Sensors track the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who use the Mount Vernon Trail every day to help the National Park Service identify transportation needs, according to a Washington Postarticle. As part of a research project, the National Academy of Sciences planted the sensors along the 18.1 mile trail, collecting data on the number of people that use it daily.
Speaking of the Mount Vernon Trail, don't forget that there will beperiodic closures this week. NRG Energy is doing some work near mile marker 11, so use the alternate trail in front of the power plant by Bashford Lane and E. Abingdon Drive. The alternate route will meet up with the Mount Vernon Trail on the north side of the plant. The work should be all finished by Sept. 6.