Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bike Planning: What's going on

There are several bike planning initiatives that are going on in the Upstate. The cities of Greenville, Spartanburg, and Easley are currently working on expanding their bicycle facilities. The City of Clemson is redeveloping their streetscape, and has also determined that future bike planning efforts will take place.

The City of Spartanburg, which located about half an hour from the North Carolina border, is working on improving the area's bicycle facilities through the Bike Town initiative and website. Bike Town is a collaborative, grassroots effort to improve Spartanburg's designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The program started in 2005, and has been continuously supported by the community.

The City of Greenville, which is located about 2.5 hours from Atlanta and Charlotte and southwest of Spartanburg, has a initiative to increase ridership, expand biking infrastructure and provide educational resources that will enable cyclists and motorist to share the road. Bikeville is a program and website to build the bicycle master plan for the area.

The City of Easley, which is 10 miles west of Greenville, has started a plan to provide more bicycle facilities to provide safe, energy-efficient, healthy transportation and recreation infrastructure and activities. In 2008 the Mayor established a committee to work towards making Easley a Bicycle Friendly community, and community members are working with consultants to provide direction for future plans.

The City of Clemson, which is about 15 miles south of Easley, has been working on redeveloping their downtown. As a part of this planning process, the city has recognized the need for improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In the future, the City will be building upon their existing lanes, paths and trails.

Are there other communities that are improving their bicycle infrastructure or providing educational resources to their riders? I would love to know! Please feel free to leave a post below.

As communities in the area continue to recognize the value of bicycling, paths, trails and other facilities in the area will continue to grow!

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