Let Them Bike in the 'Burbs

Saturday, October 4, 2008

District streets were closed last Saturday morning for what I was told, by two police officers, was a bicycle race. The resultant delays, almost two hours for some, were extremely disruptive to meetings scheduled at my downtown office. I spent 1 hour and 45 minutes getting from Constitution Avenue at 21st Street to the Dupont Circle area. In addition to the frustrating traffic jams delaying hundreds of motorists, massive amounts of gasoline were wasted.

Although I subscribe to Alert DC, there was no notification that this event was taking place. Nor was there an announcement in any media that I saw or heard.

Why was such an event scheduled? Has revenue from bicycle racing surpassed that from sales, income and property taxes generated by local businesses? There must be many places for bicycle races other than downtown Washington. In the face of disruptions like this one, it is easy to see why some businesses prefer to locate in and support economies in the suburbs.



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