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I wonder how our buddy MB-1's commute went this morning.(16 posts)

I wonder how our buddy MB-1's commute went this morning.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 27, 2002 8:14 AM
Things are a little hairy down there.

Alex
Absolutely No Problem On My End Of TownGregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 8:39 AM
I commute in from VA over the 14th Street bridge, and work near the Capitol. At 8:30, traffic was light, the Mall area was clear, and there were LOTS of police. There had been a protest near Dept. of Agriculture at sunrise, which was quickly handled. It looks like most of the "activity" is near the World Bank buildings at 18th and H. The commute home may be a different story. We're being released at 3:00 pm.
I don't know what to think about it.MB1
Sep 27, 2002 9:24 AM
Miss M works on the Capital Hill and I knew there were actions planned around there so I rode to work with here first just to assure myself she was ok. The area was so quiet it felt like a Sunday morning-except for all the police standing around.

I work downtown. Turned out to be where all the action is. I rode right by the IMF building on 20th. Barracades and police galore, sirens in the distance getting closer.

I don't like this stuff. The streets are omniously quiet. Hope nothing bad goes down. Like someone said yesterday I have no sympathy for the fat cat IMF and World Bank biggies but this is the wrong time and place for riots in the streets.

Hoping for a quiet ride home.
If Miss M needs company going home this afternoon...Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 9:34 AM
...I'd be glad to oblige. I'm over at 3rd and E (Comptroller of the Currency) and go home via the 14th Street bridge. My understanding is that federal workers (at least over here) are being dismissed at 3:00.

gregory.taylor@occ.treas.gov
You are so kind.MB1
Sep 27, 2002 9:47 AM
What kind I'm not sure ;-).

Seems pretty quiet up on the Hill.

Miss M and I plan to meet as usual. Wish me luck getting out of Downtown.
You two don't fool me for a second ...Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2002 2:24 PM
... You both crave the safety or riding with Miss M. Anybody who tangles with a woman who rides 17000 miles a year and practices martial arts at lunchtime would get seriously HURT!
I was there last week working on this reallyPack Meat
Sep 27, 2002 9:42 AM
cool solar village on the Mall. It sucks that all this crap may get in the way of what is a really great and positive idea. Have any of you DC folks seen the solar houses out there. www.solardecathlon.org. It's worth checking out on a lunch hour if you can, it's impressive to see what these kids did.
Rode past it this morning....looked VERY neat. (nm)Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 9:52 AM
We ride by it almost every day. Plan to tour it on Sunday.MB1
Sep 27, 2002 9:55 AM
If the riots tone down a little.
hopefully this isn't someone you know...steve-z
Sep 27, 2002 10:34 AM
caption:
A Washington D.C. police officer hauls a female commuter off her bicycle and drags her along the street early September 27, 2002. The cyclist accidentally turned into a street occupied by IMF protesters. At right, her boyfriend pleads with the officer to release her. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
go Kodak-Ectar!!philippec
Sep 27, 2002 11:38 AM
Hey officer! let go of my team-mate!! I used to race with Kodak when I lived back in the states! I still where the jersey sometimes when I want to ride w/some really " exotic" kit here in France. Whatever happened to to the Kodak team??
Damn protestors with their. . .js5280
Sep 27, 2002 2:50 PM
lycra clothes, slick bottom shoes, and shiney bikes. About time the law stuck it those cretins. Next time pop her in the jaw on the way down with that big stick.

WTF! It takes a big man to drag a women off a bicycle there buddy. This is the guy that gives all the decent cops a bad name. I'm sure his punishment will be a week of paid leave while they review his behavior and ultimately do nothing, futher eroding respect for law enforcement. Can someone keep us posted? Maybe NWA was right?
Looks about like Miss M ...Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2002 3:54 PM
... Frankly, I usually only see Miss M from behind, as she typically leads any ride start to finish, so its hard to say. But I know it't not ... she'd have probably picked that cop up and tossed him thru the windshield of his police cruiser.

I wonder how many innocent commuters, heeding all the warnings to NOT drive, using a bike so as to be responsible and avoid traffic trouble, got the same treatment?
Thought this was kind of ironic...NPA
Sep 27, 2002 10:42 AM
From a story on CNN.com:
The executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace USA, John Passacantando, was among those arrested during the day, according to Greenpeace officials, who said Passacantando was not participating in the protests but had been swept up in the arrests while riding his bicycle to work.
A little extra glassTypeOne
Sep 27, 2002 11:05 AM
Good luck down there. I rode through the downtown area in Seattle after the WTO riots a few years back. Very weird. I was able to avoid everything on my commute and it was quitet, but that was probably because I was violating the "no protest zone" quarantine the police had set up.

My advice is to be careful of broken glass - there was a ton of it on the streets (and burning tires and trash) after the cops and kids clashed.
FLASH they are taking their clothes off...LOLMB1
Sep 27, 2002 11:22 AM
Corner of Wisconsin & M Streets in Georgetown, some kind of protest against GAP (where do they come up with these targets?).

Gotta go now......