Charleston joins Columbia and Spartanburg as “bike friendly” cities in South Carolina. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley adopted a plan from the League of American Bicyclists to express the significance of becoming a bicycle friendly community. Riley has formed a task force to coordinate bicycle planning and promotions with the community and city government. One message the veteran mayor wants to get across is for motorists to share the road to reduce safety hazards for these cyclists.
On May 20th, cyclists peddled into downtown Charleston to participate in the worldwide “Ride of Silence” that honors cyclists injured or killed while riding. Cyclists took a six and a half hour bike ride through downtown Charleston to remind drivers to share the road. Cyclist Jane West was there.
“When there’s a bicycle on the road, give them some space and be careful, ya know, we’re out here because we love to ride but it’s a great exercise. But, a lot of people are out here just because it’s a great form of transportation. It would be great if people didn’t have to be afraid to ride their bikes,” says West.
Other cities in the state that participated in the “Ride of Silence” were Rock Hill, Columbia, and Hilton Head.
Mayor Riley announced May as Bicycle Month in the City of Charleston.