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Greenville Spinners Advocacy Report January 2016

As your Spinners Advocacy Chair and also as the Executive Director for Bike Walk Greenville, I am pleased to offer this report on the work done in 2015 towards a safer environment for those riding bikes.

Thanks to Ty Houck at Greenville Rec for some good work to improve the safety of the Swamp Rabbit Trail by:

  • Completing the center line striping project from mile 21.8 to the city line at mile 32.5
  • Working with SCDOT to remove rails and repave the two intersections north of TR
  • Develop a solution to the constant gravel on the trail near Swamp Rabbit Station that was coming from poor drainage conditions at businesses on Pinsley Circle. Kudos to Fluor Civil Engineer Kevin Barber for his volunteer consulting on this project.

Thanks to Stephanie Jackson-Arnell at SCDOT for getting the defaced Share the Road signs on Paris Mountain promptly replaced.Thanks to Stephanie Jackson-Arnell at SCDOT for getting the defaced Share the Road signs on Paris Mountain promptly replaced.

Thanks to the former City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Director Dana Souza for his recognition of the need for the City to increase the attention to the needs of cyclists.

Dana has moved on to new opportunities in Florida at year end, and will be missed.

At a well attended advocacy meeting at Greenville City Hall in October had a good discussion about how far Greenville needs to go to get to the next level in Bicycle Friendliness:

Feedback Report to Greenville Fall 2013

  • Percentage of arterial streets with bike lanes
    • City of Greenville 12%
    • Average Bronze 33%
    • Average Silver 45%
  • Bike facility network miles to total road miles
    • City of Greenville 10%
    • Average Bronze 25%
    • Average Silver 30%

Photos on the right: The top photo shows E. Broad St. between Falls St. and Main St. which is the perfect location for the city’s first protected bike lane.
Simply move the parked cars away from the curb and add new paint and plastic as shown in the bottom photo.
We are developing a plan to make this happen.
Step one is to educate people and grow the support, so please share!

The top photo shows E. Broad St. between Falls St. and Main St. which is the perfect location for the city's first protected bike lane. 
Simply move the parked cars away from the curb and add new paint and plastic as shown in the bottom photo.
We are developing a plan to make this happen. 
Step one is to educate people and grow the support, so please share!
  • At the meeting we discussed the need to get a demonstration project of protected bike lanes established an to that end the City recently let a contract to Alta Planning + Design to amend the 2011 Bicycle Mater Plan to addressed protected bike lanes. More on that coming in early 2016!
  • The entire slide deck is available at this link: Bike Walk Greenville – Oct 13 2015 Meeting
  • Bike Walk Greenville has an active Facebook page, and we would encourage all Spinners members to like BWG on Facebook to stay current with local and national trends in bike walk advocacy. We typically have several posts each week. As you can see from the below post from November- a good subject will attract a lot of views on Facebook!

To hear our message – please like Bike Walk Greenville on Facebook and/ or follow @BikeWalkGville on Twitter. We see great bike walk advocacy information from across the county all the time and we share relevant information on these social media sites.

Frank Mansbach
Greenville Spinners Advocacy Chair and Bike Walk Greenville Executive Director

http://www.bikewalkgreenville.org
frankmansbach@gmail.com

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