Thursday, December 6, 2012

Upstate News Update, December 2012

My, how time flies! The last Upstate News Update was in August, and since it's now December, let's get updated with some of the great bike-related things that have happened.

City of Rock Hill. This fall, the City of Rock Hill was designated as a "bicycle-friendly" community, and won an award at the bronze level. Rock Hill joins other communities like Greenville and Hilton Head as being part of South Carolina's few officially recognized bicycle-friendly communities.

Doodle Line Update. Interest in developing a bike path on an old railroad line in between Pickens and Easley is moving forward. The 8.5 mile path would be similar to the Swamp Rabbit Trail that's enjoyed by many, providing a safe, fun place for people to walk and ride their bikes. A feasibility study is being completed to get a better understanding of the issues, cost and economic development boost it would bring to the two cities. A facebook page in support of the effort  has also been developed.

PELCOR Initiative. The Pickens, Easley and Liberty Corridor (PELCOR) has recently been awarded a substantial sum to implement the Town Creek Park plan. The plan aims to transform the 100-acre parcel of land into a great off-road bicycle facility. The park is one of three facilities that will be built in the PELCOR area for mountain bike riders of all abilities and skill levels.

City of Greenville. Bike share is coming to the City of Greenville. B-Cycle will launch this Spring 2013 with support from Upstate Forever and Greenville Hospital System. The same company operates the bike share program in Spartanburg. (Time to build a path between the two, right?)

City of Clemson. The City of Clemson continues to move forward with their bike plan. Some of the plan sections have been presented to the Planning Commission. Earlier in 2012, the community was invited to participate in an online bike survey. Stay tuned to the City of Clemson website for more information about the plan.

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