Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Covering the Sanity Rally for WTOP by bike

Kate Ryan is a reporter for WTOP who writes about bicycle issues on her blog Lane Change: Kate Ryan Reports. This weekend she covered the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear by bike:
Now that I live where I work, and have gone carless, I proposed covering the event by bike. My boss, Jim Farley, who's embraced the changes in our industry and put us way ahead of the curve in so many ways, gave me the thumbs up. And hey, he knows an opportunity to cut fleet costs when he sees it.

I had some scrambling to do throughout the day. Getting cell service was a challenge, so we figured the bike would allow me to hightail it off the Mall and better my chances of being able to file electronically.

The bike valets were not available on the Mall, though WABA did make the pitch to Comedy Central, so finding bike parking was actually, a bit of a challenge. Good news in a way--a signal that many folks are indeed finding bikes a viable form of transportation. 
It's unfortunate that the event organizers couldn't come up with the money to have bike valet parking. WABA offerred to provide it, but as they say in their blog entry The Economics of the Bike Valet, bike parking isn't free: "It takes time. It takes coordination. And it takes money."

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