Bikers, start your engines for a motorcycle tour of Virginia's lost communities

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 8, 2007 – The Virginia Tech Community Design Assistance Center in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, will host its first Lost Tour of Virginia--a motorcycle tour through picturesque communities and winding roads that time forgot--on Saturday, July 28.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and proceeds will fund the publication of the book recounting the history of these communities, Lost Communities of Virginia.

Registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Blacksburg Community Center (725 Patrick Henry Drive).

From 10-11 a.m., participants can enjoy breakfast during welcoming remarks by Bob Crouch, Virginia Governor's Motorcycle Advisory Council Chair; a presentation of highlights along the route by Terri Fisher, co-author of Lost Communities of Virginia and Community Design Assistance Center outreach coordinator; and event safety tips by Keith Lindgren, president of the Motorcycle Safety League of Virginia, Inc.

Riders will depart at staggered intervals between 11 a.m. and noon. Between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., riders will return for provided snacks, to roam vendor booths, bid in a silent auction, and judge motorcycles. Dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation by Dale Coyner, motorcycle enthusiast and author of many books, including Motorcycle Journeys through the Appalachians. The evening concludes with door prizes, raffles, auction results, and ride prizes.

Registration is $25 per rider and $5 per passenger, and includes breakfast, post-ride snacks, and a program/route map. Dinner and Coyner's presentation is $15 per person; and t-shirts are $15.

To pre-register and lodging information, visit For information, contact the Community Design Assistance Center at (540) 231-5644, send e-mail to, or drop by center at 101 South Main Street, Suite 2, in Blacksburg.

The Community Design Assistance Center provides planning and design assistance--such as conceptual open space master plans and greenway designs, landscape designs for outdoor learning opportunities, rain garden designs that reduce and filter storm water run-off, and conceptual architectural designs that incorporate aspects of "green" architecture, such as green roofs and sustainable materials--to communities and non-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth that are unable to afford the services of a private consultant, or are not ready to hire a consultant.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of three schools and the Department of Art and Art History, part of the multi-college School of the Arts. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint school of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering, includes programs in building construction and construction management. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 25 degrees taught by 160 faculty members.