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Let the Conversation Ride: Your #letdenisride Responses

After news hit that new White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough might have to park his bike for good during his new daily commute, the bicycling community responded with disappointment, calls to action and even advice for the impending zombie apocalypse.

President Barack Obama said McDonough, who was tapped last week, “probably isn’t allowed” to continue commuting to work on his bike.

The League and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association teamed up yesterday to ask why the White House should #letdenisride.  The responses poured in on Twitter, Facebook and in the League’s comment section. We compiled a few of our favorites, along with WABA’s Alex Baca.

Here are a few reasons from Twitter:

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And here are some of our favorite comment responses to our blog post:

Shane Says:

Because just like kids, adults perform better after a bike ride into work!

Aaron Garland Says:

I set up a “We the People Petition” to ask President Obama Allow White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, to continue riding his bike to work.

Please check it out and Sign the Petition.

Barbara Norris Duerk Says:Government works best when employees are on time and projects are on budget. Bicycling eliminates traffic jams and reduces fuel dpendency. Healthy lifestyle – go Denis!

RT Says:

Because it’s going to be hard to fit in a workout while working such crazy hours. He might as well get one in on his commute!

Coreen Frasier Says:

Everyone should be able to choose this method of transportation. It is healthy, easy,fun,and most of all would set an example for others who want to be and stay healthy!

Tomorrow check back for another post on how #letdenisride could help the White House achieve Bicycle Friendly Business status.

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