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'Bike DC' Organizers Cancel Event

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A bicyclist participating in Bike DC 2011.
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A bicyclist participating in Bike DC 2011.

Bike DC was supposed to take place May 12. It would have given cyclists a chance to ride streets normally closed to vehicular traffic near the National Mall and up the George Washington Parkway. But this year, organizers were unable to secure the permits from the District and the National Park Service, so the event has been cancelled.

Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, blames confusion over new rules in the permit process.

"Every time we would come back with a new proposal, we would get a new set of requirements that we needed to meet and a new order of meeting them," says Farthing. "We were just never able to get a clear yes or a clear no that would give us a next step we could go to, and eventually ran out of time to secure sponsorships and to sell tickets."

National Park Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles was unaware the event had been cancelled until we told her.

"We are still under the impression we are working with the group to iron out concerns over safety and access to a variety of areas around the District," she says.

Last year Bike DC drew more than 10,000 cyclists.

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