News & Updates – Active & Public Transit
B-Cycle Bike Share Program Launched Spring 2013
Launched in the spring of 2013 Greenville B-cycle is a local bike sharing program formed by a partnership between Upstate Forever and Greenville Health System aimed at providing residents with an active way to get around town and keep our community green. There are 6 bike stations, with 28 bikes, spaced throughout downtown Greenville. Residents have a variety of options including an annual rental for $60, a weekly membership of $15, and a 24 hour $5 membership.
The annual and weekly memberships can be purchased online, while the daily membership can be purchased with a credit card at one of the bike station kiosks. The instructions at the kiosk are simple and easy to use. Using a B-cycle bike is as simple as select, bike, and return to any one of the six B-cycle stations. Annual members create a profile on the B-cycle website and are issue a B-card that can be used to unlock the bikes without logging into the kiosk.
The B-cycle program makes use of GPS technology in order to track the bikes and the bikes make use of innovative technology to track and record distance, calories burned, and duration for all bike users with profiles on the website.
Nicholtown Spinners: Engaging Community Through New Youth Cycling Club
In the early summer of 2012, the opportunities for youth engagement in the Nicholtown Community are flourishing. With the formation of the Nicholtown Spinners Youth Cycling Club, 15+ middle-school aged boys and girls have been given the opportunity to explore Greenville through weekly group bicycle rides. To learn more about their adventures and to see photos of what the Nicholtown Spinners are involved in, please follow their facebook page.
Walking and Biking to School
A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has shown that kids who walk and/or ride their bikes to school, may do better in the classroom: http://www.ivillage.com/walking-school-could-improve-your-kids-test-scores/6-a-305176
New Swamp Rabbit Trail Maps Available
Hot off the presses! More than 13,000 new Swamp Rabbit Trail maps are now available at both the Travelers Rest and Greenville City Halls. Stop by and pick up maps for yourself and your business.
Growing support for SRTS in Greenville
Safe Routes to School “Travel Plans” Awarded to 2 Greenville Schools
The Sterling School (Charles Townes Center) and Stone Academy were selected to particpate in the first round of Travel Plans offered by the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center. The SCSRTS Resource Center will provide two consultants (one planner and one engineer) to help develop a Travel Plan for a school. The Travel Plan is a comprehensive short and long term plan for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure. It will include recommendations for education and encouragement activities to promote safety for walkers and bikers, as well as suggestions related to specific stretches of sidewalks, pedestrian street crossings, etc. This can be a valuable resource for a school, as it can serve as a basis for funding and is a way or a community to organize their plans for infrastructure projects.
LiveWell Greenville Goes National
LiveWell Greenville was featured at the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit, held March 8-10 in Washington DC. Amy Ryberg-Doyle, Greenville City Councilwoman and expert panelist at the Summit, took along a video about the coalition, its partners and its support of bike friendly communities.
Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) will host several webinars this year through the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). Unless noted otherwise, all webinars will be held in Conference Room D of County Square, 301 University Ridge in Greenville. GPATS is offering these APBP webinars to attendees at no cost. To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More bike lanes for Greenville County
Over the last 6 months, Greenville County’s miles of bike lanes have increased. With “road diet” projects on East North Street and Washington Street in the City of Greenville and the increase in shoulder width and striping on Forrester Drive, Corn Road and Butler Road in Mauldin, Greenville’s residents who enjoy biking for recreation and for transportation have more options. Kudos to the City Council representatives, Mayors, city administrators and planners for the commitment to active transportation and for supporting community enhancements that help residents live well!
Safe Routes to School programs can provide the residents of Greenville with an opportunity to LiveWell by working to form environments that support active transportation andencourage more children to walk and bicycle to school. In addition to increasing opportunities for exercise, Safe Routes to School programs also serve to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance a strong sense of community. Learn More
Bikeville is the City of Greenville’s bicycle friendly community initiative. The goal of Bikeville is to increase ridership, encourage bicycle use, expand bicycling facilities, and provide useful educational resources to bicyclists and motorists.
The City of Greenville has been designated a Bronze “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists and is actively pursuing several bicycling and greenway trail projects.
Our E-Newsletter provides updates and information about our ongoing efforts to encourage bicycling and walking for recreation and transportation. You’ve received this e-newsletter because you’ve either signed up on the City’s Website, requested information in the past regarding bicycling or greenway projects or signed-up at one of our recent events.
The City uses this format to provide periodic updates about various bicycle infrastructure and greenway projects and events. Expect to receive one monthly update, unless we have breaking news! We look forward to sharing a lot of exciting information with you as we work to make the City of Greenville a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community!
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