DC turns down permit for bikers to parade to commemorate 9/11

From U.S. News & World Report
2 Million Bikers will roll anyway

Bikers hoping to cruise nonstop through Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 11 received disappointing news over the weekend: the city denied their permit request.

“We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies,” organizers of the ride said Friday on Facebook. “What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event.”

It’s legal for motorcycles to drive through D.C. and participants plan to cross into the capital undeterred after 11 a.m. “For security purposes the final route will not be posted publicly,” the organizers added.

It’s unclear if law enforcement will take action against what may be a traffic-clogging permitless demonstration on wheels.

[READ: Wife of 9/11 Victim Finds Solace in Courtroom Minutia]

Riders plan to abide by all relevant traffic laws, such as yielding to pedestrians and stopping at red lights.

But a member of the D.C. police department’s public affairs office told U.S. News officers will act “if there is a crime committed.”

It would be a crime for riders to engage in certain activities “if a permit is required” for them, according to the police spokesman.
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