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I don't see many differences (for cycling) in the alternatives for the Blue Ridge Parkway. In all cases they would continue to permit cycling on the parkway. The preferred alternative includes closing a campground near Roanoke, which would make itineraries for multi-day cycling trips on the parkway more contstrained.

They are considering some parallel bike paths. The NPS-preferred alternative B includes: "Also, pursue development of a paved, multiuse trail parallel to but separate from the parkway in the Boone/Blowing Rock area to enhance opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely recreate in the parkway corridor where traffic levels are higher and opportunities to link to regional trail systems are available"

Alternative C looks at MUTs in some of the urbanized areas instead "Also, pursue development of paved, multiuse trails parallel to but separate from the parkway in the Waynesboro, Roanoke, and Asheville urban areas to enhance opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely recreate in the parkway corridor where traffic levels are higher and opportunities to link to
regional trail systems are available."

It's not clear to me why they could not pursue MUTs in both contexts/locations.

If these are "three bad choices", what other changes should cycling advocates pursue for the parkway? The article linked from "VAbike" does not make any suggestions - it mostly protests the "auto-centric" tone of the overall document.

Busted. I didn't really get to read the article last night, just skim it. So I can't answer your questions, but I was left with the feeling that they were going to restrict cycling on the Parkway somehow. On second glance that looks wrong.

Speaking of cabooses, does anyone know when/if the Bluemont Caboose along the W&OD is open? Seems like it might be a cool place to take kids. The arlingtonva sites are inconclusive on this point.

the caboose usually was open on the weekends, at least during the summer. the 'conductor' is very friendly - supplying water and stories.

The Bluemont caboose is definitely only open during the warmer months. My kids and I dropped by on the last weekend it was open this year (by pure luck) and that was back in October, I believe. They really did enjoy getting to check out the inside, though!

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