Monday, November 21, 2011
Notes: "Giving Thanks 5k" event from 8 AM - 10 AM. The 5k runs from approximately the Vienna Train Station out to Clarks Crossing Park then returning to the station. About 400 people expected for this event.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
occurred on October 8th 2011 around 1pm on the WOD trail . Behind Firestation number 6 on Falls church. Just past lee hwy (around mile 6 on the trail)
I spent several days in the hospital as a result of the accident. I do not remember the accident at all and I am hoping to find a witness that can help me piece together what happened then.
email_adr = firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Request for Witnesses to Bicycle vs. Car
Hit and Run Crash
On September 29, 2011 at approximately 3:45 p.m. a white colored Honda
Civic bearing Maryland license plates struck a juvenile bicyclist at the
intersection of Maple Avenue, SE and the Washington and Old Dominion
The bicyclist sustained minor injuries but the striking motorist fled from the
scene. The driver of the vehicle that fled is described only as a Hispanic
Anyone with any information regarding this crash is asked to contact MPO
Sheeran at email@example.com or 703-255-7826.
For further information please contact:
MPO Bill Murray- Town of Vienna Police Department
Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-255-6396
See Something? Say Something! Help Police Fight Crime.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Loudon HS
Notes: Paws 4 People Puppy Prance & Canine Carnival sponsored by Paws 4 People Foundation. Section of trail to be used is from Loudoun County High School (mile marker 35.5 near bridge) to Foxridge Park. At most a one mile dog walk event. Approx 150 people for this event.
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Vienna-Clark's Xing
Notes: Walk for Growing Hope" sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna. It is a walk from the Vienna Town Green out to Clark's Crossing and returning to the Town Green. Approx 250 participants for this event.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
been moved from the C & O Canal as a two day, 184 mile ride to
a one day ride on the W & OD Trail.
Starting times will be staggered from 7:30 to 2:00, and leave from the Herndon Station parking lot.
Riders will be doing 20, 50, and 90 mile rides.
Rest/water stops will be in Bon Air, Herndon, Leesburg, and Purcillville.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Date: Saturday August 27, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Wiehle-Hunter Mill
Notes: Civil War Hike. Monthly hike of Civil War reenactors from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill Road. Time of event is from 9 AM to 5 PM. Approx one dozen hikers for this event.
Hail the Trail, part of Dominion Power's Trail Mix, will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 10 different locations along the W&OD trail. Volunteers are needed to support the 'Park Station' Hail the Trail site in Vienna. Volunteers will meet at the Vienna Community Center and help remove trash and invasive species. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt! The first 100 volunteers on site will receive a free pastry courtesy of Vienna Fresh Market. Visit Dominion Trail Mix ( http://bit.ly/rafX9Z )for more information. To register as a Hail the Trail participant, visit: http://bit.ly/qnj6dk.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: W&OD Leesburg-Reston
Notes: Approximately 1200 riders start at Reston Town Center. The portion of the W&OD used for this event is from Grace Street in Herndon to Ashburn Road (westbound leg) and returning from Leesburg to Reston Town Center via trail in its entirety (eastbound leg).
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This picture, looking westward, shows the new intersection with Maple Avenue in Purcellville. The gravel bed coursing leftwards will be the new trail. On the other side, an identical alteration is in process with result that the trail will cross Maple Avenue at a right angle.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
If you are interested in becoming a member you should attend. This session gives a basic overview of what the Trail Patrol is and what it does. Please let the training coordinator know if you are going to attend. Contact: Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator, Dirck_H55@verizon.net
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: intersection of W&OD & Sandburg St - Vienna
Notes: All new patroller trainees are encouraged to attend.
