Since the early 1800’s, bicycling has served as a mode of transportation for many. For cities like Charleston, bicycles are a popular way to get around. Michael Maher with the Charleston Civic Design Center says there’s a revolution underway.
“As the culture of bicycling and thinking about the way in which we live our lives, I think it’s become a more common way of thinking about living in Charleston, and getting around in Charleston. It’s a healthier way of living, a more economical way of living, and also a more sustainable way of living,” says Maher.
Maher says bikes are no longer just for fun, but a way of life. They are, in some ways, a primary means of transportation. Maher says Charleston is a primary example of this.
“I think what we want to do is try to advance Charleston in a much more proactive way to be a demonstration on how bicycling can be incorporated into our transportation system in a much more active way, but also a much more integrated way,” says Maher.
This week, Maher says they are conducting a lecture series to raise the awareness of bicycling across America.
“Revolution on 2 Wheels is our Spring lecture series, it’s a lecture series that is produced by The Charleston Civic Design Center and the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston. This lecture series is focusing on the transformation of bicycling culture and how it’s starting to really become a force and the way we think about cities and how we live in cities,” says Maher.
The lecture series begins in Charleston this Thursday.