Promoting Cycling & Cycling Safety
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund was established to honor the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness by perpetuating his love for cycling the Natchez Trace Parkway and to make it a safe environment for cyclists.
The Association is working with the Natchez Trace Parkway to study a number of proposals to make the parkway a safer riding environment for cyclists. This fund will help finance projects approved by the parkway to increase motorist awareness of cyclists. The fund will also promote projects to encourage cycling on the parkway.
Dr. Gary Holdiness of Kosciusko, Mississippi was a avid cyclist, who combined his love for the sport with a passion for the Natchez Trace Parkway. He spent numerous hours on the parkway finding relaxation from his medical practice and encouraging others to enjoy the park as a national treasure. While riding on the parkway in 2012, Dr. Holdiness was struck and killed by an automobile. His family and friends created the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund to continue his work of promoting the recreational use of the parkway and to make it a safer environment for others.
With support of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, Public Service Announcements are being aired on television and radio stations in the State of Mississippi.
How You Can Help
1. Contribute. Donations to the fund are used to work with the Natchez Trace Parkway to promote cycling and cycling safety, including studying and improving cycling safety on the road. Click on the “Donate” button on the bottom of the page. Complete page one with your payment information that is sent directly to PayPal, and click the “Review and Continue” button at the bottom of the form. It will take you to a second page where you can leave a message noting that you are restricting your donation to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund. The confirmation letter that you receive from our Treasurer should note that you have restricted your donation to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund. If you have any problems in the donation process, please contact us. You may also mail a check to Natchez Trace Parkway Association, P.O. Box 740425, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Please make the check payable to Natchez Trace Parkway Association and in the “for” area, note “Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund.”
2. Contact Us About Sponsoring A Ride. We are working with cycling clubs to create special rides to raise awareness about the presence of cyclists on the parkway and ways to improve safety.
3. Participate. Join us for one of the rides that contribute to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association.
4. Wear Our T-shirt. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get our t-shirt and spread the message about the importance of sharing the road with cyclists.