New bike plan offers Charleston connectivity, safety and scenery

A new plan aims to offer bikes better connectivity to the urban areas of town, while isolating the activity to promote use an safety.

The Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston has created a "Metro-Charleston Bike Plan" after interviewing cyclist, urban planners, and local government officials -- in fact, the plan is sponsored by the City of Charleston.

Tom Bradford at Charleston Moves was interviewed during the process and has more background on what the plan is and what it aims to do; read about it here.

In all the plan aims to create four main "arteries" to make a loop that would connect downtown Charleston to James Island to West Ashley to North Charleston to Daniel Island to Mount Pleasant. The routes would be separated from traffic in an effort to not only promote safety but make the whole system more scenic and be an asset for commuters and sight seers. 

While there are obviously two big questions that would have to be figured out (land and money) on a personal level I love this idea: It removes much of the conflict between motorists and bikes in Charleston while being another great reason folks would want to live in Charleston.

If you'd like to see it for yourself, the plan is on display at the Civic Design Center at 85 Calhoun Street now through Wednesday, January 27.