We're written before about DC's efforts to become a more bike-friendly city. If you are one of the millions of people hoping to make it downtown for the inauguration next week, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) wants to help you make the eco-friendly choice to ride your bike to the event. In coordination with the DC Department of Transportation, WABA will provide free valet bike parking services at two locations downtown on January 20th...
The bike valets will be located on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial and on 16th Street, NW, between I and K Streets. Both sites are within walking distance of the Inaugural festivities and will be open from 7 am to 5 pm. A limited number of commemorative valet claim checks and spoke cards will be available.
The sidewalks on all bridges over the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers should be open to bicyclists and pedestrians, and the Memorial Bridge will be dedicated to bicyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists coming from Arlington, Alexandria, Southeast and Southwest DC can use the valet station at the Jefferson Memorial, while riders from the north can use the station at 16th and K Streets, NW.
Volunteers will help staff the valet parking and the Dero Bike Rack Company of Minnesota will supply the specially designed, American-made 'event racks' free of charge. In the event of extreme weather, the valets will be closed, but the unattended bike parking racks will still be available for use.
For more information, including tips on the safest routes to the bike valet locations, please visit WABA's special Inaugural web page.