A group called “2 Million Bikers to DC” organized a large 9/11 memorial bike ride, with a planned route they call fairly typical of DC rides. However, their permit was denied, and the bikers are coming anyway. The ride is to honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the men and women of our armed forces.
Although the bikers say they plan to follow all applicable laws and traffic regulations, you may want to be prepared for some traffic disruption this Wednesday.
UPDATE: DCRA reports, “To clarify: No special event permit for this event was submitted to our office…A special event permit covers a single location (e.g., Truckeroo) or a few specific blocks (e.g., Adams Morgan Festival). What the organizers appear to have wanted is a parade permit. Those generally go through MPD and/or NPS. “
It’s unclear to whom the permit application referenced by the group was submitted, but they may have applied to the National Park Service and/or the Metropolitan Police Department.
UPDATE 2: We’ve confirmed that the permit was denied by the National Park Service due to resource issues.
From their Facebook page:
Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National “2 Million Bikers to DC” Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.
The National Team fully expected our permit to be rejected, and have already drafted a Plan-B. That Plan-B will be posted a little later today once the final details have been bolted down.
We know that California and Texas riders had kicks stands up yesterday. Many other western states have kickstand up today and throughout the weekend.
RIDERS: You are true, blue Patriots and we salute you for your participation in this event! Many of you have taken time off of work to be here. You have freely given of your time, your funds, and your bikes to ride shoulder to shoulder in this event. You have have left your families and your jobs to be here. Those of us who ride come from different clubs, chapters, and organizations. Some of us ride with family and friends and some ride alone. But on September 11th, we ride as one!! We ride to pay tribute and offer respect to those that lost their lives on that day 12 years ago, and to salute our troops engaged in the War on Terror. Riders!…we are the best of the best in America!! Our love for these people and this country is staggering, and we will make a display of Patriotism and solidarity America won’t soon forget!!
Riders!…we lift you up to the Lord and pray that His hand and divine protection will ride with you all.
Rubber side down, brothers! See you Wednesday morning!!