Your daily Letter to the Columnist — March 12, 2013
Thank you for your story highlighting the difficulties cyclists are having with the Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent. I attended a number of public meetings last year regarding trail plans for the Blue Ridge Parkway property.
Although these sessions were intended to allow for public comment the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Department of Interior representatives really had no interest in what we had to say as a cycling community. It could not have been more evident that the Department of the Interior is anti-cycling. If I had to hear “historical use” (read cars only) one more time I thought I might start screaming at officials.
I do not use the parkway to commute, (which I’m sure doesn’t fall under historical use either) but instead wish to enjoy its scenic beauty on two wheels rather than four. It reduces my carbon footprint and provides excellent health benefits for me and my family. Why the cycling community has to continually fight with the Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent and the Department of the Interior is beyond me.
Weather permitting I ride my bike from my house in Raleigh Court down to the greenway and up and down Mill Mountain on a weekly basis. I’m a mountain biker. The Parkway Superintendent hates me even more than road cyclists. Here’s a story that illustrates that point for you.
The Parkway Superintendent refuses to allow the City of Roanoke to install a trail head sign on the Wood Thrush trail because the trail head is on park service land. Doesn’t matter to them that more than 90% of the trail is on city owned property. I’ve discussed this point a couple of times with Christine, the Mill Mountain Park Supervisor.