March 14, 2018
If you’ve ever been turned away from a state or national campground at the end of long day in the saddle, you know the feeling. The joy of arriving at your destination instantly curdles. You know there is room for you between that RV and the restrooms, but you climb reluctantly back into the saddle, filled with the anxiety of trying to find a decent alternative before it gets dark.
Tennessee State Parks feels your pain! With our encouragement, they established a no-turn-away policy so you’ll never get stuck with unexpected miles at the end of a long day.
Our advocacy team works with state and national parks around the country to help them understand the needs of cyclists and why no-turn-away policies are so important. Currently, to our knowledge, only eight states have no-turn-away policies: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, and now Tennessee. If you’d like to see more states adopt this policy, you can support our advocacy work with a donation.
But no-turn-away policies aren’t the only work we’re doing in the parks.
With your help, this year we’ll advocate for:
- More hiker/biker campsites in state park campgrounds — with amenities like secure bike parking, lockers for food and valuables, bike maintenance stations, and covered facilities
- Car-free days in national parks — imagine more parks dedicating at least one day each year to cyclists (and all non-motorized users) so we can experience them in a way that is healthy for us and the planet
- Increased safety and respect on park roads — to promote safe, share-the-road practices and well-maintained shoulders, bike lanes, and trails
You can read more about Adventure Cycling’s work with parks, and make sure to check out our new bike camping resource, A Guide to Bicycle Camping.
Photo courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
The Thomas Stevens Fan Club is brought to you by the development team, Annette, April, and Michelle. They share an office with a classic Parisian Metropole bicycle. Want to know more about how you can support Adventure Cycling and all the amazing work they do? Call them at 406-532-2760 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org