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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:39

Putting Haywood on the road-cycling map

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out cyclistA workshop and strategy session on making Haywood County a premier road biking destination will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Waynesville.


It is part of the ongoing project Pedaling to Prosperity, aimed at advancing the road biking potential of the region and identifying the economic impact of road biking.

Help identify the existing assets for cyclists and brainstorm strategies to create new bicycle-related, economic development tourism opportunities.

Some questions to ponder include: Where is our version of the Virginia Creeper Trail? How can we market the Blue Ridge Parkway to cyclists? What are our most successful cycling events? Have you ever heard of an “s24o?” (Hint: it stands for “Sub-24 Hour Overnight” and involves a short bike-camping trip.)

Non-cyclists are encouraged to attend, especially those from the business and tourism communities interested in putting Haywood on the map as a road biking paradise. 

 The project is sponsored by BicycleHaywoodNC through grants provided by the Southwestern Commission, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. 

Held at the Haywood County Ag Center on Raccoon Road. 

Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V5D3MF3.

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