The "2 Million Bikers to D.C." demonstration, an annual biker tradition to celebrate and honor those lives lost on 9/11, is set to roll through the nation's capital Wednesday. This year's "2 Million Bikers to D.C." campaign was just announced in August, but its last-minute request for a National Park Service event permit was denied, according to The Patriot-News on Sept. 11.
Organizers of the event had asked for the temporary closure of some city roads and intersections, in order to allow riders easier travel in and out of the National Mall area.
However, the park service denied the request, citing inadequate park police services and park police escorts, adding that it would require too many road closures to be feasible.
The ride began at Harley Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, Md., at 11 a.m. The group's website does not specify a destination within D.C., according to NBC Washington.
On the biker group's Facebook page, they apologized ahead of time for the gridlock they'll likely cause today.
"What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event", organizers wrote in their Sept. 6th post, obviously placing blame on their park service request denial.
Ted Gest, a spokesman for the D.C. attorney general's office, noted that it's not technically a crime for the bikers to parade through the city.
But Gest cautioned the riders making their way to D.C. today, saying he can't speculate on what penalties some of the motorcycle riders might be subject to for traffic or other offenses.