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Greenbelt
01-15-2013, 02:58 PM
I wanted to start a thread for tips, experiences, thoughts on riding to the Inauguration festivities.

I'm going to lead a shop ride down from College Park, but haven't done it before, so any advice welcome.

I'm planning to take our usual route to DC, and then try to lock up at the 16th and I street racks: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2057489

I know it's a 2nd inauguration and it'll probably be pretty cold (they're saying upper 30s with snow flurries possible), so it probably won't be as crowded downtown as four years ago. But on the other hand, the Post called me to ask about the ride the other day and mentioned it in an article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/for-many-biking-is-the-sane-way-to-get-to-inauguration/2013/01/14/f247bc3c-5b6a-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html) this morning and WashCycle kind of piled on (http://www.thewashcycle.com/2013/01/tuesday-morning-commute-dope.html), so we might have more than the usual number of people who join our weekend rides on cold January days!

Just curious about how people suggest where is best to park, meetup, see the cool stuff etc. We'll be getting downtown a little before noon, and will probably head back to College Park around 3pm to make sure we're back before dark.

-Jeff

Tim Kelley
01-15-2013, 03:28 PM
Some good general reading we've put together:

http://www.commuterpage.com/pages/inauguration-2013/

http://www.walkarlington.com/pages/news-events/walkarlingtons-tips-for-inauguration-day-on-foot/

Bilsko
01-15-2013, 05:54 PM
I'd like to try to avoid some of the madness around 16th & I, and my route is easier (from the CCT) if I come down along Rock Creek Trail by the Kennedy Center and then along Ohio Drive - like this (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2070294). I'm a bit worried that police enforcement of street closures/no-riding zones will be haphazard and inconsistent, but I figure I'll get as close as I reasonably can from the south side and lock up. As long as it doesn't get much colder than the forecasted 35, then I'll plan to put the little one in the trailer and ride with her. It would be nice to do the Penn Ave. parade, but IIRC, you have to get there really early and I dont think she'd last quite that long stuck in the same place.

Dirt
01-16-2013, 01:05 PM
I rode 4 years ago and it was pretty crazy. I got here when the WABA Valet Parking opened, left my bike and stared hiking to get to my office (Reagan Building). It took me 1 hour 45 minutes to get to the office and through security.

The challenging part is getting from north of the parade route to south of it, or the other way around. Going around takes a long, long time because lots of people have the same idea... that it would be better to see on the other side. Going through the parade route was not possible.

Honestly, I'm gonna sit this one out.

Tim Kelley
01-16-2013, 01:06 PM
Honestly, I'm gonna sit this one out. Want to go for a bike ride instead?

Dirt
01-16-2013, 01:28 PM
Want to go for a bike ride instead?
Maybe. Might go play on the mountain bike for a few hours.

Tim Kelley
01-16-2013, 01:46 PM
Maybe. Might go play on the mountain bike for a few hours.

Let me know...

Dirt
01-16-2013, 01:48 PM
Let me know...
Will do. :D

culimerc
01-16-2013, 02:54 PM
We Rode down last time from the WOD>Custis>MVT and then over Memorial bridge. We locked our bikes up near the Lincoln Memorial and walked the rest of the day. It was dead simple for us.

I may sit this years out too, but more due to the fact that I'm a wimp more than anything else.

rcannon100
01-16-2013, 03:20 PM
Personally I recommend CUSTIS > WOD (keep going west to you hit Purcellville). Probably one of the best vantage points (if you see me out there hiking with the dogs, waive hi)

jrenaut
01-16-2013, 03:23 PM
Good luck to all of you. I do not plan to go anywhere south of Florida Ave on Monday. I was 6 flights up and 40 feet away when they got out of the limo to walk the last bit of the parade in 2008 - I'll consider returning to an Inauguration in 2016 (depends who we elect).

JillBarker
01-17-2013, 10:36 AM
Thanks for the great info. I got a volunteer job for the inauguration and need to report at 7th and D SW at 5:00 a.m. I would love to ride in with others in like situation. FYI, we were told that sufficient bike racks will be installed on the south side of the mall, but I feel dubious about that. If anyone can confirm I would appreciate it.

baiskeli
01-17-2013, 01:14 PM
I rode 4 years ago and it was pretty crazy.

