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Bike Valet Station Coming to Inauguration 2009?

Update: It's on. Find out how to use the inaugural bike valet here

The Washington Area Bicycle Association's Henry Mesias says a 2:30 meeting between the organization and the District Department of Transportation yesterday, in which plans to allow WABA to set up a bike valet station for Inauguration Day were discussed, "went well."  But he also says that the organization won't know if inauguration-goers arriving by cycle will be able to hand their vehicles over to a crew of frocked WABA volunteers, until later: A number of folks "at the top of the ladder" will have to sign off on the idea, he explains.

Mesias is hoping that, for the sake of inaugural-pedalers, the station gets approved. "Biking will be the best way to get to the inauguration," he contends, "roads are going to be out of the question and Metro will be overburdened. [Without a valet station] there might  be a lot of people parking their bikes in places they shouldn't and getting their bike locks cut by Secret Service."

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  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com Eric Pritz

    Do it! We are coming. There are so many people that have put off their plans and are not thinking...I don't want to miss this historic event. Many people will not have firm plans, and will be bringing bikes. The valet system is imperative, and the city would be completely bass-akward to make it unavailable. Whatever might seem to take higher priority (space/management/access) will be eclisped by having bikers park any and everywhere.

  • Richard Chu

    hi,

    is scooter (moped) allowed inside
    the restricted security area? i plan to
    ride my 50cc to the inauguration day 's
    events from silver spring, md

    thanks, richard

  • Rend Smith

    Jim Sebastian of DDOT says that as he understands it, "mopeds and bikes and cars are not allowed within the soft perimeter (ie south of k street)."

  • Richard

    thanks so much Rend and Jim - does
    this soft-perimeter restriction apply also
    to the sunday for the concert events?

    best, richard

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