Sunday, February 1, 2015

Upstate News Update Winter 2015 Edition

2015 has started off with quite the punch. Old project are moving forward and new projects are starting to rise, contributing to the progress of improving biking in the upstate of the state. Without further ado, here's the latest news:

Doodle Line Trail. Things just keep moving forward for the nationally noted rail trail that will run between the cities of Easley and Pickens. In late 2014, it was reported that the plan for the shared use trail continued to move forward with reports that it might be completed by the summer of 2015. At the end of January, local officials, leaders and the public gathered to celebrate the trail's groundbreaking. The dream of the 7+ mile Doodle Line is becoming a reality. As I've heard it said, a community in motion stays in motion. To stay up on the latest, check out the trail's community-supported facebook page.

Greenville Cycling Book. Ever wondered where are the best rides are in Greenville County? Or need some ideas for a fresh, new ride? Later this month, I'll be reviewing the book Cycling Greenville SC:  Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Bike Touring. I'm looking forward to giving folks an inside scoop about the best rides by a local rider.

Support in Clemson. It seems that there is a grass-roots movement to have a bike trail in Clemson, too. A group of people have come together to support the idea of having something similar to the successful Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville. It's a pretty powerful idea that is gaining support, and the group has their own facebook page. Clemson University has their bike master plan, and the City of Clemson has been developing their own bike plan, too. Perhaps this could be an idea that has some staying power for the college community. 

...and a new bike shop opens in Tiger Town. A new bike shop in Clemson has opened. BikeStreet closed unexpectedly (and almost overnight) leaving a void in the college town this past fall. SouthPaw Cycle opened up in January at the same location on Hwy 93 near the Hwy 123 interchange. Hoping this one is good...and here to stay.

If there's anything I missed, please let me know by posting in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing about the Clemson biking/walking movement, Tanya. I hope those interested in making Clemson more bikable and walkable will come out to our series of public sessions at Clemson City Hall (February 19th, March 23, and May 5th). We'll post updates and times on our Facebook page: