Mount Pleasant looking to be more bike friendly

Mount Pleasant looks to be more bike friendly

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant is trying to become more bike friendly. Officials held a drop in session Wednesday to hear comments from the public. Residents were able to address their concerns about bike and pedestrian safety in Mount Pleasant.

Charleston Moves teamed up with the town to come up with better solutions.

Tom Bradford, Director of Charleston Moves said, "this is just part of that ongoing cooperative relationship. They're bike friendly in spirit and now they're actually trying to become bike friendly in reality and we appreciate that."

"Connectivity is the name of the game. It's not safe unless it's connected," said Bradford.

He said that there are other benefits to having access to bike and pedestrian lanes.

"We have built and environment in which exercise is very difficult to come by and we have to now work to get it back in," said Bradford.

Not everyone is a professional biker and Pat Sullivan stressed that casual bikers should be able to feel safe if they choose to hit the roadways.

"It's so important to be able to connect with different parts of Mount Pleasant because we don't just stay in different parts of our neighborhood. We want to go to church; we want to go shopping, to the park."

Being able to bike and walk safely is a luxury that some residents would like to have and town officials are listening loud and clear.

Christiane Farrell, Director of Planning and Development said, "depending on what kind of feedback we get, we plan to go back to the planning committee of town council and present them with the findings."

Maps and layouts of the proposed plans are on the town web site. They plan to hold more drop in sessions after they compile the latest information.

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