- It's great to see that large numbers of people, especially African-Americans, believe the bridge is helping them toward greater physical fitness
- The bike/pedestrian lane on the bridge is fabulous, but it needs to be interconnected with a network of bicycle and pedestrian options.
- Some officials in the low country get decent marks for good intentions but progress is way too slow. (We're embarrassed to say that Spartanburg and Greenville are ahead of Charleston.)
- The next huge priority is a bike/ped crossing over the Ashley River, then connecting it to the West Ashley Greenway (which itself must be made usable by a wider cross-section of users).
In his remarks, Mr. Beach stressed that the bike and pedestrian lane was not a mere "frill" but an integral part of the Lowcountry transportation network that becomes more crucial as time passes. Echoing the position of Charleston Moves, he urged quicker work on more such facilities by officials.
Ms. Levering said she recognized the bike and pedestrian lane as a crucial addition to the choices people can and should make to maintain and/or improve their health. She pointed to new studies documenting the efficacy of exercise in reducing chances for disease of all kinds.
The news conference was covered by the Post and Courier and by all three Charleston TV network affiliates, Channels 2 WCBD (NBC), 4 WCIV (ABC) and 5 WCBD (CBS).
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