City Desk

Inaugural Bike Valet Station RSVPs May Be Sign of Bike-pocalypse

Update: How to Use the Inaugural Bike Valet

WABA program-assistant Henry Mesias, who has provided City Desk with all sorts of timely scoops regarding the free bike valet service the association will offer on Inauguration Day, says the non-profit is fully prepared for a "bikepocalypse."  And why might he predict one?  Around this time last week, the organization had received some 650 RSVPs, whereas, by yesterday, it had received over 1,100 (a jump of 450 cyclists).

Considering RSVPs aren't required, and the inauguration is still seven days away, you can bet there will be more than eleven-hundred two-wheelers rolling into stations on Jan. 20. (Back in December, WABA imagined there would be a max of just a thousand.) No sweat. WABA can handle it. "We're prepared for the worst, I best," Mesias says.

Not only is the group ready for the worst-er- best, they're ready to supply the multitudes who stream into one of two (plans for a third were scrapped) stations–located north and south of the National Mall respectively– with snazzy commemorative claim tickets and spoke cards. The spoke card design is pictured below.

Photo by Decadent

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  • Darrow Montgomery

    What happens to bikes locked up outside these areas?

    Any Insights?

  • Dave

    Yeah that's a great question. What if I lock up my own bike to a pole or a tree or something? Will something happen to my bike?

  • Rend Smith


    Definitely a good question. Mesias said that "[without a bike 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." But don't know for sure. I'll ask around.

  • Eric

    As long as you are outside of the secure area you can lock your bike up whereever you want. You just wont have someone watching it. Nor will you get a cool spoke card and valet ticket.

  • Dave

    Dude... if the Secret Service cuts my bike lock I'm going to be super pissed. Can they do that? I'm not asking from a legal standpoint - the Secret Service can do just about anything they please legally - but from a practical standpoint. Do Secret Service agents go around carrying U-Lock cutting equipment?

  • Rend Smith
  • http://washingtonpost benita berman

    how do you make a reservation?