Testing Out the Bike Valet Service
A man with a Nationals badge approached me and my husband as we stood at the bike rack located outside of the Center Field Gate and suggested that we try the new bike valet service.
Dedicated bikers with enough locks to keep even a detachable basket permanently affixed to a bike, we declined his offer and went about our cumbersome, but worthwhile ritual of locking our bikes to the rack, to each other's bike and to anything else we could find.
As we finished the time-consuming process, another staff member approached us and suggested we try the bike valet. We looked at each other, looked at the bikes and figured there was no better time to try the service than now.
We unlocked our bikes and walked around the corner to the bike valet "lot" located in Garage C at the corner of First & N Streets. While my husband filled out the claim card, I fumbled with the locks to my bike, certain that we would at least lock them inside the bike valet cage, but the valet attendants assured us it wasn't necessary. I nervously handed over the bike to the young man and walked away, sure the process was in some way flawed and ultimately not worth our while.
Well, I was wrong.
At the end of the game, we walked to the garage and collected our bikes. There was no fumbling with a u-lock in the dark as crowds of baseball fans pushed by us, and there was no need to scan our bikes for missing accessories such as blinking lights and speedometers. We simply got our on bikes and headed home.
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