If you have questions or want to sign up contact Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator Dirck_H55@verizon.net
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Trail at Maple Avenue, and will shortly thereafter continue along the east side of North Maple Avenue. Daytime temporary traffic flaggers and short period closures can be expected during construction. Detours will be provided for users of the W&OD Trail around longer term work areas in the area of Maple Avenue. The improvements will include the installation of a 10FT wide multi-use asphalt trail along the east side of North Maple Avenue and connect pedestrian and cyclist access from East
Main Street to Loudoun Valley High School and the W&OD Trail. The improvements will also include the realignment of the W&OD Trail as it intersects North Maple Avenue and provide a safer more perpendicular crossing. Total construction time from start to finish is anticipated to take approximately three months.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
|Reminder from:||WODtrailpatrol Yahoo! Group|
|Date:||Saturday June 18, 2011|
|Time:||8:30 am - 9:30 am|
|Location:||Vienna - Sandburg St|
|Notes:||Orientation for new Trail Patrol members will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 18th, at the intersection of the W&OD and Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring. Bring a chair or something to sit on. The session should last about an hour.No need to bring anything except pen and paper if you want to take a note or two. Contact: Dirck Harris, Patrol Training Coordinator, Dirck_H55@....|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
NVRPA Board of Directors â€“ City of Alexandria: David M. Pritzker, Justin Wilson; Arlington County: Paul Ferguson, Michael Nardolilli; Fairfax County: Jean R. Packard, Stella Koch; City of Fairfax: Brian Knapp, Arthur F. Little; City of Falls Church: Jeffrey Tarbert, Barry D. Buschow; Loudoun County: Joan G. Rokus, Su Webb (Chairman).
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
From: http://www.thewashcycle.com/Cyclist-Runner crash on the W&OD
Someone wrote in with this eyewitness account and it is reminder that pedestrians have the right-of-way on the trail and it is critical that we, as cyclists, treat them with great deference.
I witnessed a crash on the W&OD this morning. A cyclist rear-ended a runner. I was riding my bike and was catching the cyclist at the time and saw what happened very clearly. The cyclist was at fault. She just rear-ended the runner, who was in the middle of the trail. I told her it was her fault, to which she replied, "he was in the middle of the trail." I said, "and so were you." Though he was in the middle of the trail, she had plenty of space to pass. In fact, she was right on the orange line in the middle when she hit him. Cyclist and runner fell. Runner had cuts/scrapes on hand and no other injuries. Cyclist was fine so far as I could tell. I stayed around only long enough to make sure there were no injuries and to tell the cyclist (not so nicely I am afraid) that it was definitely her fault and she needs to be more careful. I am afraid I could have been nicer to her and maybe she wouldn't have been so defensive. I told her that as a cyclist I'd like to support her, but I really couldn't because it was clearly her fault. I don't know whether she gave an audible warning that she was going to pass. I didn't hear any and I was close, so if she did it was faint. In any event the runner didn't move right (which he said he always does). She just plowed down the middle of the path anyway. It happened on a long straight part of the W&OD through Falls Church where we could see the runner for a long time. There was no other traffic and the runner did not deviate from running a straight line.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Weight Watchers of Leesburg 5k. 65 participants expected.
Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Leesburg & Vienna
Great Strides Leesburg & Great Strides Vienna. 500 people participating in each event (1000 total)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Time: 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Thousands of area commuters will participate in the annual Bike to Work Day event. Many of those will be on the W&OD Trail. Several of the ride's "pit stops" are located along the W&OD Trail; including Reston, Herndon, Vienna and Merrifield. For more information on pit stop locations, please go to www.waba.org.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The electronic sign at the eastern end of the 495 overpass construction was changed to read "CAUTION ZOMBIES AHEAD". While I looked for zombies, I did not see them. Sorry about the quality of the photo. It was the best I could do with my cell phone. However, ABC chanel 7 was there interviewing trail users and looking to film the zombies.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Location: Reston Town Center
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration open
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ride
12:00 p.m. Closing ceremony at Reston Town Center Pavilion
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cyclefest open
ROUTE: Start at Reston Town Center Pavilion
The ride includes 10, 20, and 1/2 Century +2 mile options.
About 250 participants expected
2) Cycle Fest
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: "Cyclefest" will be occuring at Reston Town Center in conjunction with "Paul's Ride for Life".
3) Walk-Run-Ride for Life
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Ashburn at Smith Swtich Station
"Walk / Run / Ride for Life" event from 8 AM to 11 AM.
