Throughout the country, public awareness of the benefits of biking and walking/running for recreation, fitness, stress relief, and as an alternative form of transportation has been increasing exponentially. As the movement towards healthier lifestyles gains momentum, residents are coming together to plan and build safer networks of bike lanes and walking trails. According to the League of American Bicyclists, South Carolina currently ranks 33 out of 50 for bicycle friendly communities, a ranking that communities like Anderson are working to change.
A group of volunteers came together to form Anderson’s Complete Streets committee, which includes long time SW+A Greenville staffer and biking enthusiast, Blake Sanders, to address the need for bike and pedestrian paths in the city and to plan for where those paths should be developed. On Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011, the group will host a public meeting to discuss the issue will be held at the Anderson Recreation Center.
Local newspaper the Anderson Independent Mail has published an informative article about Tuesday’s meeting and the Complete Streets committee.