Holy City considers more pedestrian, bicycle lanes

CHARLESTON, SC - By Sheldon Dutes  bio | email | Twitter 

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings usually rides his bicycle to his downtown meetings, but he didn't let Tuesday's meeting stop him from his routine.

Instead of meeting at Council Chambers, council members gathered at Charlestowne Landing in West Ashley.

"I thought it would be an opportunity to sort of ride the bike through the city to another part of the city and take a look and see how well bicycles and cars coexist in Charleston," Seekings said.

The City of Charleston is looking at ways to make its roads and bridges more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

During Tuesday night's meeting, council members approved a grant application that would make the West Ashley Greenway more accessible for bicycles and pedestrians.

The council's Ways and Means Committee is expected to have that application submitted soon, however, there's no official timeline of when they'll get the greenlight.

Improvement plans are already underway and Mayor Joe Riley said pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets are a top priority.

During Seekings' four mile bicycle ride from downtown Charleston to Charlestowne Landing he noticed some potential improvement areas.

"There's a lot of things we can do that won't cost a lot of money that will make dramatic improvements. One of those would be to designate bicycle lanes with paint," Seekings said.

Moreover, if the more bicycle and pedestrian lanes are added, Seekings said the entire city could benefit.

"Why wouldn't people want to walk or bike if they can do it more safely and cheaper. It's better for our environment and better for our community," Seekings said.

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