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Old 02-09-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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Hi,
I'm an avid cyclist who's seriously considering relocating to Greenville.
I've heard there's a lot of anti-cycling sentiment in the area.
Are there any riders out there that can enlighten me?
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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Not sure where you heard that. Actually the opposite. Greenville has been expanding bike lanes at a rapid clip. Check out the Bikeville link and the blog link for Bike Greenville for all kinds of info:

Bikeville
http://bikegreenville.blogspot.com/

The transit buses have racks for bikes and bike stands can be found throughout downtown.

The US Pro Championship is held here every year.

The city is dotted with numerous cycling shops including George Hincapie's shop / company and one of the few bike shops in the country targeted strictly to women, Pedal Chic. Other links to local info:
http://www.ttrbikes.com/
http://www.hincapie.com/
http://www.pedalchic.com/
http://greatescapebikes.com/
http://www.carolinatriathlon.com/
http://www.gustocycles.com/
http://www.gotrisports.com/storefront/ (broken link)
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:47 PM
 
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Hi,
I've heard there's a lot of anti-cycling sentiment in the area.
Uh... yeah... well... we'uns don't much like outsiders like Yankees, Catholics, Mexicans, and bikers in girlie outfits slowing down our trucks. Deliverance and Easy Rider... that's what we'uns is about, boy. Now bend over and squeal like a pig.

Sorry... local humor.

On a serious note, Hwy 11 just north of the city appears to have great cycling - long, straight, great scenery.

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Old 02-09-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Not sure where you heard that. Actually the opposite. Greenville has been expanding bike lanes at a rapid clip. Check out the Bikeville link and the blog link for Bike Greenville for all kinds of info:

Bikeville
Bike Greenville

The transit buses have racks for bikes and bike stands can be found throughout downtown.

The US Pro Championship is held here every year.

The city is dotted with numerous cycling shops including George Hincapie's shop / company and one of the few bike shops in the country targeted strictly to women, Pedal Chic. Other links to local info:
TTR Blogs.
Hincapie Sportswear
Greenville, SC Women's Cycling Apparel | Athletic Clothing| Pedal Chic
The Great Escape - Featuring Bikes From Trek and Gary Fisher.
Carolina Triathlon : Run Bike Swim : Greenville SC
Home page for Gusto Cycles Bicycle Shop Greenville, Greer SC
Go Tri Sports, Inc. (http://www.gotrisports.com/storefront/ - broken link)
You forgot a few places in and around town:
The main local cycling club should provide helpful information as well:

Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:46 PM
 
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Much thanks,
My concerns were raised after reading some of the letters to the editor at the Greenville newspaper.
They conjured up fears of all kinds of road rage.
As we all know,our sport is dangerous enough as it is.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC/Greensboro, NC
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Hi,
I'm an avid cyclist who's seriously considering relocating to Greenville.
I've heard there's a lot of anti-cycling sentiment in the area.
Are there any riders out there that can enlighten me?
Who the heck told you this?

I want to reiterate several points gsupstate/Skyliner made.

This is a great area for cyclists of all sorts (road, hybrid, mountain biking, etc). George Hincapie lives here. The ever popular Swamp Rabbit Trail (http://greenvillerec.com/parks/swamp-rabbit/ - broken link) (I've never seen so many people during our warm spell at the end of January). A multitude of bike lanes exist throughout the city and county of Greenville. Of course, Paris Mountain State Park is adjacent to Greenville.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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They were probably followers of local talk radio host Russ Cassell.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Who the heck told you this?
I agree that Greenville has an impressive cycling culture. But, if you read the recent letters to the editor in the Greenville News, you might come away with a different impression.


This one appeared on Feb 5:

Letter: Vehicles, not bikes, pay for our roads | greenvilleonline.com | The Greenville News

Is anybody tired of all the whining and crying from the tight spandex and funny helmet crowd? All you ever hear from them is that “we have the same right to be on the road as cars do.” Wrong. MOD EDIT. Two sentences only, please.

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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I tend to agree with that letter writter.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Is anybody tired of all the whining and crying from the tight spandex and funny helmet crowd? All you ever hear from them is that “we have the same right to be on the road as cars do.” Wrong. There is no way they have that “right.” It is not a right; it is a privilege that I earned and pay for. I am required to carry insurance, passed a test and also pay a $20 a year road use fee. What do cyclists pay? Nothing!
You earned and paid for their bikes? Cyclists who also drive vehicles like me DO pay. Funny how you say bikes don't have a right to be on the road but vehicles do. Where in state or federal law does it say that? Sorry but this area continues to become more bicycle friendly by the day. If you don't like it then move.
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