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The Trail Rangers will patrol the Metropolitan Branch Trail and other bike paths in D.C.
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The Trail Rangers will patrol the Metropolitan Branch Trail and other bike paths in D.C.

Starting next Monday, walkers and riders who use any of the bicycle and pedestrian trails in the District will be getting a helping hand.

If you're powerwalking or riding your bike on the Metropolitan Branch Trail next week and you're approached by a bicyclist wearing a bright green t-shirt that says "Rangers" on it. Don't worry—they're there to help.

"Basically what we're looking to do is improve trail conditions for everyone who's using [them], whether walking or biking," says Garrett Hennigan, who's with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association.

As part of a $100,000 D.C. grant, the group's Trail Rangers will patrol the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia Riverwalk and Suitland Parkway—in fact, they'll be present on all the trails managed by the city.

"We'll have riders out on the trail, morning rush hour, evening rush hour, seven days a week. Helping riders, answering questions and reporting maintenance problems. They'll be carrying trailers full of bike tools and everything they need to help a rider in distress, First Aid kits bike pumps," he says.

They'll even conduct cleanup days in an effort to give these neglected trails some much needed TLC, adds Hennigan.

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