February 14, 2018
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We love riding our bikes in North America’s most beautiful places,
What about you?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
As bicycle travelers, we love to experience America’s landscape at a human-powered speed. We plan our weekends around a bike overnight to a historic state park or our summer vacations cycling through multiple national parks.
But sometimes it feels like parks don’t love us back. Narrow shoulders, distracted drivers, and busy campgrounds with no place for cyclists can all make our park experiences feel like a little less than true love.
Adventure Cycling’s advocacy team is partnering with parks so you can experience safer roads, better access, and improved bicycle amenities, but we need your help to advocate for these changes!
Many park officials agree that their parks could use improvements to bicycle infrastructure, but they don’t know where to start. That’s where you come in. With your support, Adventure Cycling is able to share your experiences and our knowledge to create safer and better access to and through our public lands.
Last year we worked with parks like Natchez Trace Parkway, Glacier, Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park to make huge improvements for cyclists. We helped them with safety campaigns, car-free days, and securing funding for improvements.
With your help, this year we will advocate for:
- No-turn-away policies in state and national park campgrounds across the country — never get turned away and told there is no room for you and your bike
- 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 — with safety campaigns to promote sharing the road and well-maintained shoulders, bike lanes, and trails
Photo by Matt Wild
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