Mt. Pleasant to hold public meeting about bike/pedestrian plan

Cyclist riding along Coleman Boulevard (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Are a walker, runner, or cyclist?

If so, then you may want to attend a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Mt. Pleasant about the draft bike and pedestrian plan. The town wants to become even more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists in the future.

Henry Drew is an avid cyclist that rides several times a week in Mt. Pleasant.

"They do have some bike lanes on Coleman and they cut off short, but I would say that when you go to Sullivan's Island I just ride the sidewalk," Drew said. "There isn't really a dedicated bike lane but go on the sidewalk across the bridge is fine, it's pretty safe there."

He hopes that the town will continue to add more safe routes for those biking.

"They just get more designated bike lanes and if they would clean up IOP. There is a lot of debris on the side road there," said Drew. "I don't even go there because there is too much debris, it will get kicked up from cars and things and it's just road hazard for you."

The meeting on Wednesday will give people an opportunity to voice their opinions about the future bike and pedestrian plan.

"We are really hoping for a good turnout and we detect a fair amount of interest in the folks in Mt. Pleasant," said Tom Bradford, director at Charleston Moves. "I think what we observe generally is that especially with young people moving to town, with new industries coming here and they are all interested in the option to have a healthier, more active lifestyle."

The hope is that biking and walking can be practical forms of transportation for everyone in Mt. Pleasant.

"We are not taking about bike jocks, people in spandex necessarily, we are talking about moms and dads and kids being able to go to a friend's house, to go to Piggly Wiggly, whatever and not to have to get behind the wheel of a car every time you want to go two to three blocks just because it's not safe to go on a bike or on foot," said Bradford.

The public meeting on the bike and pedestrian plan is Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Town Hall behind Whole Foods.