the Washington Area Bicyclist Association or WABA, set up shop in DC to provide bike valet for the millions of people who descended upon the Nation’s capital for President Obama’s inauguration.
My friend Ben Noble, sent in these pictures from DC:
and my favorite DC biker blooger, gwadzilla, has some first hand accounts on the ground, and posted these words from WABA, Director Eric Gilliland…
Hereâ€™s a quick wrap up from the Inaugural Bike Valets:
All in all I think everything went incredibly well. We parked 1127 bikes at the 16th Street location and even had to build a separate enclosure with spare crowd control fencing to handle overflow. We parked 827 bikes at the Jefferson Memorial which was just at capacity. These numbers do not include WABA and DDOT staff or volunteers. When you add them all together we parked 2040 bikes which, to my knowledge, is the most ever valet parked in one day in the US. We didnâ€™t lose a single bike and the one helmet that went missing was eventually found. Everyone loved the service we provided and were extremely patient with the lines that formed during drop off and pick up. Had it been 10 degrees warmer I think we would have been overwhelmed. We could not have done it without two things: the full support of DDOT and the amazing army of volunteers that chose to spend that special day us. They stood outside in the cold for hours and really worked hard to make it as pleasant an experience as possible for those that came with bikes.
We are all exhausted, but happy with the way it went.