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Bikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Think again(14 posts)

Bikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Think againBeaver
Oct 25, 2002 9:52 AM
Here we go again. Found this gem on another message board.

http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story138524.html

The parkway is not the place for bicyclists

FOR THE past few years, I've noticed more and more people riding bicycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

On the weekends near Roanoke, you cannot go more than a mile without coming upon a bicycle rider, or worse, a group of riders. These riders - all decked out in their spandex shorts and racer-replica jerseys - are traveling 5 to 10 mph or 2 to 3 mph uphill.

So, along comes a motorist driving 45 mph on a narrow, curvy two-lane road designed for motorized vehicle traffic, and around the next curve is one or more of them playing in the middle of the road on their toy bicycles.

This now forces the driver to make an instant decision to either swerve into the path of the oncoming traffic, swerve off the road to the right, or slam on the brakes and try to avoid hitting one of them. All these situations are an extreme danger for the drivers and the bicycle riders.

It's time bicycle riders find another place to play with their toys.

And for you repli-racer-wannabe's, this isn't the Tour de France, and you're not Lance Armstrong. Take your toys home and do what your mommies told you, "Don't play in the street."



MICHAEL GAFFNEY, HARDY
what a jackass. (nm)up_hiller
Oct 25, 2002 10:12 AM
Go play in the freewaypmf1
Oct 25, 2002 10:35 AM
I regularily ride on Skyline drive out of Front Royal, VA. I don't do it on the weekends or during leaf changing season. The speed limit for cars is 45 mph. That is slow enough to be able to see cyclists ahead of time. Its not a major highway and cyclists have as much right to ride on it as you do to drive on it. They're called road bikes for a reason.
Skyline Drivems
Oct 25, 2002 11:15 AM
Some friends and I rode the Skyline Drive from Front Royal to the end of it on September 9, a Monday. The ride was great. There was little traffic. Some motorists who were slowing down to view the scenery caused more of an obstruction than we ever did. Overall, I though that all of us who were using the road that day got along well. No one beeped his or her horn at us and no one made a rude comment. One elderly couple that had made many stops kept passing us and then we would pass them. Near the end of the Drive, they pulled up alongside me, congratulated me for doing the Drive and said that they wished that they could do something like that (they probably were in their 70s or 80s). Likewise, some young guys on motorcycles that passed us gave us thumps up. If people want to drive without bicycles there are plenty of interstate highways (doesn't I-81 parallel the Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway?).
Cool, how far did you go?pmf1
Oct 25, 2002 12:13 PM
I usually ride to the first gas station and then back to my car parked at the ranger station. The ride back is quite a bit quicker than the ride out.

I too have always found motorists to be courteous.

Yep, Skyline or the BR Parkway are not roads made for getting from here to there. They are roads meant to be enjoyed leisurely and slowely in a car or on a bike. If you want to make good time, drive on a real highway.
From the beginning to the endms
Oct 25, 2002 1:35 PM
105 miles in all. One day. The wife and sister of one of my riding buddies met us at arranged rest stops and then transported us back to Front Royal (via I-81 rather than the Drive)
pathetic ignoramus redneck scum (nm)WhoWasThat
Oct 25, 2002 11:07 AM
pathetic ignoramus redneck scum (nm)aliensporebomb
Oct 25, 2002 12:31 PM
Yeah. Just the ungrateful, nasty type of person you
want to say with great sincerity "Jesus thinks you're
a jerk."
I agree with the author...scary slow
Oct 25, 2002 11:26 AM
it does create a dangerous situation. The Parkway should be closed to all motorized traffic. There are faster ways for cars to get around North Carolina and Virginia than using the Parkway.
Get on the Sidewalk!!!!jtolleson
Oct 25, 2002 11:52 AM
Damn. Only if there was one! Then roller bladers and baby strollers could enjoy the Parkway, too!

I'm riding it North to South next May, but I promise to go more than 2-3 miles per hour going uphill.
How can you go 2mph and stay uprightMel Erickson
Oct 25, 2002 2:02 PM
It would be like doing a 20 minute track stand up those hills. It's the cars that cause the problem, not the bikers. You've got auto-gawkers doing 10mph and others doing 60mph. Actually it's like a MUT with cars, especially in the fall color season!
re: Bikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Think againRideOn
Oct 25, 2002 4:27 PM
I rode the length of the Blue ridge parkway 5 years ago in September, and it was on of the best (and hardest) trips of my life. There were few cars, more motorcycles really, and they all seemed content to share the road. This guy is just nuts.

db
Nothing but good experiencespeter in NVA
Oct 25, 2002 5:21 PM
Been riding Skyline drive for 9 years and never had a problem. I even had a woman run up to be at an overlook and tell me "I was her hero" for riding those hills! I always stay to the far right (there is no shoulder climbing) and can usually keep up with traffic downhill.
But I think Skyline has a 35 mph speed limit whereas further south it may be 45 mph. The parkway was meant to be a scenic drive and never a commuter route.
re: Bikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Think againpbraun
Oct 28, 2002 11:48 AM
troll. don't take the bait.