For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Shane Farthing
Phone: 202-518-0524 x. 205
Washington Area Bicyclist Association Highlighting Need for Trail Safety and Showing Support for the Purple Line
This Saturday, April 23,from 10am to 2pm, WABA Executive Director Shane Farthing and Board Member Casey Anderson, along with WABA staff and volunteers, will be in Bethesda highlighting the need for trail users to share the trail safely as the weather warms and usage increases. WABA Vice President Martin Moulton will be sharing similar information with cyclists near the Georgetown trailhead. This outreach effort was inspired by an October CCT stakeholder meeting convened by Montgomery County councilmember Roger Berliner, who asked all stakeholder groups to communicate to their members and constituents the need for civility and safety on the trail.
WABA will be providing safety information and bicycle bells—which allow cyclists to give audible warnings to slower-moving trail-users when passing. But WABA will also be meeting with trail users to explain the organization’s longstanding support of the Purple Line and affiliated trail. “The overall goal is to improve the trail network so that Bethesda, Silver Spring, and downtown DC are all interconnected with quality cycling facilities,” explains Executive Director Shane Farthing, “and the Purple Line with accompanying trail presents the best, and perhaps the only, way to make that happen.”
As longtime advocates for the CCT, WABA supports trail improvements that would allow the trail to serve the broadest number of users, as well as improvements that would facilitate functional transportation along the trail. Currently, the trail is unpaved gravel between Bethesda and Silver Spring, and, as a result, is significantly less frequented than the paved section between Bethesda and Georgetown.
Trail safety tips for cyclists:
• Ride right, pass left.
• Signal audibly when passing.
• Yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.
• Be sure there is space to pass safely before attempting to pass.
• Beware of dogs and their leashes.
• Children may lack the coordination to keep in a straight line. Pass carefully.
• Stop at stop signs, and ensure that it's safe to proceed before crossing roadways.
And trail safety tips for non-cyclists sharing a multi-use trail with cyclists:
• Walk on the right, and allow room for faster travelers to pass on the left.
• Be sufficiently aware of your surroundings to hear an audible warning.
• Know that "On Your Left" is a common audible warning by a bicyclist that means "I am passing you on your left." It does not mean you should move to the left.
• Keep pets controlled and on a leash.
For more information, see www.waba.org/blog
About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association:
Established in 1972, WABA is a local non-profit dedicated to creating a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling. For more information about the Washington Area Bicyclist Association visit http://www.waba.org or call 202-518-0524.