By Jessica Chasmar
Monday, September 9, 2013
Source: The Washington Times
The nation’s capital has denied a “no stop” permit for the “2 Million Bikers to DC” rally on Wednesday, meant to “remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our armed forces.”
The group said in a statement Sunday that D.C. officials denied their request for a special nonstop ride through town with a waiver for red lights, stop signs and other traffic signals.
“What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event,” the group said.
Denial of the permit sparked outrage on the biker group’s website because the District of Columbia reportedly has granted the American Muslim Political Action Committee a permit for the Million Americans Against Fear rally, formerly known as the Million Muslim March, for Wednesday on the National Mall, the PAC announced Saturday.
The 2 Million Bikers to DC group offered an apology to D.C. residents, who will undoubtedly be disturbed by the noise.
“We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city,” the groups said Sunday. “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 bikers plan to meet at the Harley Davidson in Fort Washington, Md., on Wednesday morning, where they will have opening ceremonies, blessings, the Pledge of Allegiance and a handful of speakers. The final route has not yet been announced “for security purposes,” the group said.
“[O]n September 11th, we ride as one!!” the group said. “We ride to pay tribute and offer respect to those that lost their lives on that day 12 years ago, and to salute our troops engaged in the War on Terror. Riders!…we are the best of the best in America!! Our love for these people and this country is staggering, and we will make a display of Patriotism and solidarity America won’t soon forget!!”
At the time of this report, the Million American March Against Fear (MAMAF) had garnered 141 “likes” on Facebook, and the 2 Million Bikers to DC had gained 56,284.
For some reason the bicycle community has decided that it is the only segment of the transportation landscape that is really worthy of the privilege of the Idaho Stop Law. But motorcyclists don’t see it that way. There will be contention between these two groups should there ever be an attempt to make this law universal in nature. I would welcome knowing that both groups were allowed to use the law as well as motorists. Oddly enough it is when everyone is on the alert to watch for those with the right-of-way that we are all safer.