Approx. 100 participants for this event sponsored by the Assist Pregnancy Center. Participants will enter the trail at Cedar Lane heading west towards Smith Switch rest area, then return to Vienna (Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church).
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: This features Lorenzo Alexander from the Washington Redskins and will begin at Reston Town Center; riders heading out to Leesburg, then returning to RTC. Approximately 150 people for this event
2--Hunter Mill Walk
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Hunter Mill Rd - Wiehle Ave
Notes: The monthly gathering of the Civil War reenactors will be hiking from Wiehle Avenue to Hunter Mill Road. About 12 hikers maximum for this event.
Friday, March 25, 2011
from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190 (703) 698-8808
If interested in joining the Trail Patrol sign up at http://www.wodfriends.org/
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: American Legion Lodge Post 130, 400 North Oak Street, Falls Church, VA
A 5k run will be held on the W&OD Trail in Falls Church in honor of Walter L. Mess. The start and finish of the race will be located at the American Legion Post.
Walter Mess, a founding member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Falls Church city resident and long-time park supporter, Mess was appointed to the NVRPA Board as an original representative from the City of Falls Church in 1958.The run, sponsored by the Friends of the W&OD Trail will honor Mess and his extensive involvement with the community. Proceeds from the run will benefit FOWOD and local charities.To register or get more run information, visit www.mc-coop.org or call 703-927-4833. Registration forms are also available at the City library, 120 N. Virginia Ave., and Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
As Jeff has noted new pavement is being laid between Hunter Mill Road and Vienna. Today they were paving between miles 13 and 12.5 so there's just a little way to go. But then the gravel shoulders have yet to be laid.
The fountain at Sunset Hills Road (near Mile Marker 16) is now operational.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
In this issue
Construction activities along the Trail
Upcoming Events on the W&OD
W&OD Trail Comments/Suggestions
About the Friends of the W&OD
The Friends of the W&OD (aka FOWOD) are a volunteer affiliate of the popular Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, which is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA). The purpose of FOWOD is to support and enhance the Trail and its multiple uses as a recreational, environmental and historic resource through fund-raising, promotion, research, educational programming and maintenance.
FOWOD meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except on holidays) at the Vienna Community Center; located at 120 Cherry Street SE Vienna, VA 22180. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and conclude no later than 9:00 PM.
For more information or to join FOWOD, please call (703) 729-0596 or go to the FOWOD website at www.wodfriends.org.
FOWOD Board Officers
President - Roger Neighborgall
Vice President - Pat Turner
Treasurer - David Jackino
Corresponding Secretary - Peter Straub
Recording Secretary - Jay Wind
Webmaster - Bill McCarthy
FOWOD Board Members
Anne Pastorkovich (Trail Patrol Representative)
B.J. Silvey (Trail Patrol President & Representative)
Upcoming Meeting Dates....
Interested in becoming a member of the Trail Patrol?Help promote safety and proper trail etiquette
Provide information and directions to trail users
Assist trail users
Call the park office at (703) 729-0596 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
Fun Places, Beautiful Spaces
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority enhances the communities of Northern Virginia and enriches the lives of their citizens through the conservation of regional, natural and cultural resources. It provides diverse regional recreational and educational opportunities, and fosters an understanding of the relationships between people and their environment.
Please visit all your Regional Parks at www.nvrpa.org
W&OD Park Staff
Karl Mohle, Park Manager
Andy Kaganowich, Park Ranger
Roger Bornt, Maintenance Supervisor
Jackie Payne, Maintenance Worker
Warm Weather Returns to the W&ODWith spring beginning on March 20th, warm weather will (hopefully) return to the W&OD Trail. When the temperature goes up, naturally more people want to get out and enjoy the trail. As a gentle reminder, here is some practical information for our patrons to consider as they utilize the trail:
Travel in the right-hand lane, move to the left lane to pass slower traffic.
Give audible warning to trail users ahead.
Move completely off the trail when you come to a stop.
Travel only at speeds safe and appropriate to trail conditions and usage.
Along with these reminders we also have these suggestions for you as you are on the trail:
Let common sense and courtesy be your guides.
If possible, use the buddy system. At a minimum, make sure someone knows that you are going out on the trail and what section you'll be using.
