Commentary: Taking steps to be bike-friendly

This editorial appeared in The Rock Hill Herald.

Rock Hill's quest to become a bike-friendly city appears not to be an end in itself but rather one step in a longer journey.

Members of the Rock Hill Bicycle Club hope to earn the bike-friendly designation for the city. To date, Spartanburg is the only South Carolina city to earn the distinction, and Charlotte earned it this year.

The designation comes from the League of American Bicyclists, which reviews everything from trails and bike paths to availability of ways to learn about the benefits of cycling. While Rock Hill has a lot of work to do to meet the requirements, it has a good foundation to build on.

For example, the city boasts 21 miles of bike trails, including 43 on sidewalks. That includes a link to the Carolina Threat Trail, a regional network that eventually will connect key points across the Carolinas.

Voters also approved 34 miles of new bike lanes in the 2003 Pennies for Progress road-improvement program. Lanes will be installed on Mount Gallant Road, Ebinport Road and Eden Terrace between the Winthrop Coliseum and Anderson Road in Rock Hill. A series of rural two-lane roads in western York County known as he Nemitz Loop also will get bike lanes.

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