WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, January 9th, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, was joined by all of her Council colleagues for the introduction of a Sense of the Council Resolution in support of the National Park Service’s (NPS) National Capital Trail Plan. In August of last year, NPS announced a plan to construct additional trails across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to create a continuous 60-mile long bicycle beltway in the region. The Sense of the Council resolution declares the Council’s support of the plan and calls upon Mayor Bowser to work with the National Park Service to implement the plan in the District.
“The National Park Service’s plan to construct a cohesive and continuous regional bicycle trail should not only be celebrated, it should be supported to the greatest extent possible by the District government,” said Councilmember Cheh.
The National Capital Trail Plan expands upon the region’s existing trail system by connecting the gaps between trail heads, totaling about 21 miles of new construction and 3 miles of upgrades to existing NPS trails. There are currently around 100 miles of NPS paved trails in the District and about 3.5% of local commuters travel by bicycle every day.
“District residents are increasingly interested in transportation options that support the environment, promote health, and decrease traffic congestion –increasing our multi-modal infrastructure to further support cycling achieves those goals. Beyond the benefits to our existing cycling community, the trail will provide a fantastic recreational resource for those in Ward 8, where the majority of the new trail construction is planned, who want access to a safe, paved bicycle paths,” said Councilmember Cheh.