2,000 Bike Valet Spots Available on Mall
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association announced that its free valet service will be able to park 2,000 bicycles near the National Mall on inauguration day. There will be two bike lots, one on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial and the other on16th Street, NW, between I and K Streets. Both sites are within walking distance of the Inaugural festivities and will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m, officials said. A limited number of commemorative valet claim checks and spoke cards will be offered to cyclists who use the valets.
According to the D.C. Department of Transportation: "The sidewalks on all bridges over the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers will 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."
In the case of extreme weather, the valets will not be present, but the bike racks will be available on a self-serve basis.
David A Nakamura
January 13, 2009; 11:04 AM ET
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