Note from Dan: Tyler Moore lives in Roanoke County. He sent me this as a reaction to Tuesday’s column.
By Tyler Moore
I have biked the Roanoke section of the Blue Ridge Parkway literally thousands of times for decades and decades (started 1983 or so, so it has been three decades. OMG). I live just 300 feet from the Parkway.
The issue is that the Parkway is our lovely community’s major natural asset (Just spoke to an Outer Banks resident who said we have an asset comparable to the coast. And our fantastic asset must be treated and protected as such).
One of the biggest threats to our wonderful landmark is commuters who go to work every morning and come home every evening, not using the parkway for that which it was designed (I, too, when commuting, am not looking at the scenery, but thinking of the work in front of or behind me for the day).
The Roanoke section is special AND WE (ROANOKE) MUST PROTECT IT:
- Absolutely, it is an excellent idea to change the speed limit for the Roanoke section to 35! There are likely more local drivers and bikers and walkers than any other section of the Parkway.
- Money is an issue, so let’s install electronic toll booths on both ends of the Roanoke section to pay for the extra maintenance that commuters and more users use. (not bikers, as their bikes are light as napkins compared to motorized vehicles).
- Install SHARE THE ROAD signs at each Roanoke entrance. (Route 220 has such a sign, and I am the only biker along 220 I have ever seen)
- Because there are so many bikers and walkers, we need to build a walkway along the roadway.
- We need to form a Star City Protect Our Parkway Group (Dan, you should be chairman).
Thanks so much for keeping our community informed and fighting for action. I am serious about forming this group.