A huge advocacy success 8 years in the making

On March 15, 2023 we were pleased to announce that the long awaited traffic signal at SC-253 intersection with the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail will soon become reality. There was great excitement from the trail user community and significant media coverage. We have documented this 8 year saga at this blog post.

Unity Park Trail Counter

Bike Walk Greenville partnered with the City of Greenville to have a large display counter installed on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.  We successfully raised  $27,000 to purchase the Eco Display Classic + Double sided unit. Prisma Health provided significant funding along with 25 other donors. The City of Greenville installed and will maintain the unit on the SRT just north of Unity Park at Willard Street.  Counts of both people on bikes and people on foot will be displayed daily and year to date.    

Having real metrics of trail users will help in attracting additional public and private support for our trail network.

701,755 trail users were counted in the first year ending on January 31, 2023, an average of 1,923 per day.

Dangerous By Design Advocacy

Bike Walk Greenville continues to collaborate with DOT and GPATS (our local regional planning body) to increase safety in some of the most deadly and underfunded areas of Greenville, as identified by this national report by Smart Growth America.

In this blog post, our 2021 Furman intern discusses the impact of car-centric design on the White Horse Road community, and what we can do to advocate on behalf of our most at-risk community members.

Public Art at the Lakeview Link

Bike Walk Greenville commissioned artist Charles Pate Jr. to create this bronze statue of a girl on her strider bike. The granite base was fabricated by Kyle Gillespie, and the metal base was built by Ryan Calloway.

Bike Walk Greenville donated the statue to Greenville County and oversaw the landscaping design to include a bench, bike parking, and information kiosk for trail users.

Community Walk Audits

Bike Walk Greenville is proud to partner with other local organizations and nonprofits to lead community walk audits, which highlight the significant impact that street design on various aspects of our community.

We encourage interested community members to apply for the Upstate Forever Citizen Planning Academy, or reach out to us directly regarding a walk audit options for your neighborhood.

Bicycle Friendly Community

Bike Walk Greenville is proud to support the City of Greenville in the renewal application process for the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community designation. As of summer of 2022, we are pleased to report progress on the application and look forward to pursuing League recommendations for improving conditions for cycling in Greenville!

It takes a village to build a strong cycling community! We strongly encourage local businesses and universities to apply for the Bicycle Friendly designation.


Traveler’s Rest Display Counter

On Saturday March 18, 2023 we joined members of Travelers Rest City Council to celebrate the installation of the new display counter. From idea to completition this project took only 11 months. The fundraising was completed in October, 2022 and included sponsorship by Prisma Health and 30 indiviual donors

The first month’s data shows significant count differences from the counter in Greenville, with a higher percentage of people on bikes than recorded at Unity Park in Greenville.

Traveler’s Rest Diagonal Crossing

Back in March of 2016, Bike Walk Greenville volunteers counted 1,613 people on foot and on bikes crossing the intersection of US-276 of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. In subsequent meetings with SCDOT, we advocated for a safe diagonal crossing where a push button would stop motor vehicles in all directions. With DOT approval of the proposal, the City of Travelers Rest allocated funding for construction and with permits in place the project is advertised for bids as of summer 2022.

Hiring of City Mobility Manager

In 2019, following three years of advocacy with the City of Greenville, Bike Walk Greenville was successful in the creation of the position of City Mobility Coordinator, resulting the hiring of Calin Owens. We consider this to be one of the most significant advocacy wins in our organization’s history. Calin has already played an instrumental role in moving the City of Greenville forward with safe and vital infrastructure improvements.

Safety Improvements at Rudolph Gordon School

In 2021, we consulted with concerned parents at Rudolph Gordon School who, despite living in close proximity to the school, had no safe walking access for their kids to get to school. We were able to provide them with resources, suggestions and a funding platform to facilitate their work to resolve this infrastructure need.

Greenville County has many more examples of car-centric infrastructure, especially surrounding schools, making it difficult and needlessly dangerous for students to safely bike and walk. The resulting long car lines for drop-off and dismissal have signficant negative impacts on our community. Bike Walk Greenville supports the work of local advocates in Safe Routes to School initiatives, and encourages community members to advocate to the Board of Trustees of Greenville County Schools for funding of biking and walking facilities on school campuses.

Lakeview Link

In 2018, Bike Walk Greenville raised funds to build the Lakeview Link, a trail connection measuring 4/10 of a mile, as a Public Private Partnership with Greenville County.

This new trail created a safe walking and biking environment for 575 students at Lakeview Middle and the surrounding community along the Old Buncombe Road corridor. Students, as well as Sans Souci and Berea neighborhood residents, would benefit from the safety improvements, further encouraging active and sustainable transportation options.

Voter Engagement

Local Elections have a tremendous impact on the priorities of local government to make or delay much needed improvements in our local infrastructure. Bike Walk Greenville regularly engages the slate of candidates running in local elections with interview questions to inform voters of where candidates stand on issues such as road safety, infrastructure solutions, and funding sources for improvements.

As a 501c3, Bike Walk Greenville does not endorse or promote specific political candidates.

Protected Bike Lane Demonstration

In May 2016 we successfully collaborated with the City of Greenville to introduce the first demonstration of a protected bike lane in South Carolina.  Three hours of work by 13 volunteers transformed one block of East Broad Street in the heart of downtown Greenville to show our transportation future, which was met with enthusiastic public support.

We continue to work with the City of Greenville to improve and expand on the use of this type of protected cycling infrastructure.

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