Biking Community Excited that Inaugural Parade Showcased D.C. Bike Lanes

LANHAM, MD. (CBSDC)– There has been a lot of chatter surrounding transportation woes that came as a result of Monday’s Inauguration. During the festivities, some people were waiting in lines around the block to get inside Metro stations. Later on, they were missing flights trying to navigate crowds at the airport.

Yet, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) was thrilled about at least one part of the day.

“See that?! See that?! NO, not that great coat, the bike lanes!!!” the department tweeted at the handle “FLOTUS,” which is the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Included in the tweet was a link to a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama waving at inaugural parade spectators while walking atop the District’s Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes.

Bike blogs, cycling organization websites and Twitter users commented on the fact that the Obamas were the first presidential couple to walk on bike lanes during the traditional parade.

Terry Bellamy, Director of DDOT, said the prominence of the lanes is a point of pride for the department, and a good chance for people across the country to take note of the capital city’s progress in bicycle infrastructure.

“In early 2009 we didn’t have any cycle tracks and our bikesharing program was in its infancy. Since then we’ve added miles of separated bike lanes across the city and launched America’s largest and most successful bikesharing system.”

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