The organizers of the Two Million Bikers Ride in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2013 say its permit for a “no-stop ride” through the city has been denied. One day later, The One Million Muslim March announced their permit was approved. Both events were scheduled for September 11, 2013.
Reading between the lines, because there are few details, the Biker’s no-stop license may have allowed them to ride past the war memorials in Washington and other significant places without stopping for stoplights and stop signs.
Earlier postings said the city “thanked the organizers for getting a permit for the 9/11 event…although they were not required to do so as riding is a First-Amendment right.”
The ride is still on. Now the bikers say they will ride the city streets all day long, obeying every law, stopping for every street light, and yielding to every pedestrian.
Here are the details from two Facebook postings and note that the final route is not being published:
September 6, 2013 – FINAL PLANS ~ WE HAVE A DEFINITE ROUTE. WE WILL BE CHECKING ON LAST MINUTE LOGISTICS MAKING SURE THERE ARE NO LAST MINUTE BARRICADES ALONG OUR CHOSEN ROUTE FOR WED 9-11-13. WITH THAT BEING SAID, HERE IS THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
HARLEY DAVIDSON OF WASHINGTON DC IN FT WASHINGTON WILL BE OPENING AT 8:00AM THE MORNING OF THE RIDE.
8:00AM – 10:00AM: INCOMING RIDERS ALONG WITH OPENING CEREMONIES: BLESSING, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND INTRODUCTIONS. WE WILL ALSO HAVE 2-3 GUEST SPEAKERS.
10:00AM – 10:30AM – BRIEFING & LINEUP11:00AM – KSU – READY TO RIDE!
*FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FINAL ROUTE WILL NOT BE POSTED PUBLICLY FOR SECURITY REASONS.*
September 6, 2013: WE HAVE ALWAYS SAID WE WOULD RIDE WITH OR WITHOUT.. WE TRIED THEIR WAY.. NOW WE’LL DO IT OUR WAY. WE WILL HAVE FINAL ROUTES BY 10PM TONIGHT…ONE OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS DOING THE ROUTES TOOK A LITTLE SPILL TODAY…HE IS A LITTLE BUSTED UP BUT OKAY! BIKE…NOT SO GOOD. BUT GLAD HE IS OKAY! WE DO HAVE 2 BACK UP ROUTES….WE WILL RIDE AMERICA!
WE DONT NEED NO STINKING PERMIT ! WE HAVE OUR CONSTITUIONAL [sic] RIGHTS AND WE SHALL RIDE !2 Millions Bikers to DC FINAL DETAILS FROM THE NATIONAL “2 MILLION BIKERS TO DC” TEAM:Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National “2 Million Bikers to DC” Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.The National Team fully expected our permit to be rejected, and have already drafted a Plan-B. That Plan-B will be posted a little later today once the final details have been bolted down.We know that California and Texas riders had kicks stands up yesterday. Many other western states have kickstand up today and throughout the weekend.RIDERS: You are true, blue Patriots and we salute you for your participation in this event! Many of you have taken time off of work to be here. You have freely given of your time, your funds, and your bikes to ride shoulder to shoulder in this event. You have have left your families and your jobs to be here. Those of us who ride come from different clubs, chapters, and organizations. Some of us ride with family and friends and some ride alone. But on September 11th, we ride as one!! We ride to pay tribute and offer respect to those that lost their lives on that day 12 years ago, and to salute our troops engaged in the War on Terror. Riders!…we are the best of the best in America!! Our love for these people and this country is staggering, and we will make a display of Patriotism and solidarity America won’t soon forget!!Riders!…we lift you up to the Lord and pray that His hand and divine protection will ride with you all.”
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