Since at least 2002, and probably earlier than that, bicycle riders have gathered at the Virginia Museum of Transportation for a weekly celebration of pedal power.
Known widely as the Tuesday Night Ride, or the Tuesday Night Beer Ride, it’s a 20-mile loop that includes 8 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the best bike-riding roads anywhere. An average of 40 riders participate, but on warm evenings those numbers can swell to 75 or 80.
Afterwards, many of the riders gather for food and fellowship and beer upstairs at The Cornerstone, a bar on Campbell Avenue. It’s a fun time.
Full disclosure: Though I haven’t participated in a few years, I was one of the Tuesday Night Ride’s earliest organizers. It’s been an official ride of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club since at least 2003 or 2004, and I was president of that organization in 2006. (I’m no longer a member).
The ride normally kicks off the first Tuesday following daylight savings time, which is today. But last week, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club President Chris Berry pulled the plug, after months of back-and-forth with Blue Ridge Parkway authorities and Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s office.
There is no longer any club-sanctioned Tuesday night ride on the parkway, Berry wrote to members. Why? Because parkway authorities have hauled out an old regulation and are suddenly attempting to enforce it in a way that could quickly bankrupt the 175-member club.
This was spelled out in a February letter from parkway Superintendent Phil Francis to Goodlatte.
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