Meet Kalli, our new Capital Trails Coalition Manager!

Hi all! I’m Kalli Krumpos and I’m so excited to join WABA as the new Capital Trails Coalition Manager. I’ll be working with the Capital Trails Coalition and our broader community to help create an equitable, connected trail network across the region.

I’m motivated to complete the trail network because it’s such a valuable resource for the people who live, work, and travel through our region. Our trails represent opportunities for community building: connecting neighbors, businesses, and services around trails while also providing a space for camaraderie among trail users. I look forward to applying my experiences in strategic planning, project management, advocacy, and community engagement to help people of all ages and abilities access trails, expand and connect the trail network, and improve and maintain existing trails.

Before coming to WABA, I strengthened my project management and strategic planning skills in management consulting with Guidehouse where I worked with U.S. Government agencies to plan and implement complex projects. I previously worked to advance child, family, and education policies across the country with Council for a Strong America where I focused on membership engagement, policy campaigns, and project management.

My experiences thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and biking across the country to support affordable housing with Bike & Build also inform my perspective about the importance of creating accessible, inclusive, and safe trails. Those experiences taught me how powerful it can be to have a group of people working together around a common goal and I am inspired to help our trails be a resource for our communities while also helping to build an on-trail community for all. I am so thrilled to join WABA and the Capital Trails Coalition and am looking forward to jumping in.

Please reach out at kalli.krumpos@waba.org or 202-964-5266 if you would like to get more involved, have any questions, or if you’d just like to chat about your experiences on trails!

Rock Creek Park Trail Rehab Progress Update

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the National Park Service (NPS) will host the third public meeting share updates on the construction progress made and outline what is coming in the next phase of the Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail and Pedestrian Bridge project. DDOT will continue to rehabilitate and construct more the 3.7 miles of the paved, multi-use trail, which span Wards 1 through 4 from M Street in Georgetown to Broad Branch Road NW.

What:         Public Meeting #3

When:        June 15, 20226:30 to 7:30 pm

Where:       (Online) rebrand.ly/RockCreekParkTrail3

Webinar Number: 2309 105 2939

Webinar Password: June15!

Dial-in:       Dial-in Option (audio only): 1-202-860-2110. Access Code: 2309 105 2939. The Webex system will prompt you for an Attendee ID, this is not required. Press the # key to join the meeting.

Accessibility:    ASL interpreters will be available. The meeting will be recorded, and captions will be added before it is posted on the website.

To learn more about the project, visit the project website.

Do You  Need Assistance to Participate?

If you need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at (202) 671-2829 or Cesar.Barreto@dc.gov 72 hours in advance of the meeting. If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at (202) 671-2620 or Karen.Randolph@dc.gov 72 hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

Military Road Bike/Pedestrian Trail Study Public Meeting

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with DDOT, is hosting a virtual public meeting from 6:30PM to 7:30PM on May 24, 2022 to present a proposed pedestrian and bicycle trail study along Military Road within Rock Creek Park.

The project looks to provide a safe and efficient east-west pedestrian and bicycle connection through Rock Creek Park that will function for all users. The proposed connection will be between Oregon Avenue NW and 16th Street NW and will provide connections to the existing trail network within the park.

Link to the virtual meeting is HERE.

Let’s build more trails!

Something incredible happened this year: the unveiling of a wider, better, more welcoming section of our region’s beloved Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

The new dual trail gives people room to bike, jog, push strollers, walk their dogs, and take a breath of fresh air. It raises the bar on what a safe and accessible trail should be.

Now: imagine that the W&OD connects to 836 more miles of biking and walking trails that allow you to bike the entire region without ever riding on a street with motor vehicle traffic.  Together, we can make this a reality.

When the 881-mile Capital Trails Network is complete, four million people in our region will live within two miles of a trail.

This year, WABA launched a report proving that the Capital Trails Network will pay for itself again and again: improving trail access, reducing carbon emissions and car trips, and creating green jobs. We’re shouting from the rooftops that trails are the best transportation investment we can make— and our elected officials are listening! We’ve won support from four jurisdictions and counting to complete the 881-mile Capital Trails Network by 2030.

In 2022 we’re going to keep up this momentum and build even more political will to get these trails built. Here’s to a new year of gorgeous trail rides and walks!

Capital Trails Coalition: Bike Tour of Planned Trail Projects in Alexandria

Register Cost Location

The City of Alexandria currently has 16.1 miles of paved, multi-use trails! There are 3.6 miles of planned trails across the City to complete the envisioned network. Join us for a ride to explore two planned trail projects and discuss what stage of development they are in: 

1) Four Mile Run – Potomac Yards Connector: A small .1 mile connection that will connect the Four Mile Run Trail in Potomac Yard to the Potomac Avenue Buffered Bike Lane. This project is in Arlington County but serves as a key connection across jurisdictions.

2) The Beauregard Trail: A 1.8 mile connection between Lucky Run Trail and Holmes Run Trail. This shared-use path will provide a much needed North/South trail connection in the area.

We will also discuss the planned Backlick Run Trail, but we will not have time to visit the segment.  

Check out our full schedule of events at waba.org/fun.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

This ride is for you if:

You like to bike, walk, run, or recreate on any of Alexandria’s bike paths or trails.

