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Riding for Awareness

It was a beautiful day for a ride and for a good reason – to make our community aware of the need to connect, for those who prefer to travel by bicycle, our islands, Folly,Isle of Palms and Sullivans to Downtown Charleston.And by doing so, connecting the surrounding cities of James Island and Mt Pleasant. Charleston Moves led by Tom Bradford and with the savy social marketing expertise provided by Obviouslee Marketing made a base hit Saturday. Hopefully we can look forward to additional regular hits
using this format. In time this could become a home run once a month for the cause and for the community of cyclists.

The article below appeared in The Post and Courier, Riding for awareness, article by, David Quick on Monday, November 1, 2010.

“On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning, two groups of cyclists–one departing from Isle of Palms County Park and another from Folly Beach County Park–set out to converge on The Battery’s White Point Garden for a Charleston Moves awareness ride for its Battery2Beach route.

Charleston Moves, the area’s nonprofit dedicated to making local roads safer for bikes and pedestrians, launched the effort to create the route earlier this year. It is helping raise money through Rent the Route Campaign, which asks people to pay $100 to “rent” a quarter-mile of the route.

About 50 riders met on the Battery after riding from either Isle of Palms County Park or Folly Beach County Park Saturday morning. it was part of Charleston Moves “Ride the Route” event.

About 50 cyclists of all ages participated in the rides to show support for the route, as well as safer roads in general.

Charleston Moves volunteer director Tom Bradford said establishing the route goes beyond the route itself.

“The first step is getting the broader community focused on the wisdom of this thing,” Bradford said. “This is about a much broader conversation about how we make all of our roads. It’s about quality communities and alternative forms of transportation.”

The route remains a work in progress, as are retrofitting many of the existing roads in Charleston and is specific in some areas and general in areas that are downright hostile to bikes now, such as the Fort Johnson Road corridor–which connects bike lanes on Harborview and Folly roads.

Bradford adds that the route represents more than a safe way to connect six different municipalities and even more business districts. He called Battery2Beach a “spine, concept, talking point and rallying point.”

“The big challenge is getting across the Ashley River, whether it’s a retrofit to Legare bridge or a free-standing bike and pedestrian bridge,” Bradford said.

“The bigger conversation is about our roads and about what you can do on our roads,” Bradford said. “I hope the Battery2Beach conversation sparks real creative thought about what Folly Road is. Folly Road is still a rural highway, but now it’s in an urban area. So they (officials) have got to basically rethink Follty Road.”

Charleston Moves board member Cathy Nixon addressed the crowd at the Battery and noted that the area deserves better bike and pedestrian facilities.

“We have a beautiful city. It’s an incredible place,” said Nixon. “We can do better and make it safer for lots more people on bikes.”

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Posted: November 1st, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Ride the Route, Saturday, October 30th

Details for “Ride the Route” event on Saturday, October 30th
Posted by Tom Bradford
NOTE: Please forward this post to anyone you think might be interested in riding the B2B route with us on Saturday!

Only a few more days until the first “Ride the Route” group ride takes place! For those of you who are new to Charleston Moves or the Battery2Beach concept, Battery2Beach is a bike route put together by the fine people at Charleston Moves that connects Isle of Palms to downtown to Folly Beach. “Ride the Route” is the first of hopefully many group rides that Charleston Moves will put together on the Battery2Beach route.

Details for Saturday, October 30th, 2010:

All participates will convene at the Folly location (Click HERE for directions) or the Isle of Palms location (Click HERE for directions) between 9:30-9:50 a.m. to prepare for departure at 10:00 a.m. Each location with have a route leader that will insure safe riding all the way to the end point at the Battery at White Point Gardens (Click HERE for directions).

Riders are encouraged to join-in on the ride at any point on the route (See places and times on the route you can join at the very bottom of this post). Please remember, you will not only have to ride to the battery, you will also have to ride back to your start location so keep that in mind when deciding where to start on the route.

The after-party will take place at the Vendue Rooftop Bar at 25 Vendue Range. All participants will be encouraged to attend and enjoy lunch, New Belgium Beer (a percentage of proceeds will go to Charleston Moves) and live music provided by Corey Webb and friends.

T-shirts will be sold for $15 each and bumper stickers will also be available for purchase for $1. All proceeds go to Charleston Moves and will be used to continue improving the B2B route!

B2B BUMPER STICKERS $1

Charleston Moves T-shirt $15

Ride from Isle of Palms:
Leave County Park – Beach………………..10:00am
Sullivan’s Island – Ben Sawyer……………..10:20am
Mt Pleasant Farmers Market……………….10:40am
Base of Ravenel Bridge – Mt Pleasant……10:50am
Base of Ravenel Bridge – Charleston……..11:00am
White Point Gardens – Battery…………….11:15am
…with the back of the group cruising in behind those times
Ride from Folly Beach:
Folly Beach County Park – Beach…………10:00am
Stiles Point Elementary School…………….10:40am
Maybank/Folly – shopping center…………..11:00am
West Ashley Greenway………………………11:05am
Charleston Marina (lockwood)……………….11:10am
White Point Gardens – Battery……………..11:20am
…with the back of the group cruising in behind those times

Posted: October 27th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

”Shrimp is the food of the sea”- Bubba

Bubba talking to Forrest about shrimp while shining their shoes in the Army, “Shrimp is the food of the sea. You can barbeque it, boil it, broil it, bake it , saute’ it.There’s ah shrimp kabob, shrimp creole,shrimp gumbo, pan-fried, deep-fried,stir-fried.There’s ah pineaple shrimp,lemon shrimp,coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp…(Forrest-”cave shrimp”)..Shrimp salad,shrimp and potatoes,shrimp burgers ..(Forrest-”cave shrimp”)…That’s,that’s about it”.From the movie- “Forrest Gump”.One of my favorite lines but not complete without “shrimp and grits”.Any other shrimp dishes missing?

