Please join us on Saturday, August 4, for our 12th annual 10K run, starting and finishing at Centennial Park, 131 Church Street NE, Vienna VA, near the old red caboose. Vendors and exhibitors open at 4:00 PM. Pre-race packet pick-up opens at 4:15 PM. Pre-race announcements and introduction of dignitaries at 5:40 PM, National Anthem at 5:55 PM, race starts at 6:00 PM, awards presentation at 7:15 PM, vendors and exhibitors close at 8:00 PM. Meet live snakes at NOVA Parks’ exhibit, visit our exhibitors, enjoy our race, and join us for our post-race picnic.
• Annual Meeting and Picnic in July
The Friends of the W&OD once again plans to hold its annual general meeting and picnic at the Trail office, located at 21293 Smiths Switch Station in Ashburn, on July 14th from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. All are invited to stop by for a (cost-free) bite to eat and/or the opportunity to chat with — or, perhaps, to express some concern to — members of our organization, NOVA Parks Trail authorities, fellow users. We look forward to meeting, speaking, & dining with you!
• Scheduled repaving in Leesburg
A repaving of the stretch of the W&OD Trail which extends from the Leesburg Bypass bridge (near Loudoun County High School) down to Cochran Mill Road is scheduled to commence on or around June 7th. While detours will be set up for the duration of the construction and workers will be stationed to guide Trail users through the affected area, the exercise of caution remains prudent. Should weather permit, this work will be completed in a couple of weeks; your patience during this period is appreciated. Please contact the Trail office at (703) 729-0596 if you have questions.
• Help support needed improvements on the W&OD Trail
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is seeking public input on its 2018-2023 Six Year Program. Included among the proposals is a NOVA Parks project to enhance the W&OD in Falls Church with separate paved trails for walking and biking. These trails will help to relieve congestion, to enhance both walking and biking to Metrorail, and to make the Trail safer. Since a greater number of projects is proposed than can realistically be funded, your public expression of support for the initiative carries weight and helps to secure the resources for a critically needed improvement to the Trail. You may submit your comments to NVTA by May 20, 2018 by clicking on this link. In addition, on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m., NVTA will host a presentation and public hearing regarding the proposal at its offices. Location: 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22031.
• Reston BioBlitz – 6/2/18
The Reston Association has scheduled on June 2nd its first annual BioBlitz, for which event it seeks the assistance of specialists willing to help to identify in Reston as many species as possible. In accord with the preference of each specialist, volunteer experts using iNaturalist will record data identifying either specific or multiple taxa. Those interested are asked to contact Patricia Pearl Greenberg, the Reston Association’s environmental resource supervisor, through this link.
• Do you have a green thumb that, from time to time, you would like to place in the service of a good cause? If so, a group of volunteers seeks your assistance with the maintenance of two native plant butterfly gardens that are located along the Trail (near mileage marker 8) across the street from one another on Lee Highway (near the Econo Lodge Metro). Each, as the picture below of one of them illustrates, has been planted beneath a prominent sign.
You are invited to weed in either — or both — of these gardens at your leisure, or you may contact the primary gardener in order to arrange a time to work directly with others.
• Click here to access the final report from the working group assembled in 2014 to address safety issues on the W&OD Trail.
• Click here to access Bikeablebrews’ convenient list of the craft brew establishments that are located near the Trail.
• Flashing beacons at Belmont Ridge Road
In an effort to allow Trail users to cross more safely an increasingly busy roadway, rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) are installed at Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. These beacons are activated “on demand” by a large button readily accessible to both pedestrians and mounted cyclists (note the tip of the red arrow in the photo below). The choice of this sort of beacon for the intersection is well taken: studies conducted in other locations have indicated that drivers are four times as likely to yield to opposing traffic when warning signals are not continuously flashing.