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The eight-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail is known for routing bicyclists through cityscapes and green spaces. It runs from Union Station in downtown D.C. to Silver Spring along the former tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

But there have been four attacks there recently, police say, including assaults and robberies. The latest incident happened last week when two men tried to taser a bicyclist.

"It's scary...I'm a woman. It's really scary," says bicyclist Theresa Owens. "I've heard of things like this happening on trails in Virginia, but this is the city. We need to go places, we need to be safe."

Police have not determined whether the attacks are related.

Some cyclist groups have started forming "bicycling buddy" groups, which arrange for multiple cyclists to meet at Union Station together to head out onto the trail, Greater Greater Washington reports.


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