Thousands of Bikers Ride Into D.C. In Show of Support for 9/11 Victims
photo courtesy 2 Million Bikers Facebook Page
Thousands of bikers from around the United States rode into the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday afternoon to show their support for Sept. 11 victims.
Belinda Bee, national coordinator for 2 Million Bikers, said the event was also held in protest of a permit being issued for the "Million American March Against Fear." That rally was also planned for Wednesday by the American Muslim Political Action Committee, and was intended to protest public backlash against Muslims since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
2 Million Bikers organizers had unsuccessfully attempted to get a permit to close some intersections along their planned route. A National Park Service spokesperson said allowing the road closures "would cause a severe service disruption of traffic."
The ride may have fallen a bit short of two million, but the numbers were quite impressive according to witnesses. The line of bikes stretched about a third of a mile from the starting point at an area Harley Davidson shop.
The bikers began departing from the Harley shop at about 10:30 a.m. in groups of 50.