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Federal, county, city governments come together to celebrate Anacostia River Trail
Video courtesy of MORE member Jim Bole.
Despite the rancor in Congress over funding for bicycling and walking projects, bicycling trails and on-road facilities are exceedingly popular. If you want to see evidence of the popularity of bicycling projects, just attend a ribbon cutting.
It was great to see the turn-out on Friday when representatives from federal agencies, Maryland and the District of Columbia came together to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Anacostia River Trail at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, part of the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors program.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley praises the new Anacostia River Trail as DC Mayor Vincent Gray, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Maryland's US Senator Ben Cardin look on.
Officials in attendance included:
Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation
John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, EPA
Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
Ben Cardin, United States Senator for Maryland
Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County Executive
Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service