Bicyclists have been prohibited from riding through Arlington National Cemetery as of Wednesday.

An exception will be made for cyclists visiting a family member's grave site. A family pass must be obtained by officials in order to ride through the cemetery to the grave.

Arlington National Cemetery officials wrote in a statement, "The primary purpose of ANC's roads are to facilitate funeral services, vehicles operating in the daily care of the cemetery, and families visiting the final resting place of loved ones. While we know that riders intend no disrespect, bicyclists traversing the cemetery grounds do impact funeral services and the experience that families expect and deserve as they visit their loved one's grave."

Officials say bicyclists also pose a safety concern, because pedestrians and bicycles must share the same road. There are no bike paths in the cemetery.