A 2 million bikers to D.C. ride may be clogging traffic around the city this week, but the bikers commemorating 9/11 victims and memories don’t need any permit to parade appropriately through the city, US News reports this Tuesday, Sept. 10. When it comes to the U.S. capital allowing citizens to exhibit their First Amendment rights, there is often little issue; as such, the exaggerated commemorative 2 million bikers heading to D.C. to honor the 9/11 tragedy won’t likely face any police prevention this Wednesday.
Having 2 million bikers riding to D.C. is nothing illegal, as a spokesman for the D.C. attorney general’s office reminded the public this week that “It is not a crime to parade through the [capital] city without a permit.”
However, the D.C. spokesman did add that certain penalties or traffic violations if clogging the streets could still have some patriot bikers under fire.
"I don't think we can speculate on what penalties the motorcycle riders might be subjected to for traffic or other offenses because we don't know what they're going to do."
It seems this 2 million bikers to D.C. demonstration was first proclaimed last month when its request for a permit at the National Park Service was not approved. Initially, organizers had asked for closure of certain city roads to allow for the passageway of the hundreds of bikers that will be riding in and out of the city, but a spokeswoman for the park service announced:
"It would cause a severe service disruption of traffic... We couldn't provide adequate park police services and park police escorts and it would require a lot of road closures so it was denied."
These same officials also took to Facebook this Friday to formally apologize, saying that D.C. residents may be stuck in heavy traffic as the bikers commemorating the 9/11 victims and U.S. soldiers who fought al-Qaida in Afghanistan rev their vehicle engines in a nationalistic parade, permit or not.
"What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event," the organizers added. “The plan is to meet up outside D.C. and cross into the city sometime after 11 a.m.”
What’s your thoughts on the 2 million bikers ride to D.C. taking place tomorrow, on the 9/11 anniversary, a day to remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives due to terrorism?