You would like to learn about the Capital Trails Coalition’s vision for Alexandria and get an update on the status of the city’s multi-use trail projects.

You would like to learn about how to get involved with the CTC and help to bring a world-class network of multi-use trails to our region.

Ride Details

Duration: 1 hour ride + stops along the way to visit project sites and discuss their current status, hurdles and plans for the future. 

Approx. 9 miles on city streets and trails.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Interested in using a FREE Capital Bikeshare for this class? Email us at education@waba.org.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA for a refund.
  • WABA Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Ride Location

Start and End Point:

Four Mile Run Park Plaza
4121 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 232305

WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Parking recommendations: Parking is located here, directly adjacent to the plaza. Additional overflow parking is located at Frank Mann Field which is a 0.7 mi walk.  

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location off of Mt. Vernon Avenue, either at the Four Mile Run Field Parking Lot or on adjacent side streets.

MetroBus
Go multi-modal! The bus stop at the Plaza is served by buses 10A, 10B, 10E, 23A, and 23B. Not sure how to get your bike on a bus, check out our post on going multi-modal for tips and tricks.

Biking
Four Mile Run Park is right off of Four Mile Run Trail and the Four Mile Run Park Trail, accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail. There is a Capital Bikeshare station at the plaza.

Register

Capital Trails Coalition Testifies about ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan Budget

On April 15th, Fairfax County held their public hearing on the County Executive’s Proposed FY 2022 Operating & Capital Improvement Plan Budgets. This was one of three opportunities for community members to comment and testify on the proposed budget. (To read and learn more about budget hearings, visit our post about them here!)  Our Trails Coalition Manager, Stephanie Piperno, represented the CTC and testified at the hearing to verbally support adding funding for Phase Two of the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan as well as to advocate for funding working toward filling in gaps on the Arlington Boulevard Trail. 

Fairfax County is working on updating their active transportation network by combining the Bicycle Master Plan and the Countywide Trails Plan into the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan. The goal of this project is to establish and implement safe, convenient, and enjoyable streets and trails in Fairfax County for users of all ages and abilities. The ActiveFairfax Transportation plan will combine the vision for bicycling from the Bicycle Master Plan created in 2014, together with infrastructure, benefits, and highlights of the Countywide Trails Plan map that was last updated in 2018. Combined, these two plans offer the blueprint needed to create a connected and seamless network of on-street facilities and trails.

The ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan launched in the summer of 2020 and has an expected completion date of Winter 2022. It has been split into two distinct phases with Phase One including the development of a vision statement, goals, and objectives, as well as a thorough inventory and assessment of previous planning efforts and existing conditions. The development of a Systematic Safety Program Plan was also included in Phase One. Phase Two, and our focus, includes the development of active transportation network recommendations and facility selection toolkit, coordination with potential updates to the current Comprehensive Plan, and an implementation approach that includes policy, program, and strategies on project prioritization. Phase Two really comes down to implementation. We urged the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to fund Phase Two of the plan during this budget cycle as we do not want to see the momentum slow and the safety improvements proposed in Phase One shelved. We need these safety improvements implemented as soon as possible, especially as our region is seeing an unprecedented increase in traffic fatalities despite there being fewer cars on the road.   

Additionally, to further our mission of creating an expansive, accessible, and safe trail network, we also encouraged the completion of the Arlington Boulevard trail, as its current state—riddled with significant gaps in pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly facilities—proves to make for an unreliable route for trail users. In connecting existing trail segments and creating new sections, we can create a 22-mile trail from Fairfax City all the way to the National Mall! One major gap is in the Merrifield area where there is no trail connection over I-495 (the Capital Beltway). 

 We proposed that Fairfax County include funding in the FY 2022 budget to study the best locations for two trail crossings along the I-495—one north and one south of Arlington Boulevard. Funding this study is the first step needed to complete the Arlington Boulevard Trail. Arlington Boulevard crosses several jurisdictional lines and connects people living in adjacent neighborhoods to offices, retail, parks, schools, and government services. But, it currently lacks a consistent, safe place for people to walk and bike. The Arlington Boulevard Trail will connect dozens of neighborhoods along Arlington Boulevard which will significantly increase pedestrian and bicycle trips by the people living near the route including the 202,320 people residing within just one mile of the trail. Connecting the gaps will lead to a continuous route that will create access from the trail to 17 activity centers, 30 different schools, 20 different parks, and much more. Funding the completion of the Arlington Boulevard Trail is a no-brainer!

You can find our full testimony here

Ask your elected officials to support the Capital Trails Network!

We know that trails are good for our health, the environment, and the economy. But how good? 

The Capital Trails Coalition quantified these benefits in its recent Impact Report. Completing the 881 mile Capital Trails Network will:

  • reduce vehicles miles traveled by 49 million miles each year; 
  • generate more than $1.02 billion in economic investment each year; and 
  • save residents $517M on public health costs annually.  

We’ve got about 400 miles to go to complete the Capital Trails Network! Write to your elected officials and ask them to fund and complete the remaining top 40 priority projects identified by the Capital Trails Coalition by 2025. These priority trail projects (91 miles of trail!) will give another 231,00 residents access to trails and open space.

* Note: We know the “Title” field is all kinds of problematic! Unfortunately, the contact forms of many legislators require it, so if we don’t include it, your messages won’t go through.