D.C.'s Bicycle No-Parking Zone

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I moved to Washington from Holland this summer, and I love to traverse the District on my bike. But each morning I dread the search for a spot on the bike rack at Union Station.

The parking area at the train station in the capital of the richest country in the world has room for about 30 bikes. Usually twice that number are shoved between the rack's odd, U-shaped metal bars. Some of the bicycles have been there a long time, judging from the orange rust covering them. Others are missing wheels and seats. Scooters -- even an occasional baby carriage -- make it nearly impossible to park a bicycle there.

One of the first things one sees upon exiting Amsterdam Central Station is a three-story shed where more than 5,000 bikes can be parked. Apparently, not everything in America is bigger than in Holland.

MARK MAATHUIS

Washington


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