Sunday, December 8, 2013

BITU's Third Anniversary

Three Years. This blog on this little corner of the internet started just three years ago, and I had no idea where this journey would lead. Starting out I was bicycle advocate and trained planner recently moved from the Midwest – Madison, WI specifically. I had hailed from the land of bicycle-friendly streets, businesses, and culture. Inspired by my personal and professional experience, I wanted to a place to explore what biking in the Upstate meant. Three years later this blog is still going strong, and I’ve had some great opportunities to meet some great people and further the development of bike facilities in the Upstate.

The journey has been fun, and it’s been great to have you along the way. It’s important to note that the number of communities, activities and events supporting bike riding has increased over the last several years. Some may point to the success of the City of Greenville’s Master BikePlan as the kick-off for bike-related successes in the Upstate. With the development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a number of bicycle-related businesses and programs, it would be hard to disagree. And this kind of success is spreading with the continued planning efforts for the Doodle Line Trail that would run between the cities of Pickens and Easley. What other routes could connect communities like Seneca, Walhalla, Anderson and Pelzer? What other entrepreneurs will be inspired to start their own business related to bicycles? 

I hope that you’ll continue to join me in the months to come and enjoy this pedal-powered journey.

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