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Quite frankly, I agree that the cemetery shouldn't be used for bike commuting - anymore than it should be used for car commuting. And I am an occasional bike commuter myself, and I work in Rosslyn, so I would love some better routes AROUND the cemetery, but not THROUGH it.

So, you don't think the fact that bikes are quieter, safer and less polluting means that it is any more reasonable to allow bike commuters than car commuters? I can understand saying that neither should - that's a value judgement, but certainly you don't think the damage of those two choices is equivalent.

What about pedestrian commuters?

Two things,

1) I recently attended my friend's promotion ceremony to Lt. Col. at Arlington Cemetary, and I biked there, in a suit, and left my bike at the racks near the visitor's center. My destination was near there, so it was fine, but had I needed to bike further, my attire was far more respectful than the typical tourist's, and my conveyance was far less intrusive than the repurposed Tourmobiles and many cars that travel the cemetery. I understand they don't want roadies in kits, but a bike ban oversteps in a major way.

2) I am really excited about your post on that 1993 hearing. I wrote my grad school thesis in 2007/08 on that very topic, and at the time, I couldn't find a lot of attention on the commuter fringe benefits section of the tax code. In and of itself, it was surprising since the incentives to drive or take transit are pretty strong as a result of what is offered. Anyway, since around 2009 when the transit piece was boosted, and bike benefit included, this area of tax code has been a source of a lot of fighting and attention, so there is broad recognition of what it does. But to see some focus and attention on it from 1993 is impressive and reassuring, doubly so since the organization raising it is one I've long supported and whose mission I believe in! I think this must've been during when Ellen Jones was ED, which makes a lot of sense - she's been a tireless advocate for TDM and other progressive transportation issues at the Downtown BID.

Can't wait for the article, you should talk to Ellen about it!

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