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None of the pictures are showing up in your post.
Source code says you're trying to link to them directly on Gmail servers... that's not gonna work.

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The irony in failing in you fail comment is too good.

I've fixed the photos.

there is bike parking in Hart! i think they've added another section of racks recently, though i haven't ridden to that part of the parking garage yet. the racks do get rather crowded, which is just a testament to how many people are biking to work. however, judging by the dust on some of the bikes parked there, i think a few folks are using the racks as long-term storage.

my question is, what is someone off the street tries to park at this permit only bike rack?

i hart bike parking is right - the Senate did recently add additional bike parking in the Hart garage. It's a few steps further from the entrance and the Capitol Police often park their motorcycles in the same area, but aside from those minor gripes there is now plenty of bike parking in the Hart garage. I heard they also put a rack for employees in the Russell courtyard.

This still does nothing for non-employees who are coming to the Senate for a meeting. There is an outdoor rack near the Russell Building at 1st and C but it's often overcrowded too.

I think that these pictures are Ray LaHood's rebuttal to his congressional critics.

To answer I Hart's question, if you don't have a permit, someone will leave a note on your bike asking you to use the streetside bike parking.

Also worth noting: the racks are empty almost every night. Some of us are just lazy about cleaning our bikes.

And El Jefe is correct, it's not so much the Senate employees as visitors who use the racks. My personal favorite is when the racks fill up with pink bikes - the Code Pink ladies are visiting senators.

I remember seeing a bike with campy on it out front of hart and remember thinking who would leave a 5000 dollar bike locked with a chain outside of..... and then I saw security with a mp5 and thought that bike was safe.

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