J-Rod Sewell of Team Magwood,suppliers of the freshest heads on shrimp in Mt Pleasant says “Teamwork will make the dream work”.
Great quote from a sucessful shrimper.Lets hear your best quote.

Posted: October 23rd, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

East Bay St. Bike/Ped Sign

East Bay St - Bike/Ped Path

Posted: October 14th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

The new bicycle ordinance has eliminated the requirement for a for a sign to be posted where cyclists and pedestrians share a path.It now says it has to be designated by the traffic and Transportation Dept.as a shared use path measuring 8′. However, there are two signs posted on the East Bay sidewalk which are needed.The photo above was taken from the corner of Chapel St. and East Bay looking North. I surveyed the other two roads, Lockwood and Murray Blvd. whose sidewalks have been designated by the traffic and transportation department as shared-use paths. The Murray Blvd. sidewalk is difficult to walk on because of the uneveness of the surface, much less ride a bike. However, the Lockwood section which goes from the marina to Broad St. is not signed but is designated and can be used. Mentioned today to Janie Borden, legal dept. for the city, that it would make sense to have a sign there because visitors who come to Charleston by boat may be better off riding their bikes on the sidewalk rather than Lockwood. She asked me to send the photo of the sign to her which she would pass on to the Traffic and Transportation Dept.

Posted: October 14th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Charleston Bicycle Ordinance – update

The new ordinance which is posted below on this page revised the former bicycle ordinance as it pertains to licenses according to the legal department at the city. The former ordinance which is still showing at this time on the city web site says”… bicycles shall be registered….” whereas the new ordinance says “…bicycles may be registered…”.
Though registeration is not required for your bicycle ,if it is stolen you will need to prove to city police dept. that you own the bike. For $1.00 it seems like a prudent thing to do if you live down town or ride there often.
Update regarding bicycles on sidewalks in the pennisula city according to the legal dept at the city:
presently there are three sidewalks where bikes are permitted, not two as reported. The addition is at the Battery on the harbor side of the street from White Point Gardens to the Coast Guard Station.
Also,the section from the Ravenel starts where the delineated white stripe stops (corner of E. Bay and Cooper St.) and goes for .55 miles to the corner of E. Bay and Chapel St.There is a sign at the start and finish with a picture of a bike and the words “yield to pedestrians”.

Posted: October 12th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

I spoke with Janie Borden, Assist. Corporation Counsel for the City Of Charleston Legal Department on Friday regarding the bicycle and sidewalk ordinance. It was not in print form and available for the public at that time; however, she promised to send it to me by Monday, Oct 11, 2010 which she has done. Please find it below this post. She said only two sidewalks in the peninsula have been delegated for bicycle and pedestrians, Lockwood Ave. from Brittlebank Park to its end except for the area under the James Island parkway (which is below the required eight foot width and requires dismounting) and East Bay St. from the Ravenel Bridge to where ever the sidewalk narrows to less than eight feet. This sidewalk is 12′ wide from the start at the Ravenel to the Texico station.The ordinance also states that signs will identify sidewalks that are permitted for bicycle use.
All the personnel I’ve communicated with at the city on this matter have been most helpful. I believe Joe Riley and the city really wants to get these issues with the bicycle community right. I urge all those who are interested in bringing about a change to let the city leaders know your concerns, as any changes may affect others for generations to come. Appreciate the efforts of Charleston Moves in this matter and the good example they have set by pressing forward but with a spirit of cooperation and courtesy. What do you think about this ordinance? Is it fair ? Do we need more rules?

Posted: October 11th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Charleston Bicycle Ordinance

BICYCLE ORDINANCES READING VIEW

Posted: October 11th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Jan Lewis

Posted: October 9th, 2010 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Alex’s Heroes

Twelve months before she placed the back tire of her Trek bike in the Pacific Ocean, Jan Lewis of Summerville started training to fulfill a dream of riding 3,460 miles across America. Initially she rode her bicycle 20–40 miles per week, but eventually increased to around 150 before the start of her adventure.

I met Jan on a Coastal Cyclist ride, months after her 12 month training started. Finding it hard to ride with her and carry on a conversation, I fell back in the pack and spoke with Norm, her husband. He was proud and eager to tell of her plans. Last Saturday(about a year after we met), we crossed paths again.

She shared the story of her 43-day trip with me. It started on May 9th with 20 others riding from the Pacific Ocean, through the desert, over the Rocky Mountains, across the Great Plains, over the Appalachian Mountains, past trucks and speeding cars, to the shining Atlantic Ocean outside Boston. For 11 consecutive days, she averaged over 90 miles a day. Pretty amazing for a lady who turned 66 on Route 66. What a birthday party she had with her fellow riders that evening.

But it wasn’t all a piece of cake. Most days she was the last one to make it back to the motel, at times an hour after the others had arrived. But she continued on, often alone. The day before the final ride to Boston, she approached the motel to find other riders waiting for her, clapping and cheering. The fondest memories were of friendships she formed along the way.

She had the support of family, friends, the Summerville riding group and Cross Roads, the touring company that organized the trip. Would she do it again? Absolutely. When she finished, she said, “I was so pumped I could have ridden back across the country.”

She never dreamed she’d ride over 100 miles a day for five days in a row, but she did. She hopes it will encourage others to get off the sofa, set a goal and enjoy doing it. She wants others to know they can do things like this even as they get older. Have many dreams, pick one as a goal, make a plan and persevere. Have fun!

Here’s a toast to Jan Lewis, one of my heroes!

Posted: October 9th, 2010 under Uncategorized - 2 Comments.

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