observers tell us these sharrows are everywhere in our (almost) immediate neighbor to the north!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Organizations are welcome to download this document for the purposes of voting support for re-dedicating a single traffic lane over the Ashley River for use by people on foot and on bicycles.
When such a vote is carried out, please send an e-mail to Charleston Moves notifying us that your decision is a matter of record giving us instructions on how to obtain a signed copy of your vote.
In Support of Ashley Bike/Ped-Ped Lane
Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:06 AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Here's how you can join in and become a renter on the Battery2Beach route:
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:16 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 1:48 PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The City of Charleston, SC, named a "Bicycle-Friendly City" by the League of American Bicyclists last year (at the bronze level) got its first downtown bike lanes today. But the City's Traffic and Transportation Department chose to call the lanes Bicycle "Guide Markings" because they don't meet some width guidelines. The lanes are three feet wide and will stretch all the way from East Bay Street, transitioning to John Street to make the connection with King Street, where bicycle traffic is quite heavy.
Nevertheless, it was a cause for some jubilation among forward-thinking folks in the city, and certainly welcome news for the burgeoning number of people opting to travel, at least some of the time, by bicycle.
Mayor Riley himself made the announcement at Chapel Street Fountain Park, even though workmen not far from him were actually painting the stripes. He hailed it as a major advance for the city and hinted at more to come. He specifically mentioned his plan to rededicate one of four northbound lanes on the Legare Bridge over the Ashley River to pedestrians and bicyclists. (That lane even now is used principally as one of two turn lanes leading to southbound Lockwood Boulevard.)
Charleston Moves congratulates the City of Charleston for taking this step. Director Tom Bradford, speaking at the occasion, said he hoped this was the first in many steps toward creating a true grid suitable for use by people on bicycles. He has in the past said the city must work quickly to expand this network of lanes, not as an "amenity" for bicyclists, but as a educational and safety tool necessary for keeping everyone using city streets safe.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 5:10 PM
Posted by Tom Bradford at 7:28 AM
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:21 AM
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Here's the latest on the now-urgent matter of how we can achieve connectivity over the Ashley River in Charleston for people on foot or on bicycles.
The Post and Courier today (Sunday) published a great editorial supporting the idea of taking one of the four lanes on the Legare Bridge over the Ashley.
You can read it by clicking here.
Not only that, but the folks in favor of this plan outnumbered those opposed in a brief poll conducted by the Post and Courier. You can see the results by clicking here.
In the meantime, we're swinging into action to form a coalition to support taking a lane over the Ashley for Bike/ped. It's crucial to everything we're doing: the Battery2Beach Route, the West Ashley Greenway, The East Coast Greenway. You name a bike/ped concern (including the Sabbath-keeping of our Orthodox Jewish community) in Charleston and it's directly affected by this.
We have to win. And we've already started contacting multiple organizations to discuss cooperating with them. We need your input on who should be on the list.
Watch this space. We'll soon launch a Facebook page. It can be the central repository of information about who's committed, what we're doing, a place to sign up, a place to sign a petition, join a team, list your employer.
Don't hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions on the Facebook page or any aspect of this campaign.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 10:40 AM
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Charleston Moves onpasses this note sent out to the Charleston cycling community. We have no further information on this event at the time we posted this entry but will post anything else we get when we get it.
The cousin of a friend of mine was struck by a car last night on King St. where it intersects with Spring. The incident was pretty bad but he is okay with a broken leg and a damaged knee. In a true measure of class the apparently inebriated driver tried to drag him out of the way so he could flee. Fortunately there was a Charleston City police officer there who saw the whole thing and stopped the guy.
I write this because the cyclist, Sam Danner, is from Greer, where he and his family are avid cyclists, but he is relatively new in town. I would like to give the Charleston Cycling community a chance to show their support for any cyclist hit on our streets. I'm sure he would love to hear from all of us wishing him a speedy recovery, and I'm sure his family would love to know that the community in Charleston is looking out for there son.
Here is his email:
HERE'S THE NOTE WE GOT FROM SAM:
Thanks for the kind words and positive thoughts! It's been incredibly inspiring to receive all the supportive comments coming in from Charleston's cycling community and to know there is such a caring group of people here.
Got banged up pretty good in the accident and unfortunately will require surgery to help recover some broken leg bones and knee damage. Police, medical staff and the cycling community have all been supportive throughout the incident and I can't stress enough how much that means to me. I've been in a few crashes in my time, but it was a terrifying experience to be blindsided by a car and good to know there is strong community here willing to offer any help they can in the recovery process. Being fairly new to Charleston I haven't been able to get involved yet in the cycling community as much as I'd like, but I'm glad to know more about Chalreston Moves after spending some time on the site and excited to get recovered and get involved.
Thanks again for reaching out Tom,
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
..the following is an editorial in today's Post and Courier...
The latest setback in our hope to find a safe way for people on foot or on two wheels to cross the Ashley River should not break anyone's resolve to find a solution.
There is an increasing number of cyclists in the Lowcountry just as there is throughout the world. But there is another number, a huge, hidden one: The number of people who would use their bikes or walk for short trips but who are afraid to do so.
There are other important numbers:
--The number of people who don't have cars.
--The number who own cars but want to reduce the amount of gasoline they use.
--The number who would prefer to pedal or walk to work instead of driving.
--The kids who might ride or walk to school.
--The families who would ride or walk around their neighborhoods for the sheer enjoyment and togetherness.
--People who can't use cars on the Sabbath as a matter of their religious belief.
In fact, there are very few among us who have never ridden a bike. Many of us would ride a bike for transportation or pleasure. Many of us understand that the ability to walk or ride a bicycle improves our neighborhoods and our way of life.
Mayor Joe Riley is obliged to keep the pressure on to find a way for people on foot and people on bicycles to cross the Ashley River. He understands what it means to our communities. He also understands that it's critical to the region's competitiveness and economic standing.
He's aware that our neighbor to the north, Greenville, has made great strides in this area, rapidly becoming world-class in opening its streets to more than just cars, in constructing the Swamp Rabbit Trail that links the city with the town of Travelers Rest.
He's aware that many businesses looking for new venues take these things into account, as do people considering jobs with employers like MUSC, Roper-St. Francis, Boeing and its many subcontractors.
It's not just about recreation. It's about transportation choices that can make the greater area Charleston a healthier, happier, more competitive place to live and do business.
(to read it on the Post and Courier web site click here)