Air Force Says No to Bike Commuters Through Bolling
(reprinted from the June/July 1999  Ride On! of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association)
Bicycle commuters who have been using the scenic trail that runs along the Potomac River through Bolling Air Force Base may have to find a permanent alternative starting this summer.
     Although previous base commanders have allowed cyclists through, the new commander has rejected the practice, citing Air Force "security requirements."
     The commuter route in question is a one-and-a-half-mile paved bicycle/pedestrian trail, part of a safe bicycling connection between the Oxon Cove Trail and the South Capitol Street bridge into downtown. Alternatives to the trail through Bolling involve longer and more dangerous routes, requiring bicycling on South Capitol Street - a four lane expressway with stretches of curbs and no shoulders.
    Currently, access to the Bolling trail requires a military ID or sponsorship by someone on the Base. With previous base commanders, non-affiliated bicycle commuters who wanted to use the trail could also obtain a badge for conditional access. The new base commander, however, has put a stop to this practice and will no longer allow access.
    The trail also runs through the Anacostia Naval Air Station. Conversely, the naval station continues to allow cyclists onto its portion of the trail by simply requiring the commuter to show a driver's license.
    The Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, a strong supporter of commuter use of the trail, recently requested that the commander renew the conditional access for bicycle commuters, but the commander has denied this request. WABA and the Oxon Hill Club are urging the Air Force to reconsider.

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Oxon Hill Bicycle & Trail Club
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Cyclist on Bike/Ped Trail at Bolling AFB