Like many other Americans, I was most gratified to find out that on September 11 of this year, an anniversary we all know too well, that the bikers of America, a brotherhood dedicated to the open road and patriotism, were organizing to ride through our nation’s capital in a demonstration of national pride, if nothing else.
Like all good citizens, to make the ride as hassle free as possible for the people of Washington, the organizers applied for a permit to have their route blocked off and make it a simple ride through the city that would be over quickly rather than snarling traffic any worse than it normally is. (There is an art to driving in Washington.)
In a story now going viral via all the usual right leaning online sources, the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” were denied their permit.
In a public statement, the organizers released this pre-emptory apology via Facebook on Saturday:
FINAL DETAILS FROM THE NATIONAL “2 MILLION BIKERS TO DC” TEAM:
Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National “2 Million Bikers to DC” Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.
The National Team fully expected our permit to be rejected, and have already drafted a Plan-B. That Plan-B will be posted a little later today once the final details have been bolted down.
We know that California and Texas riders had kicks stands up yesterday. Many other western states have kickstand up today and throughout the weekend.
Gotta love that they expected it to happen and had a plan B.
As we all know, there is a “Million Muslim March Against Fear” going on and they got THEIR permit. There is also a Patriots and Christians Against Radical Islam Rally going on Wednesday in Washington. Not sure if they got a permit, but it looks like the bikers and Christians are going to band together, so to speak.
Washington is going to be VERY crowded on September 11.
From a city girl who met a number of riders up close and personal in Jackson Hole one year before Sturgis and found them to be really great people: God be with you. Millions of us out here in Flyover Country are just as outraged and support your efforts.
And seriously, people of Washington – take the Metro.