Arlington National Cemetery to impose bicycle ban

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Arlington National Cemetery to impose bicycle ban

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — Bicyclists will no longer be allowed to ride through the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery under a new policy that’s set to start next week despite protest from local officials and bicycle groups.

Bicyclists disrupt funeral services, affect other visitors’ experiences and pose safety concerns, the Army said in an announcement of the new rule, which goes into effect Oct. 26.

But the Arlington County Board and bicycle advocacy organizations in Arlington and nearby Fairfax County argued cyclists using the cemetery do so respectfully.

“I was cognizant this was a special place whenever I rode through there,” said former Arlington resident Bruce Johnson, 58. “It’s important to me it remains sacred, for personal reasons.”

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