Parks Partnerships & Resources

"Adventure Cycling's technical expertise and insight into the bicycling community has made them a valued partner to the Natchez Trace Parkway's Share the Parkway campaign." –Terry Wildy, Natchez Trace Parkway 

Is your park looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion, improve its bicycling opportunities and increase visitation by bicycle? Adventure Cycling can help your park achieve its goals through collaborating on bicycling initiatives such as: 

  • Improving bicycle safety and road conditions
  • Offering car-free opportunities and Bike Your Park Day rides
  • Providing bicycle camping
  • Tracking bicycle visitation
  • Designating U.S. Bicycle Routes through parks
  • Adding amenities like bike parking and repair stations  
  • Creating effective communications to reach the bicycling community

We partner with national and state parks on projects to improve bicycling safety, accessibility, services, infrastructure, and policy. Adventure Cycling and the National Park Service signed a memorandum of understanding which opens the door for individual park units to partner with us. We are also working with interested state park systems and other public land management agencies.

Email Saara at to discuss partnership opportunities. 

Resources for Parks

Bicycling Best Practices

Bicycle Camping


Bike Your Park Day

Bike Your Park Day is an annual event that inspires thousands of people to bike in or to their parks and public lands on the same day – the last Saturday in September. Rides can be any distance and any type of biking that’s permitted (road, mountain, gravel, etc.). Find resources to plan, register, and promote your ride at

Learn more about previous Bike Your Park Day events with the 20182017, and 2016 reports.

Car-Free Opportunities

Car-free events are a significant way that parks can offer a safe space for people of all ages and abilities to experience the park by bicycle. "Car-free" means that the park either takes advantage of a road closure (typically for plowing) or temporarily shuts down a section of a park road and allows only non-motorized use (except for park staff vehicles and emergency vehicles). 

For guidance on how your park can offer a car-free experience, download the NPS Active Transportation Guidebook (under Biking Best Practices header above) and read Chapter 7. 

“Biking in Glacier is a premier experience, yet the park knew little about its biking community. Adventure Cycling provided access to the viewpoints of cyclists and information about what makes for good cycling conditions.” –Phil Wilson, Glacier National Park 

Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Shenandoah National Park; Photo 3 by Natchez Trace Parkway Association