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Are they going to close the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cyclists???

Old 12-19-11, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by JimF22003
Why on earth would they need a separated path in Waynesboro? Riding the parkway is as safe there as anywhere I've ridden. I've only seen moderate local traffic in the Roanoke area, and even there the roadway is perfectly safe.
The only real problem traffic I encountered on the BRP was in Asheville between US 25 and US 74. The locals use it as a high speed shortcut in their commute.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I would say that the Parkway is probably surrounded by some of the most reflexively anti-cycling populations I've ever had the misfortune of living among. Riding on the Parkway itself was never a problem though.

My understanding is this threat is over-blown.
And yes the threat is probably over-blown but it seems instead of encouraging cycling the proposal would try to encourage more auto traffic.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I would say that the Parkway is probably surrounded by some of the most reflexively anti-cycling populations I've ever had the misfortune of living among.
I don't know where you lived, but it's not all that way. Some towns even help organize cycling events.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I don't know where you lived, but it's not all that way. Some towns even help organize cycling events.
Indeed. In the 8 years I lived there, I found southwest VA to be more bike friendly than southern CA, where I've lived most of my life.
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There is some superb riding possibilities in SW VA. I had occasional rides out of Bristol to Abingdon and west of there and really loved it. Nice roads and nice scenery. People were real nice too.
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But you know who really hates cycling? Triple A, they actively lobby against it.
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Originally Posted by kraftwerk
But you know who really hates cycling? Triple A, they actively lobby against it.
Link?
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Old 12-21-11, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by kraftwerk
But you know who really hates cycling? Triple A, they actively lobby against it.
Originally Posted by Velo Vol
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Here's an interesting article:

https://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/07/...sistance-serv/
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Would anyone know if the Blue Ridge Parkway has been closed to cyclists?
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Found it... https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=76

"Q: Is bicycling allowed on the Parkway?
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Yes. Because the Blue Ridge Parkway was designed for motor travel bicyclists should exercise caution, have reflectors and riders should wear high visibility clothing and helmets. Avoid the Blue Ridge Parkway during fog and periods of low visibility. Long distance travelers should plan their overnight stays be sure to have plenty of water and food."
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I know, I live here, and I was a Park Ranger on the Parkway.. Yes you can ride on the parkway, just not off the road. No mountain biking on hiking trails. You can ride on the road all you want. If you take a large group, or have an organized event that wants/needs to use a portion of the Parkway, you will need a permit, but that's relatively easy to get. Good luck, and enjoy the ride, it's beautiful up here this time of year.
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The virginia side too?? would be cool but to get there have to drive like an hour tho...
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A small group of us are riding it tomorrow in Virginia. It will be my first time.
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I live in the New River Valley, very close to the Parkway, I've ridden sections of it around Roankoe, VA. Great riding, although the motor traffic is fast moving and plentiful. I doubt they will close it to cyclists because it is so popular in the area. That being said I can't see the government making it any more cycling friendly as motor vehicles are by far the most popular users of the parkway. Your average person just doesn't possess the physical fitness to tackle the climbs on the parkway, therefore the amount of cyclists is a minority.
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If you want to ride the Parkway, sign up for Storming Of Thunder Ridge next month. Go look at the website and get signed up! It kicked my butt last year but I'm going to beat it this year. It is a great ride. Very well organized.
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Originally Posted by seypat
If you want to ride the Parkway, sign up for Storming Of Thunder Ridge next month. Go look at the website and get signed up! It kicked my butt last year but I'm going to beat it this year. It is a great ride. Very well organized.
seypat,

Can you post a link?

If it's a Virginia event I'm happy to tweet it, and/or put it on our Facebook page. Everyone please feel free to post your Virginia events on our wall.

Getting back to the original topic:

A loose coalition of bike and other outdoor enthusiasts, tourism concerns, and chambers of commerce worked to stall the new Draft Management Plan until after Phil Francis' retirement, which was April 1.

We look forward to new management making the Parkway more welcoming to cyclists. This is important to Virginians not just for local recreational use, but for cyclists who come from all over the world -- bringing their tourism dollars to Appalachian communities that could really use the business.

Better days ahead!
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Old 04-15-13, 11:47 AM
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Is the VBF unable to use google? Step it up guys: https://lmgtfy.com/?q=storming+of+thunder+ridge+2013
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