State ‘Motorcycle Virginia’ Effort Boosts Motorcycling in the Commonwealth

VCOM’s McGrath, Cannon Serve on Steering Committee Promoting Motorcycling, Tourism

All of us in VCOM have always known it: Virginia is a great place to ride. We’ve long encouraged fellow motorcyclists, both in Virginia and elsewhere, to enjoy our state’s natural beauty, good roads, and diverse attractions. More motorcyclists on Virginia’s roads is a win for motorcycling and a win for business and the economy.

Now, the Commonwealth of Virginia has joined in our efforts.

Marketing our state to motorcyclists as an attractive place to ride is an important initiative undertaken by state government. A new committee chaired by Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Robert Crouch was formed this past spring (2004) to look at ways various state agencies and private organizations concerned with motorcycling can work together to make Virginia a “better ride.” Tom McGrath and Jim Cannon are serving on the committee, along with representatives from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Police, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Motor Sports Coalition, and others.

Work is in the early stages. This summer bumper stickers declaring “Motorcycle Virginia” began appearing. Also in development are suggested routes for scenic, historic and other rides and a calendar of bike related events statewide.

Check this site for more news from Motorcycle Virginia. (August 2004)