Pedal the Parkway allows a fresh way to experience Colonial Parkway

Staff writer

It isn’t every day that a bicyclist or pedestrian can enjoy the scenic Colonial Parkway without dodging cars. Pedal the Parkway will provide a chance to travel part of the route without the intrusion of motor vehicles on May 4.

Now in its 22nd year, the annual event allows bicyclists and walkers an opportunity to have 8 miles of the Colonial Parkway between Jamestown and Williamsburg all to themselves.

“There is only one chance a year to ride or walk on the Colonial Parkway with 1,000 compatriots and with no cars, said Gretchen Bedell, chairwoman of the BikeWalk Williamsburg board. “It's great for families with small children, the disabled, and anyone looking to experience the beauty of the parkway in absolute safety.”

BikeWalk Williamsburg, a nonprofit that advocates for safe places to ride bikes and walk, holds the event in collaboration with the National Park Service, which operates the Colonial Parkway.

While the ride is the main event, people are encouraged to visit Billsburg Brewery for beers and food after they have their fill of the parkway. Other refreshments will be provided, and the event is open to bicyclists of all skill levels, Bedell said.

There also will be an aid station, bike shops for repairs and a van to pick up stranded participants, according to a BikeWalk Williamsburg news release.

Participants should bring helmets, though some helmets will be available at the event. Participants will be required to register on-site the day of the event. The free event will be held rain or shine, the release states.

For more information, contact Bedell at 757-561-0779.

Pedal the Parkway

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 4.

Where: The event takes place on the Colonial Parkway between Jamestown and Williamsburg. Parking for the event is available at Jamestown Settlement (2110 Jamestown Road) and the National Center for State Courts (300 Newport Ave.)

Cost: Free.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007,, @jajacobs_

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