South Carolina is a stunning state, blessed with sunshine, lush greenery, and captivating charm. It's no surprise that it has become a popular destination for cyclists of all levels, from novice riders to experienced professionals. In July 2020, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Charleston to commemorate Edwin Gardner, an advocate for cycling who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident while biking through the city. This event was followed by the League of American Cyclists recognizing Charleston as a “bicycle-friendly community.” Unfortunately, this recognition was followed by more heartbreaking accidents, including the death of cyclist Dr.
Mitchell Hollon. Bicycle collisions are often underreported, but it's estimated that an average of 15 bicycle-related deaths occur in South Carolina annually. When it comes to outdoor recreation, South Carolina has always been a top destination. The University of South Carolina was recently honored as a bicycle-friendly university by the League of American Cyclists.
The co-founder of Holy City Bike Co-op and president of the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is delighted to see that the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) has started adding paint bands to bicycle lanes during resurfacing projects. Four other cities in South Carolina (Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston) have also been recognized as bicycle-friendly communities by the League of American Cyclists. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition has worked with all designated bicycle-friendly communities (BFC) in South Carolina to help them achieve their respective status. Greenville is the only city in South Carolina with staff positions dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian issues and infrastructure.
They are also the only city that has hired professional consultants to develop a master plan focused solely on bicycle access and safety. In conclusion, South Carolina is becoming increasingly bike friendly. With its sunny weather and picturesque scenery, it's no wonder that cyclists from all over flock to the state for its many trails and bike paths. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or an adrenaline-filled adventure, South Carolina has something for everyone.