My wife and I road 4 years ago. It was so awesome to ride down closed bridges and the GW Parkway. Once we get into town we locked up a good distance from the crowds and walked. It worked out. Freezing cold though.

Rod Smith
01-17-2013, 05:57 PM
I worked delivering coffee donuts, box lunches to volunteers staffing two bike valet stations. This is a report I posted http://www.epicski.com/t/79342/d-c-1-20-09

It is not hard to get from north to south or vice versa if you go around the west side. 23rd street.

Rod Smith
01-17-2013, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the great info. I got a volunteer job for the inauguration and need to report at 7th and D SW at 5:00 a.m. I would love to ride in with others in like situation. FYI, we were told that sufficient bike racks will be installed on the south side of the mall, but I feel dubious about that. If anyone can confirm I would appreciate it.

Where are you riding in from? If you have a u-lock, a parking meter makes a great bike rack. You should be able to find a secure place to park.

JillBarker
01-18-2013, 10:06 AM
Great report. Thanks.

JillBarker
01-18-2013, 10:08 AM
I'll be parking , my car in Rosslyn and bike riding over TR bridge, I think, and then to Independence to 7th and D. Thanks for the confidence that I'll be able to park it securely.

Greenbelt
01-18-2013, 10:14 AM
I worked delivering coffee donuts, box lunches to volunteers staffing two bike valet stations. This is a report I posted http://www.epicski.com/t/79342/d-c-1-20-09

It is not hard to get from north to south or vice versa if you go around the west side. 23rd street.

Great blog.

Bilsko
01-18-2013, 10:34 AM
I worked delivering coffee donuts, box lunches to volunteers staffing two bike valet stations. This is a report I posted http://www.epicski.com/t/79342/d-c-1-20-09

It is not hard to get from north to south or vice versa if you go around the west side. 23rd street.

This is why I'm planning on riding along Ohio Dr. and up from the South:

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/IMG_1375.jpg

vvill
01-18-2013, 11:13 AM
So bridges and parts of GW Parkway are closed to traffic but open to biking? Hmmm...

TwoWheelsDC
01-18-2013, 11:15 AM
So bridges and parts of GW Parkway are closed to traffic but open to biking? Hmmm...

BikeDC, winter edition!

consularrider
01-18-2013, 12:42 PM
BikeDC, winter edition!
Probably not, see the thread on closing as section of the Mt Vernon Trail. But as vvill says, hmmmm...

baiskeli
01-18-2013, 01:19 PM
So bridges and parts of GW Parkway are closed to traffic but open to biking? Hmmm...

We rode on the bridges last time. But we didn't actually confirm that they were open to bikes. We weren't shot to death by any Secret Service snipers in black helicopters, so I guess it was okay.

Greenbelt
01-21-2013, 09:43 PM
https://vimeo.com/57902733

Rod Smith
01-22-2013, 04:30 AM
I rode a short section of closed Parkway.

americancyclo
01-22-2013, 08:12 AM
2009

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=572167858863

JillBarker
01-22-2013, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the good advice and sharing your experiences. Here is a brief trip report of my inauguration day ride: I parked my car in Rosslyn at 4:20 am (no parking problems) and rode over the TR bridge. I encountered the first road closure at Virginia Ave, but bikes were permitted. I proceeded down Constitution and 17th until reaching Independence. There the roads were blocked to cars but not bikes. Official vehicles inside the barriers made things dicey once or twice but nothing very bad. I reached 7th and D SW in half an hour and chained my bike to a tree barrier. It was still there when I returned at 1:30 pm. (Yay) I was able to ride back on roads blocked to cars most of the way. The exception was Independence Ave. all pedestrians and bikes were forced to the sidewalk. Even with the walking I still made it back to my car in half an hour. It was a great day. I saw very few other bikes and only five pedestrians walking back over TR bridge. I would definitely do it again the same way.