Charleston seeks input on bike survey 

Even from people without bikes

Urban planners in the City of Charleston's Civic Design Center are asking residents to fill out a bike survey — whether you own a bike or not.

The city wants to collect information from bike users about where they use their bike and how often, as well as whether they face particular problems when riding, like insufficient pathways or confusing routes. For those who don't ride a bike, the city wants to know whether there are safety or convenience issues that are preventing them from getting on two wheels.

"We tend to work with the groups that are identifiable and active (like Charleston Moves and the Holy City Bike Co-op), but they're not the sum total of the biking community," says Michael Maher, the Design Center's director. "We felt we weren't reaching those other users."

The results will be part of a city application for the League of American Bicyclist's Bicycle Friendly Communities. But the survey will likely run past the July deadline. The city expects to use the results to target future improvements to address problems for cyclists.

To take the survey, visit the Civic Design Center online.

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