the hesitant to check them out After over 220 training miles on and between these trails, the five ranger team is ready for the limelight!
Trail Rangers are out on trail daily during the morning and evening rush on weekdays as well as weekends. Equipped with a host of trail information, bike tools and first aid supplies, they are always ready to lend a hand when you need it most. The team also works to maintain and improve trail corridors, ensuring that irksome glass, obstacles, and tree branches are out of your way. A regular Trail Ranger presence means smoother trail surfaces, a faster response to trail disruptions, and fewer barriers that might keep hesitant riders away.
In the coming weeks, we will introduce our enthusiastic and talented ranger team and unveil our schedule of cleanup events aimed at bringing trail users and neighbors together to keep DC’s trails looking great. In the meantime, if you see a green shirt pulling a yellow trailer, be sure to give us a wave and say hello!
You can meet some of the team and have a cup of coffee next Friday, June 13th, on the Met Branch Trail.