Thursday, December 15, 2011

Update on Blue Ridge Parkway Management Plan -- and a Correction from Yours Truly

Several gentle readers have pointed out that my last post on the Blue Ridge Parkway was in error -- that it's not all doom and gloom, or anywhere close to that, for bicycles on the parkway. A ban on bicycling is not in the proposal.

I feel thoroughly chastened, and I'll try to do better, so please accept my apologies and do not send the blog police around. They are thugs.

Here's a link that gives a good account of what's going on. The headline says it: 'Bicycles are welcome,' Parkway super says.


Rob E. said...

There still doesn't seem to be anything in the plan to address my main gripe: all the damn hills. They need to level that place out. Who wants a scenic, mountain ride if the cost is a lot of up-hill climbing? Let's see a plan that incorporates downhill-only roads both north and south bound, then we'll talk.

Thanks for the update, Mike. I've been hearing a lot about this, but not a lot that seems firmly grounded in reality, so your post and the link you provided are very much appreciated.

sag said...

Mike, not to worry. I started reading the doc a few weeks ago but didn't spend enough time to decode its real intent. I simply posted suggestions that they encourage cycling both as part of their mission and to bolster the local tourism economy.