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According to Chief of Staff Charles Allen, Ward 6 councilman and bike commuter Tommy Wells wants to see the Washington Area Bicycle Association triumph in its efforts to offer a free bike valet service on Inauguration Day. “He’s always liked the idea of bike valet stations,” says Allen, “he supported putting one in at Nationals Stadium.”
Of course, such pro-bike-valet-feelings beg the question, if the station goes in, will Wells pedal to Obama? “Tommy would love to ride his bike to the inauguration,” says Allen, “he just doesn’t know what the situation will be yet.” Allen explains that the councilman will have to know more about his schedule and any security concerns before deciding whether to arrive at the inauguration on two wheels.
Another biking enthusiast, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty supports the idea of cycling to the inaug but won’t be breaking out his Cannondale to lead by example. “He might not bike to the event,” said mayor’s office spokesperson Mafara Hobson, “but gives the thumbs up to those who choose to.”
*photo courtesy of Washington Area Bicyclist Association