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  •  Evacuation by bicycle (4.00)
    From some major cities, your bicycle may be a more viable means of evacuation than a car, as you won't have to worry about traffic jams.

    Again, it helps to consider routes beforehand. From downtown DC, for instance, you'll move faster in Rock Creek Park, than fighting traffic on the city streets.

    No-one who voted against the USAPATRIOT Act has lost an election. I am not currently Licensed to Practice in this State. Or Yours.

    by ben masel on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 05:25:26 AM PDT

    •  Thanks (none)
      As someone getting ready to move to DC, that was a very practical piece of information, and while I hope I never have to use it, it could be life-saving information.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 07:11:34 AM PDT

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      •  Waittaminute (none)
        Does that mean that you'll be DHinMIinDC, or will you simply be DHinDC?

        And are you moving into DC proper, or into a city in the area?

        -AG

        You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

        by AlphaGeek on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 09:16:26 AM PDT

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      •  A good alternative route (none)
        The C&O Canal towpath. Gets you almost to the Pennsylvania line.

        No-one who voted against the USAPATRIOT Act has lost an election. I am not currently Licensed to Practice in this State. Or Yours.

        by ben masel on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:03:22 AM PDT

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        •  Ben (none)
          When the subject is escaping from DC, there's no one else I can think of in whom I would put greater trust, because I can only think of one other person--like you, he's been arrested over 100 times for political/protest reasons--who may already have had need to slip out of DC quickly and by unconventional means.  

          The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

          by Dana Houle on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:36:01 AM PDT

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    •  Tools and knowledge (4.00)
      If you're going to depend on a bicycle, you'll want to have some bicycle-specific knowledge and equipment. In particular, you'll want to be able to:
      • Fix a flat tire
      • Tighten anything that comes loose
      • Carry stuff with you
      • Ride after dark
      This means you need to have:
      • a frame pump
      • tire levers
      • spare inner tube
      • patch kit for fixing a punctured inner tube, in case you get more than one flat (I like Rema Tip-Top patches)
      • A bicycle-specific multitool, because bicycles tend to use metric nuts and bolts which you may have a hard time finding tools for. I use a Topeak Alien with included chain tool (for rejoining broken chains), but there are a lot of other options out there.
      • A rack and panniers for carrying a load
      • A front white light and red rear rear light, so that you can see where you're going and be seen by others when traveling after dark.
      •  Changing a flat (4.00)
        If you need to change a flat bike tire, don't do it anywhere near a storm drain.

        Stuff you need wants to be in the storm drain more than it wants to be in your hand...

        Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

        by mataliandy on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 11:25:21 AM PDT

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