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Old 04-15-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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Questions about the biking scene in Greenville, SC from a possible transferee. I have discovered what seems like an awesome mountain biking scene just north of Greenville and going into NC, it all looks really awesome. Not sure what part of town we would move into but most likely the north to northeast sides (Taylors, Greer, Wade Hampton....possibly closer into middle of town, but probably not south or east).
  • How Are the quality of roads on major roads throughout the area?
  • Are there a good amount of dedicated bike lanes present? And places to lock em up around town?
  • How is the attitude is in general to people commuting around via bicycle?
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Taylors, Greer, and Travelers Rest are definitely the most convenient regions to go up and catch the Dupont / Pisgah Mtn Biking scenes.

Major road quality is generally low - the average road has no shoulder for safe biking. There is some ongoing attention to integrate bike transportation where possible, but many neighborhoods have no good bike connections.

There are a few scattered dedicated bike lanes. Lockups in downtown Greenville are fairly well placed - new construction has included bike parking, and there are a dozen or so lockups scattered around downtown. Lockups outside of downtown are spotty.

Many people see the benefits of bicycle commuting, but driver courtesy may depend on that driver's experience from previous encounters with cyclists. Most drivers are now used to seeing cyclists, but there are a few exceptions.

There's one major greenway north-south transport: the Swamp Rabbit Trail from Travelers Rest to Conestee (with short road gaps). The speed limit is 20mph, so that has to be considered when choosing between road and greenway.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Here's an ongoing thread on this general topic

Greenville......Bicycle friendly?
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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The mtb'ing scene is great. We have Paris Mtn in town for an after work or quick Sunday ride (not open to bikes on Saturday). DuPont is about 50 minutes away and depending on which part of Pisgah you go to, 60-80 minutes. Also depends on where in Greenville you live of course. There are also trails in Clemson and Spartanburg.

From the mtb research you have done I am going to guess that you are really looking more for touring and racing kind of riding, not just commuting (I could be wrong though since you do ask about bike lanes). There is a strong community of both here and if you are doing that kind of riding, you will not be riding on the SRT much. If you are commuting, the bike lanes in downtown are lacking. The county roads that you would be riding on a training ride are great and access to the mountains is quick and easy.

Generally motorist's reactions to cyclists are good. There are a few jerks but you will find those everywhere. I have been riding around here for 18 years and have only had three altercations with motorists (not including being hit by an 83 year old).
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:17 PM
 
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All I will say is keep in mind Greenville is very hilly.
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