Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tour de Cure route

The local Northern Virginia Tour de Cure is held each year in Reston, starting from the Reston Town Center. The event is held on a Sunday in June. The 2014 event is June 1. The tour consists of rides of various lengths. The short ride follows the W&OD Trail to Vienna and back. This is usually one of the most crowded times on the Trail and the Vienna-Reston section is one of the most congested. 

As the Trail gets more congested, we're seeing more bad behavior: Cyclists passing others too close, too fast, and without warning; pedestrians and joggers wearing headphones; dogs on long leads; etc. Holding a major event on the Trail adds to the problem. We're working with the Tour organizers to see if there is a way to route the short ride somewhere besides the W&OD Trail. One option is to use the Fairfax Co Parkway Trail north to Dranesville Tavern and back, possibly using some of Reston's neighborhood streets. 

There are so many places in Fairfax to discover by bike, and yet almost everyone seems to want to ride on the W&OD Trail. We think organized rides, runs, and walks should be a way for participants to discover those places. Most participants likely have already ridden on the Trail; why add to the congestion by holding an event there.

We're hoping the Tour organizers are able to find a suitable route off the Trail. Here's info on the ride: 
Do you want to ride for a great cause? Do you know someone with diabetes? Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, for a total of 5,000 new cases each day. Every day 238 people living with diabetes undergo amputations, 120 enter end-stage kidney disease programs and 48 go blind. YOU can join the fight to stop diabetes by cycling in your local Tour de Cure! Register NOW and get $5 off by using promo code BIKE2014. Register today and take the ride of your life!

If you sign up 10 members on your team by December 1, you will get featured in our 2014 Tour de Cure Brochure! Call Kim at 202-331-8303 ext. 4532 for more information

Reston, VA June 1st, 2014


If the Tour (and other events) would limit the number of riders they allow, that would help with congestion, especially on weekends with nice weather. This event says 238 riders. That's about 138 too many in my view. There are other event on the trail too -- how many riders do the Reston Century, Paul's Ride, Green Lizard Ride, etc each allow? I guess there's some economic tipping point that makes it worth doing for the charity but that should not be the driving concern.

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