Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bicycling and Obama - Get to the Inauguration by bike or ride 4,000 miles to D.C. from L.A.

In June 2008, I visited Montana for the first time. I joined a guided bike tour called Cycle Montana, organized by the Adventure Cycling Association. The group publishes a free online newsletter, Bike Bits, twice a month. I find fun items there I don't see anywhere else. Here's what caught my eye from the latest Bike Bits, Jan. 7. You can sign up for it here:
Bike Bits Vol. 11, No. 1, January 7, 2009 - Excerpts!

A little before noon on January 20, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. The National Mall will be packed! According to the following story, "For some people, bicycling may be an option to get close to the U.S. Capitol."

While bicycles will be prohibited within the security perimeter, the
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working on a plan with city officials to have bike valet stations available outside the security perimeter near the swearing-in ceremonies and parade route." This bike valet effort is being sponsored by America Bikes,
the national bike coalition of which Adventure Cycling is a member.
Learn more here, especially if you're attending!

My mom, Leslie Kefauver, rides her bike often in Bethesda, Maryland, and D.C. area. She might just ride her bike to the Inauguration! She is pictured here with the famous Cherry Blossom trees in the background.

Bike to D.C.!
Ryan Bowen, is taking it to the extreme by cycling 4,000 miles to the inauguration, all the way from his home in L.A.!

Bike Parking in D.C.
Where will Ryan will park his bike once he gets
to Washington? In the PDF file found via the following link, you'll
find details about a bicycle-rack design competition sponsored by
the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District of D.C. Winning
entries will win a $1,500 honorarium and a night's stay for two at
the posh Mayflower Hotel. Contest Deadline: Feb. 5

Gregg Spieler of Miami, Florida, enjoyed the cool summer of Montana on our trip this summer.