A group of bicyclists rode to the Washington Post headquarters yesterday in a polite protest against Courtland Milloy’s recent column attacking bicyclists and the paper’s decision to publish it.
Jay Mallin made a video of the event:
Some people brought their young children. Many held handmade signs, with messages like “I’m a heart nurse, not a terrorist” (in reference to Milloy’s statement comparing some cyclists to terrorists). DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson happened to be in the area, and told the assembled press that while “there is friction” between drivers and bcicylists, “the answer is not to say it’s okay to hit people. It’s not okay to hit people.”
Ben Freed reported how one cyclist, Julie Sibbing of Alexandria, tried to put a sign in the lobby saying “I want an apology, Wash Post,” but the security guard removed it.
Kishan Putta, Dupont ANC Commissioner and candidate for DC Council at large, also attended and spoke about his commitment to bicycle infrastructure, according to Perry Stein in the City Paper.
WTOP’s Kate Ryan also interviewed Veronica Davis, a GGW contributor and founder of Black Women Bike, about the Milloy column: