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Rolling Thunder Rolls on Sunday

by Prince Of Petworth May 26, 2016 at 11:25 am 7 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Gerda De Corte

For this who wish to check it out or avoid it – heads up!

From MPD:

“On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the 2016 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Assembly Area

The rally area will be at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on the north and south parking lots, which will be open at 7:00 am.

The staging area will be in front of the Lincoln Memorial at Ohio and Independence Avenue, S.W.

Parade Route

The following roads will be closed from approximately 11:00 am to 3:00 pm:

Memorial Bridge
Constitution Avenue, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW
3rd Street, SW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
Maryland Avenue, SW from 3rd Street, SW to Independence Avenue, SW
Independence Avenue, SW from 3rd Street, SW to West Potomac Park, SW

The motorcycle ride will form in North Pentagon Parking Lot and will proceed over the following route:

Across Memorial Bridge to 23rd Street, North on 23rd Street to Constitution Ave, East on Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, East on Pennsylvania Avenue to 3rd St, South on 3rd Street to Independence Avenue, West on Independence Avenue to West Basin Drive, Southwest on West Basin Drive to Ohio Drive, Northwest on Ohio Drive to Franklin D. Roosevelt Park where they will disband.

Motorists traveling in the area of this event may experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events. These street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions.”

  • neighbor

    “Rolling Thunder: at least it’s not Police Week.”

  • Angry Parakeet

    Everything about this ride is insulting and inconsiderate. Yes, it starts at the Pentagon, but that’s the only “route” part. For the next 4 hours they race like NASCAR participants around the outside of the perimeter of the Mall over and over loudly revving. Getting trapped inside that course is inhumane. There are so many riders that unlike a parade there is no break to run across the street to get away. And since the likelihood of any MIAs still alive is nil, the “honoring” they do is none.

    • Thomas

      As someone who lives near a busy road, I can easily tolerate the noise of ambulances and firetrucks rushing to save lives and property, but I cannot fathom why DC (and the rest of the US for that matter) does not in any way regulate or enforce the noise pollution of private motor vehicles. Motorcyclists are the worst of course. I was so disappointed in visiting Shenandoah NP last week for the first time that it was impossible to avoid the scream of harley-davidson riders, even miles into the wilderness. I’m not sure I’m ready for what this weekend holds. :(

      • Angry Parakeet

        Because a large number of Harley enthusiasts are policemen.

      • navyard

        I wish the city would hold a decibel reader at the bridge and fine every one of them with a $1000 fine for noise over 83 decibels (I think I’m reading the law right, but what do I know?)
        I think they’re rude and dangerous. The vast majority are completely disrespectful to pedestrians, residents, and tourists.

    • Amber

      Rolling Thunder is one of those things that I support in theory, but not practice. It was originally conceptualized as a continuous loop from the pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial as a memory for POW/MIA soldiers from the Vietnam War: a war that was wildly unpopular and the young men who served and died did not have a choice (unlike today, where wars in the Middle East were wildly unpopular by the end, but at least the draft wasn’t in effect). It’s supposed to be inconvenient and make onlookers (and especially policy makers, who have largely left the city for the weekend…) think about how poorly the US Government treated the soldiers both during and after the war (and the way they continue to treat veterans today). Memorial Day isn’t supposed to be about a long weekend and a BBQ and the pool: it’s about the fact that people died – whether they supported the cause or not.
      That’s the theory of course. In reality: I hate them as much as the next person who values their eardrums and being able to cross the damn street. Particularly given the fact that most of them _claim_ to support the military, but continue to turn their backs those that have followed (by electing lawmakers who defund veteran support services while funding wars that create new veterans).

  • figby

    I really hate this feature of Memorial Day weekend. These riders are totally obnoxious tearing up close-in residential streets revving their stupid, over-loud bikes.


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