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Community Responds To Vicious Attack On D.C. Bike Path

Cycling advocates have called on police to more actively patrol the Metropolitan Branch Trail, where cyclists and pedestrians have been attacked.
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Cycling advocates have called on police to more actively patrol the Metropolitan Branch Trail, where cyclists and pedestrians have been attacked.

On Tuesday afternoon, a cyclist was attacked and beaten by a group of at least 15 juveniles as he pedaled home on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an eight-mile-long bike path connecting D.C. to Silver Spring. Now cycling advocates, police and residents are responding.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Ward 5 ANC Commissioner Tim Clark have announced that they will meet at the entrance of the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. and take part in a safety walk. Another walk hosted by the Edgewood Civic Association and joined by police and the Guardian Angels will take place on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

"We understand that the continuing string of violent incidents on the Met Branch is a significant deterrent to use of the trail. However, more eyes, not less, are one way to make the trail safer. We’ll continue to work with the Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation to ensure that the trail is under surveillance. And we’ll continue to push for the completion of the Met Branch, so that more people are able to use it—thus creating an even stronger alliance of eyes on the street," said WABA in a blog posting on its website.

This isn't the first time that crimes have been reported along the trail—after a spate of incidents in 2011, the Guardian Angels took to patrolling parts of the trail. The group also patrolled in April 2012.

Cycling advocates have long called on police to better patrol the trail.

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