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1390 Piccard Drive
Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20850
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Nearly 1,000 people turned out on a hot June day for the celebration, and of the over 200 surveyed, nearly half had never been on the Metropolitan Branch Trail before. The day's events included salutes to longtime trail advocates, a bike rodeo to teach kids safe riding skills, live music along the trail, and a raffle of four bicycles donated by local shop Arrow Bicycle.

Meet the Met is just the beginning. A new listserv connecting neighbors who care about the Met Branch Trail attracted more than 100 members in its first week and a meeting is being held on July 8 to move the conversation from the online world to the real world. Even with community support, this trail faces challenges, such as littering and public safety. But the Met Branch is not alone. As part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Urban Pathways Initiative, this trail is connected to dozens of others across the nation addressing similar issues, providing a support network to learn about best practices from other cities.