The Metropolitan Branch Trail will celebrate the grand opening of its New York Ave - Rhode Island Ave segment on June 5, 2010.
The trail runs from Silver Spring station to Union Station and runs along Third Street NW in the Manor Park neighborhood. The trail is well situated for getting residents of Brightwood and its surroundings to Union Station and various neighborhoods of the District that might otherwise be difficult to reach via bicycle.
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The opening of the New York Ave - Rhode Island Ave segment has been eagerly awaited because it will provide a straight shot for cyclists between the RI Ave and New York Ave Metro stations. Currently, getting between those two points requires winding through the residential streets of Eckington (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), or biking up RI to Brentwood Rd. NE and then hitting NY Ave (not the most pleasant riding conditions on those streets).
Biking though NE DC is about to get a whole lot easier.