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Bikeville

The Bikeville Community Iniative is underway. And it's not too late for you to get involved!

Bikeville is the City of Greenville's bicycle friendly community initiative. The goal of Bikeville is to increase ridership, encourage bicycle use, expand bicycling facilities, and provide useful educational resources to cyclists and motorists to share the road.
Download Bicycle Safety Brochure

Background

The City of Greenville’s Bicycle Friendly Community Initiative began is 2006 by a City Council Resolution. The goal of a Bicycle Friendly Greenville is to provide infrastructure, education, and outreach to increase the number of trips made by bicycles. This will be achieved by improving our roads to accommodate bicyclist and the creation of programs that encourage alternative transportation.

B-cycle Expands
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Two new B-cycle stations - at the Greenville Zoo in Cleveland Park and at Hughes Main Library at Heritage Green - opened in August 2014, expanding the bike share network to eight stations and 35 bikes. Upstate Forever, along with other community partners, launched Greenville B-cycle in the spring of 2013. The program provides community members and visitors an active way to get around town. Bicycle docking stations also are installed downtown at 206 S. Main Street, 215 Rhett Street, 100 W. McBee Avenue and 11 College Street. Two additional stations are at Sterling Community Center, 113 Minus Street, and County Square, 301 University Ridge. More info | Read News Release on 2014 Expansion

Bicycle Master Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan was completed and adopted by City Council in September of 2011. The Plan is the result of a 12-month planning process, presenting a framework to help strategize the expansion of the existing bikeway network, complete network gaps, and provide greater transportation connectivity while educating and encouraging bicycling throughout the City of Greenville.
View the Bicycle Master Plan

Bicycle Friendly Community

In 2013 The League of American Bicyclists honored Greenville with its prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award for the second time. The application was carefully reviewed and scored by a committee, which also consulted with local cyclists in the Greenville community. Greenville’s bronze-level designation will encourage additional tourism and interest from the bicycling community, but still leaves room for growth as we continue to make Greenville even more bicycle-friendly. According to Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly Community Program for the League of American Bicyclists, the award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling and is a national recognition of the City’s “tremendous efforts to create a truly Bicycle Friendly Community.” The League of American Bicyclists’ mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.

View a slide show of some of the Bikeville initiatives

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Bicycle Friendly Business Designation

Businesses can apply to the League of American Bicyclists to earn the designation as a "Bicycle Friendly Business" for supporting bicycles in the workplace.

Bicycle Maps

The following links utilize Google mapping technology and are intended to help guide bicyclists along bicycle friendly routes. The hope is that you will use the interactive maps to discover which network elements are most convenient to your home, work, or frequented destinations. Our goal is to provide a convenient tool that can be used to discover our bicycle friendly community. Each map link will display a specific network type such as Bicycle Lanes, Greenway Trails, Bicycle Routes, and Mountain Bike Trails. Maps can be viewed without a Google account, however if you already have a Google account or decide to create one, you can Manage and "Save" each map in the "My Maps" section of Google Maps. We will be adding to these maps, so check back frequently to get the latest information.

The links below use Google mapping technology to show Greenville’s citywide bike network. Information is updated as new routes are built. Check back frequently to get the latest information.  If you have any problems with the following links or maps, send an email to bikeville@greenvillesc.gov. Please remember to ride safe, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.

Current Bicycle Lanes Map
Current Greenway Trails Map
Current Signed Bicycle Routes Map
Current Mountain Bike Trails Map
Current Sharrows Map
Overall Bike Network Map
View Greenville County's "signed Bike Route" maps

Bicycle Parking
The City's Bicycle Parking Ordinance is designed to encourage development projects to include alternative parking methods that accommodate bicycle travel. The Ordinance requires that any new development which provides vehicular parking areas, provide bicycle parking at a rate of 10% of the proposed vehicular parking. It also allows projects to substitute a percent of required vehicular parking by providing additional bicycle parking, thereby reducing parking lot areas. This Ordinance ensures that Greenville will continue it's efforts to meet the needs of it's citizens and visitors while protecting the environment.

The City has recently installed Bicycle Racks throughout downtown. See plan for locations. For additional information on types of Bicycle Racks and other Bicycle Parking Guidelines, click here
Photo of Bicycles loaded on a Greenlink busRack n Ride
All GreenLink buses now have the capacity to carry 2 bicycles. Bicycles ride for FREE. Loading the bikes is easy, just follow the directions on the rack, or view an instructional video now.
H3006 Summary of Bicycle Law Revisions
History was made for cyclist’s safety in South Carolina in June 2008. Governor Mark Sanford Signed into law The Bicycle Safety Act, which amended Article 27, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code. The Act is designed to provide greater safety for bicyclists on South Carolina roads and to bring South Carolina statutes into greater conformity with the Uniform Vehicle Code. This effort was spearheaded by the PCC (Palmetto Cycling Coalition) and was supported by cycling advocates statewide. Review a Summary of the H3006 Revisions.
Complete Streets
The new Complete Streets Policy is an important step in the City’s Bicycle Friendly Community campaign. It also reinforces the City’s commitment to improving travel conditions and travel choices for people of all ages & abilities. The City of Greenville is now committed more than ever to providing appropriate accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders…while promoting safe operation for all users.

Planning for and accommodating all roadway users makes everyone safer, including motorists. Complete Streets have across-the-board benefits like improving air quality and public health while providing transit options. The Complete Streets Coalition cites one study that “found that 43 percent of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home met recommended activity levels, while just 27 percent of those without safe places to walk were active enough.”