President Donald Trump’s administration has removed a nine-slot Bikeshare station at the White House, The Washington Post reports.
“It’s unclear why the White House wanted it removed,” The Post noted. “The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.”
“We got the request to remove it, and we honored that request,” said Terry Owens, spokesman for the District’s Department of Transportation.
The Bikeshare system has 3,700 bicycles and 440 stations through the greater DC area.
Capital Bikeshare users average saving $631 per year on personal travel cost, meaning the removal of the 9-slot station could cost White House staff $5,679 in increased transportation expenditures.
With the White House refusing to answer why they are hurting their employees in such a manner, the internet was quick to fill the void with speculation and commentary:
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) August 16, 2017
If you have time to hate bikeshare, but not Nazis, you're doing it wrong. https://t.co/npaEKNHNWnADVERTISEMENT
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) August 16, 2017
Well…..cars are bad. But, there are some mighty fine cars out there. Bikes didn't have a permit.
— Leslie Burrell (@LeslieBurrell75) August 16, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Pasty fat indoor people don't do well on bikes. https://t.co/QZT4fuUwKt
— Neil King (@NKingofDC) August 16, 2017
No detail of @BarackObama 's accomplishments is too small for Trump to want to erase from history, including this one. Wow.
— Mitchy McConell (@MitchMcConell) August 16, 2017
— Samuel Claiborne (@SamuelClaiborne) August 16, 2017
he doesn't mind confederate monuments and racists who revere them, but bike stations gotta go
— Eric Gibbs (@ericwgibbs) August 16, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
I'm reminded of when Carter installed solar panels on the White House, and then Reagan promptly removed them…Pettiness for zero reason.
— Analogbear (@Analogbear) August 16, 2017
Reminds me of Reagan removing the solar panels… these guys think it's cowboy to be stupid… https://t.co/DvNE41VWGI
— Bill Roorbach (@billroorbach) August 16, 2017
Drain the swamp (of environmentally friendly commuting options) https://t.co/pEsCRQj5YpADVERTISEMENT
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 17, 2017
He wants people to drive, pollute and get fat. So evil.
— Stu Krupoff (@stukrupoff) August 16, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
I'd take Kerry on a bicycle during nuclear negotiations over Trump on the couch any day. https://t.co/BsqjtP4AQF
— travis norvell (@pedalingpastor) August 16, 2017