Monday, November 25, 2013

Upstate News Update

I'm a little behind the times on this one, but there has been a flurry (excuse the pun - it's supposed to be cold the next few days) of bike planning activity. Some of it has been posted on this blog, while others have been in the local news. It's been great to hear that the interest in making better places for folks to bike in the upstate continues. Let's get a round up of what's been taking place this fall:

Greenville County has been busy promoting several projects for updates to a  biking and walking master plan. The Greenville News reported that the local BikeWalk Greenville group has taken action to improving local connections, intersections and routes for people to walk and bike in the community. Proposed improvements include more along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, along Haywood Road and the intersection at Wade Hampton Boulevard and Pleasantburg Drive.

Earlier this month, the cities of Easley and Pickens came together to host a public workshop for the Doodle Line Trail.  Over 100 people came out - despite Clemson University's Thursday Night's home football game was going on at the same time. Didn't make it out, and still want to have your voice be heard? Fill out the Doodle Line Feasibility questionnaire. Not sure on the date to submit it to either City Hall, so try to do it before the end of the first week of December. The Doodle Line is a 8.5 old rail line that will be converted to a shared path (think the Rails to Trails program). This event was the latest in the over-year-long process to bring some life back to the once-vibrant route.

One event that I didn't get to due to being under the weather, but I had planned on attending, was the Upstate Women's Forum. Held in Greer, the inau"girl" event was an evening of discussing women's cycling issues, networking and, in imagine, a fun time. (If someone who attended would be interesting in doing a guest blogpost, let me know! I think it would be great to share the experience with those who were unable to attend!) Events like this to bring women of the Upstate together is important to building stronger bridges and coalition. I look forward to the next event held under this name.

Clemson University hosted their second Bike Week. It was great to see the University continue to support and host events around bike education, repairs and fun! Students from across campus participated in the various events. One of the newer events was focused on teaching the students how to use the bike repair station.  

If there's an event I missed, please let me know. It's great that the excitement continues to build in making the upstate a more bicycle-friendly place.

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