Stop before crossing roads; be alert to obstacles that may be hazards or impede vision.
For a more complete listing of guidelines, please go to our website at www.nvrpa.org/w&odtrail or visit our friends group website at www.wodfriends.org
Construction activities along the TrailOver the coming days and weeks, various projects will be conducted along the W&OD. The following is a list of said projects and relevant information:
The new W&OD Trail bridge over the Capital Beltway (I-495) is under construction on the north side of the existing trail bridge. The existing bridge and trail are open during construction. Trail repaving and realignment to the new bridge is scheduled to occur between March 15 - April 15, 2011. Bicyclists are asked to dismount and follow the directions of the flagmen while in these work zones. Please use caution while traveling through this area. Once the new bridge is open to trail users, which is anticipated to be on or around April 15, 2011, the old bridge and trail pavement will be removed. For more information, contact Dan Iglhaut at (703) 359-4628 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Repaving of various sections of the trail is on-going. Recently, the section of trail from Isaac Newton Square (Reston) down to Hunter Mill Road has been repaved. Other areas will include the east and west side of Route 28 bridge, the short section from Van Buren Street (Herndon) down to mile marker 19, the area around Broad Run Bridge in Ashburn (mile marker 24.5) and, lastly the area from Clark's Crossing Park down to Ayr Hill Road in Vienna. Depending on weather conditions the repaving is expected to take 2-4 weeks. Please be aware of signs/flagmen in the area and use caution while passing through these sections.
Upcoming Events on the W&OD
On Sunday March 27th, 2011, the Walter L. Mess W&OD Trail 5K Run will be held on the trail in Falls Church in honor of Mr. Mess. The start and finish of the race will be located at the American Legion Post Lodge #130, located at 400 North Oak Street in Falls Church.
A founding member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), city resident and long-time park supporter, Mr. Mess was appointed to the NVRPA Board as an original representative from the City of Falls Church in 1958. The run, sponsored by the Friends of the W&OD Trail (FOWOD) will honor Mr. Mess and his extensive involvement with the community. Proceeds from the run will benefit FOWOD and local charities. To register or get more information, visit www.mc-coop.org or call (703) 927-4833. Registration forms are also available at the City Library, 120 N. Virginia Avenue, and Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street.
On Saturday April 30th, 2011, Paul's Ride for Life will occur beginning at the Reston Town Center. This event is in conjunction with the CycleFest Expo at Reston Town Center. The bicycle ride is dedicated to Paul Rossmeissl; he passed away at age 54 from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident along the W&OD Trail. He gave the gift of life to three individuals who received his liver and both of his kidneys. This ride will benefit the Washington Regional Transplant Community. For more information or to register visit www.paulsrideforlife.org.
Bike to Work Day May 20th
Join thousands of area commuters on Friday May 20, 2011 for the annual Bike to Work Day. Learn how cycling can be a fun and healthy way to commute to work. There will be 50 regional pit stops throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Several of these pit stops are located along the W&OD Trail; including Reston, Herndon, Vienna and Merrifield. For more information on pit stop locations, please go to www.waba.org.
W&OD Trail Comments/SuggestionsPlease contact the trail office at (703) 729-0596 or via email at email@example.com if you have questions or comments about the trail. If you have suggestions for our quarterly newsletter we welcome your thoughts as well.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Took my Glider for a spin out to Purcellville today. The debris from the high winds is mostly gone. They've been clearing dead trees, vines, and such from about Cochran Mill Road. Saw the truck at work near Mile Marker 35. The picture is near Mile Marker 36.5 looking eastbound. Dominion has done a nice job.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Today I drove along Hunter Mill Rd and where it crosses the trail it appears that there's a lot of clear trail to the east toward Vienna. The section to the west where it's shady is still ice-covered with some melting in the tire tracks. I'll be glad when NVRPA gets their new snow plow later this month.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Reston Town Center
Notes: January 1st Potomac River Running conducting a 5k on the trail from Reston Town Center down to Sallie Mae / American Dream Way bridge and returning to the Town Center. About 300 participants (maximum)