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D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Lane Gets Presidential
By Kate Hinds | 01/22/2013 – 2:21 pm
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Inauguration Day 2013 (image courtesy of the First Lady’s twitter account)
Monday’s inauguration went off without any serious hitches. Sure, there’s some Tuesday morning quarterbacking. It turned out that Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem. Michelle Obama might have directed a sarcastic look at John Boehner during the post-inauguration luncheon. That could be a Supreme Court justice nodding off during the proceedings.
But the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) couldn’t have been happier.
“See that?! See that?! NO, not that great coat, the bike lanes!!!” the agency tweeted, referring to a photo of the First Couple walking on the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes.
The photo, which was circulated by the First Lady’s Twitter account, quickly made waves among bike advocates.
“Obama Becomes First Prez to Walk Down a Bike Lane on Inauguration Day,” read a Streetsfilms headline. One wishful bike blog took it a step further: