Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bike to School part 2

Ok, since a picture is what really makes the point...check this out! I stand corrected:
The photo in the previous post was just from a meet the teacher day at Mt Pleasant Academy - not even the first day of school.
Thanks to local Realtor and Old Village resident Reggie Fairchild (credit for both photos), you can see what the first day of school really looked like. Mt. Pleasant Academy MOVES!

Back to School Biking Fever

If you haven't been out on Coleman Blvd or on Center Street between 7 and 7:30 am, you may not have noticed that there is a quiet revolution going on. As the doors opened at the new Moultrie Middle and Mt Pleasant Academy, students were ready and eager to embrace their community schools once more. The new bike racks at both schools have been overflowing! I don't have great recent pictures and this image is relatively low-turn out on the first day of school but you get the point. I encourage more coverage and documentation of this phenomenon. Kids are biking across over Shem Creek, down all the side streets in Old Mt Pleasant and the Old Village. It is amazing. (We should photograph comparison bike racks at Wando and Cario and elsewhere to demonstrate what a difference complete street networks make.)

And while it is hard to document the changes, I've noticed significant additional benefits of increased community interaction in the neighborhood. Kids recognize one another from their foot/bike commutes and are gathering in the afternoons turning some quiet block streets into bustling public realms with bike games, pick up basketball fun and more. Anyone who doubted that bike access is sorely needed throughout our area take heed! These cyclists are a new generation who use their bikes as a form of transportation. They are willing to risk somewhat unsafe routes. With new bike lanes and safe street designs, our community will be filled with healthier, happier, less-polluting commuters of all ages. Go kids! Lead the charge!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

No-car Saturday for some New York Streets

August 15, 2009 19:24 EDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a no-car Saturday for some streets in New York City.

Seven miles of road, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, has been vehicle-free today, in an effort to promote bicycling.

Despite the dangers of dodging cars, trucks, cabs, pedestrians and other bicycles, cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in New York.

City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the number of cyclist has jumped by 80 percent in the past decade to 185,000 pedal pushers.

Sadik-Khan says a lot of people still consider it "an act of bravery" to ride a bicycle in New York. But she says the city has become more bicycle friendly in recent years, with hundreds of miles of marked bike paths created, safety awareness campaigns and even handouts of some 23,000 free helmets.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Never too young!

Roper Hospital, Calhoun St., Charleston, S.C.

Roper Hospital Learning Center students participated in a trike-a-thon on 8/10/09, raising funds for the Start! American Heart Walk.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Don't Just Think About It!

According to Eugene at Imabug, these colorful murals were painted on one of the stairwells of the MUSC parkade at President and Bee St. to encourage people to do a little more physical activity and get moving. Love them!