Details on biking to inauguration

January 15, 2013

We have a story in today’s paper about biking to the presidential inauguration next week. For people who are just trying to make their plans and figure out how to get to the event, here’s the rundown of what you need to know:

Capital Bikeshare

This network didn’t exist in 2009, making it a new option for people who want to bike to the inauguration this time around. If you’re not a regular user, here’s a map of Bikeshare stations.

Two corrals will be set up on the north and south sides of the Mall. The northern corral will be at Farragut Square on 17th Street NW between K and I streets, and the southern corral will be at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Both corrals will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Six stations in Northwest Washington will be removed this week because of the parade (they will be reinstalled next week). They are the docks at 10th and E streets, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, 14th and D streets, 15th Street and New York Avenue, 14th and G streets, and 14th and H streets.

Two stations on the Mall will be shut down on Monday until 5 p.m.; they will remain in place but won’t be in use. These docks are at 14th Street and Jefferson Drive SW (in front of the Washington Monument) and at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW (near the Smithsonian Metro entrance).

There will only be as many bikes in the corrals as riders bring. Remember that just because you biked to the corral doesn’t mean there will definitely be a bike for you when you’re heading home.

In addition, due to the road closures and the expected sea of bikes descending on the corrals, other stations won’t be restocked as they normally would be. Check with CapitalBikeshare.com or the Spotcycle app to see if bikes are available.

Other Bicycle Travel

Temporary racks will be set up on 16th Street between K and I (Eye) streets NW. (This is also where the bike valet was in 2009.) These racks, which can hold about 700 bikes, will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Remember to bring your own lock to these racks. In addition, don’t forget to pick up your bike by 5 p.m. (At that point, the rented racks need to be returned, so any remaining locks will be cut and the bikes will be moved into a storage facility.)

And if you’re biking downtown, be prepared for crowding as you approach the Mall and the parade route. In other words, expect to have to walk your bike through much of downtown.

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Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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Mark Berman · January 15, 2013