On July 31, 2008, Jesse Gamble tragically lost his life while riding his bicycle home from work in Columbia on the Blossom Street bridge. In honor of the wonderful and talented person that Jesse was, the PCC worked with the South Carolina Legislature to pass a resolution dedicating the Blossom Street bridge in memory of Jesse. Yesterday, this resolution passed, thus naming the bike lanes on the bridge "Jesse's Way."
We are now working with the SCDOT to have appropriate signs erected on the bridge, and we are looking forward to having Jesse's family recognized at the Statehouse in honor of this momentous occasion.
A special thanks to James Smith and his staff for introducing and pushing this bill, and to the several Senators and Representatives who supported it.
Make a difference this Earth Day by bike
Commute by bike! In metro areas, 65% of trips under one mile are taken by car (2001 NHTS). Consider taking your next short trip by bike. It will make a difference in reducing the amount of pollutants emitted in our air. It will also reduce the amount of cars on our roadways, which in the long-run translates as fewer resources spent on road construction. And it helps reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, one of Earth's finite natural resources.
Burn calories to reduce global warming. According to a new study, thinner people contribute less to global warming: "...[A] 19 percent increase in food consumption translates into an increase of 270 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions." And what better way to burn those calories than by bike. On average a 130 pound cyclist burns 402 calories while riding 14 miles in an hour.
The PCC has been working with the Governor's office to have May recognized as bike month. Much to our delight, earlier this week Governor Sanford issued a proclamation stating that May 2009 is Bike Month in South Carolina!