A cyclist riding the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs from Union Station to Silver Spring, Md. A rash of crime has affected bikers and pedestrians on the trail in recent months.
Many bicyclists use this trail to commute to work from Silver Spring, Md. into D.C. (The trail ends at Union Station.) But patrols have been posted on the trail this morning due to another rash of robberies.
There was an incident last Friday where a pedestrian was held up at gunpoint at 3rd and R Streets NE. The robber asked the man for the time of day, and when the man checked his iPhone, the man showed a handgun and robbed the man of his wallet and his phone.
There was another robbery yesterday morning, and that is in addition to five incidents that occurred on the trail between May 5 and June 5.
Cyclist Rachel Peterson, who was riding on the trail this morning, says it's cause for concern.
"Generally I ride my bike in the morning, and I never thought there was any danger to it. I carry things with me, so that not very settling to me," she says.
The Guardian Angels are patrolling this morning until 9 a.m., and that organization will now start patrols twice a week in the mornings and evenings.