Park Rangers Partner with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to Increase Bicycle Visibility

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Parkway staff have partnered with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to promote bicyclist visibility by distributing free bicycle safety lights and vests.

Bicyclists receive safety vests and lights at the Headquarters Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Bicyclists receive safety vests and lights at the Headquarters Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a beautiful recreation route for both motorists and bicyclists, but the curvy scenic road that makes the Parkway a pleasure to travel can also reduce visibility for both drivers and bicyclists. Parkway staff have partnered with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to promote bicyclist visibility by distributing free bicycle safety lights and vests. Rangers up and down the Parkway, and interpretive rangers at Parkway visitor centers, hand out the lights and vests free of charge to Parkway cyclists. The flashing lights and the high-visibility vests are donated through the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, which was established in the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness, an avid bicyclist.

Visitors are reminded to change lanes to pass bicyclists. Do not pass or change lanes when your view of oncoming traffic is limited.

For more information about the Natchez Trace Parkway Association and the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, please visit www.natcheztrace.org.

Park Ranger Jake Dinkelaker with bicyclist at the Mount Locust Visitor Center in Natchez, Mississippi.
Park Ranger Jake Dinkelaker with bicyclist at the Mount Locust Visitor Center in Natchez, Mississippi.

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