Mount Pleasant forum to focus on proposed bike, pedestrian route

By Nick Johnson
njohnson@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 4, 2012

The town of Mount Pleasant will discuss a proposed plan to expand streets for bike and pedestrian lanes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex.

The plan was first proposed by Charleston Moves, a pedestrian and biking advocacy group, two years ago as the Battery2Beach Route. The route would cover 24 miles from Isle of Palms through downtown Charleston to Folly Beach. Marked by distinctive signage, the goal is to make the route safe for bicyclists and pedestrians, the organization said in a news release.

In its initial response to the draft plan, Charleston Moves pushed for a sharper, more comprehensive focus on total connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians.

“A bike lane doesn’t do much for you if you can’t safely get to your chosen destination,” said Tom Bradford, Charleston Moves director.

To help get the community involved and raise money for the project, people or businesses can rent quarter-mile pieces of the route for $100. Each renter will have their name on a respective portion.

Charleston Moves said the route could generate up to $42 million in tourism revenue.

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