I learned today that the 2013 edition of Bike DC is cancelled because “[t]he restrictions and road blocks to getting permits from the National Park Service and some DC agencies have made it impracticable to continue this event.”
Well, isn’t that a fine “How do you do?”
This is disappointing as my wife and I were looking forward to the event. It has a unique combination of moderate distance (about 30 miles) and fantastic scenery that make it a great day out on the bike for both of us.
I can only imagine how difficult it must be to get the necessary permissions to close roads in the nation’s capital. Still, one wonders how the group was able to do it for the past several years but is no longer able to do so. It would appear the ever-expanding bureaucracy has overwhelmed this organization’s ability to cope.
This seems to be a growing trend in our area. In 2011, The Jingle All The Way run organizers mentioned that they had hoped to make the event a traditional 10K run but were forced to shorten it to the unusual distance of 8K due to the challenges of getting approvals from the various organizations which have oversight on such things in the District.
More recently, the finish for next weekend’s Marine Corps 17.75K run mysteriously changed from previous years. Instead of wrapping things up in a very fitting setting in front of the Marine Corps Museum, the route will be lengthened inside Prince William Forest Park and the finish will be at the significantly less interesting venue of Pinegrove Campground. The only logical explanation (to me at least) is the race was unable to get permission to use local roads needed to get everyone to the Museum, which is a shame.
I wonder if others are experiencing similar challenges in their area? Rest assured, I shall keep you updated on this issue as events warrant!