- (Photo: flickr/volcrano)
Yesterday Randall Myers of the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council shared a document about how pedestrians and bicyclists have used the eight-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail over the last two years. Since July of 2010, Met Branch has kept track of how many people pass along the trail on an hourly basis through an automated trail counter, which gives us some fun data to consider.
You can see the smoothness and beauty of the Met Branch in this clip here:
The Met Branch experiences peak popularity during the weekdays around rush hour, the data shows, and accommodated more than 11,500 people on average every month in 2011 and more than 125,000 annual users. More than 400 people use the trail every day, on average.
The demonstrated trail use is encouraging after the concern over crime last summer. Last fall, the Met Branch seemed to have shaken off the bad memories, although late last month, the D.C. police reported what appeared to be "a robbery involving three suspects. A shot was fired at the victim, and he was grazed but thankfully not seriously injured. It happened at 3rd and T Sts. about 6:15 [p.m.]" Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, decried a lack of commitment to the trail in multiple ways this week at Greater Greater Washington: "Now its future is threatened at both ends: in the north from the Montgomery County Executive's short-sighted budget decisions, in the south by the District's laissez-faire protection of trail users."
With 11,000 people a month traveling the Met Branch last year, it's clearly an investment worth protecting. See Randall Myers' trail data here: