Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rolling Bike Summit Round Up

Last month I participated in the first ever South Carolina Bike Summit. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition took an innovative approach by taking the Summit across the state to Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, Aiken, Blufton/Hilton Head and Charleston. Taking an opportunity to get to Spartanburg, was nice to see a part of the Upstate that I'm less familiar with. I met some new people, including a member of the PCC Board of Directors.

At the Summit, I had a chance to talk about some of the great bike-related things that have been progressing at Clemson University. The Bicycle Friendly University Program was the speaking topic, as there are several colleges near Spartanburg including Wofford College and Converse College. Clemson University has been designated a "BFU" at the Bronze Level. The program, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclist, is a way to help colleges implement bicycle-related improvements on campus. The improvements can be things like better bike racks or more bike lanes, safety campaigns or education outreach programs. The program rewards college campuses across the country with recognizing those who focus on making improvements.

Speaking at the Summit in Spartanburg

I talked about the BFU application process, and how it brought departments and offices across the University together. The 70+ question application was free to complete, but took quite a bit of research and effort to complete. Becoming a BFU is not a given, and a college has to have a proven track record. Clemson University was honored to recieve the designation on our first try at the application.

The Palmetto Cycling Coalition tracked the support, stories and events of the Rolling Bike Summit on Twitter and Instragram. Check out the hashtag #scbikesummit to review the great ways the biking community came together across the state. Thanks to the PCC for putting on the event, all the local hosts and those that came out to make the Summit a success!

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