A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Joint Bolling-Anacostia Base Master Plan of 2010 and the District Council's displeasure with it because, among other reasons,
the new master plan doesn't increase public access to the 3.3 miles of riverfront that the base covers, like the Navy Yard has
What I failed to mention that this wasn't always the case. Until 1999 bike commuters could use this trail to pass through.
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.
Although previous base commanders have allowed cyclists through, the new commander has rejected the practice, citing Air Force "security requirements."
The Naval Air station did not close it's trail in 1999, but did at some point (anyone know when) later. Maybe it would be possible to reinstate this system - at least until the South Capitol Street Trail is open. Surely there is a new commander there by now, and technically, it's all a Navy installation since the merger. Everyone knows the Navy is cooler than the Air Force, right? [Flattery...]