Pedal the Parkway returns to Hampton Roads this weekend for 21st year

Pedal the Parkway is a free and open to the public.

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Pedestrians will have the right of way Saturday on the Colonial Parkway.

An 8-mile stretch of the parkway will be closed for the 21st annual Pedal the Parkway, according to a news release from Colonial National Historical Park. The Colonial National Historical Parkway is situated alongside Interstate-64 and touches Newport News.

The parkway will be closed from Jamestown to Williamsburg between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. so cyclists, walkers and joggers can get out and exercise without having to worry about traffic.

Pedal the Parkway is a free and open to the public.

There will be an aid station and bike shops on hand for mechanical issues, according to event presenter BikeWalk Williamsburg. The nonprofit anticipates about 1,000 people will participate in Pedal the Parkway.

There will also be a rest area where participants can get refreshments at Archer’s Hope, according to CNHP.

While the length of the segment is 8 miles, guests can turn around at any point and head back to the starting area.

Participants can also complete multiple laps.

There will be a free helmet giveaway for children at the Jamestown end of the Pedal the Parkway route.

The event will be held rain or shine. The National Weather Service projects a high temperature of around 80 degrees Saturday.

Parking is available at Jamestown Settlement and at Newport Avenue.

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