May is Mobility Month – formerly known as Bike Month, Charleston Moves dedicates May to promoting streets that are complete for everyone, designed to enable safe access for all users. The organization believes in the transformative power of allowing the community to choose among many safe ways to travel.
“When we’re able to ride a bike, walk or use public transit, it means equitable opportunities and better access to affordable food and housing, as well as job security, for citizens,” Charleston Moves said in a press release. “It means an improved local economy. It means opportunities for civic engagement. It means cleaner air and water, climate change mitigation, improved public health, and reduced traffic congestion. This year’s Mobility Month events range from all-ages celebratory rides to advocacy rides, a lecture series and a guided neighborhood walking tour.”
This year’s schedule of events:
- Mobility Month Kickoff
- Thursday, May 2nd from 5-8 pm at Tradesman Brewing Company
- Johns Island Farm Ride
- Saturday, May 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at Burden Creek Dairy
- The Johns Island Farm Ride will highlight some of the sea island’s active local farm-to-table players, demonstrating the importance of agri-business and preserving our rural areas, and the need for improved mobility options. Specialty samplings at each farm and a police-escort are included in the ticket price.
- Neighborhood Story Stroll
- Sunday, May 5th from 10:30 am – 12 pm at 134 Cannon Street
- The Neighborhood Story Stroll will be a guided walk focused on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial District of the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood. Guides and neighborhood leaders will discuss the roots and transformation, as well as unique architecture and walkability, of the area.
- Bike to School Day
- Tuesday, May 7th from 8 am – 1 pm at Mary Ford Elementary School
- Pedal The Parks
- Saturday, May 11th from 10 am – 1 pm at Charleston County Public Library, South Windermere Branch
- The Rise and Fall of Charleston’s Streetcars, 1865-1938
- Tuesday, May 14th from 6 pm to 7 pm at Charleston County Public Library, Main Branch
- Ride of Silence
- Wednesday, May 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm at Lowcountry Food Bank
- Ride of Silence will be a police-escorted ride over the North Bridge, an Ashley River crossing that links North Charleston and West Ashley. The ride will show community support for a North Bridge retrofit to allow safe access for all users; it is in memory of a community member who was killed while riding his bike over the North Bridge in the summer of 2018.
- Bike to Work Day
- Friday, May 17th from 7 am to 8:30 am (morning commute) and 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (evening commute) at Half-Moon Outfitters, West Ashley (back parking lot)
- Bike to Work Day will be a police-escorted morning and evening bike commute over the Legare and Memorial Bridges, in support of the proposal to build a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge from the West Ashley Greenway to downtown.
- Preservation Pedal
- Sunday, May 19th from 1 to 3 pm at Magnolia Cemetery, corner of Huguenin/Cunnington
- A collaboration with Preservation Society of Charleston
- A self-guided bike tour throughout Charleston’s five historic cemetery sites located in the upper peninsula. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the important history of these properties and the influential people buried in them.
- This rare access and experience, in addition to a tasty pint around the corner at Fatty’s Beer Works, are included in the ticket price.
- Equity, Access + Planning: How Transportation Underpins Charleston’s Major Issues
- Tuesday, May 21st from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Charleston County Public Library, Mount Pleasant Branch
- Battery2Beach Ride
- Saturday, May 25th from 11am – 2 pm at PARD Park, Sullivan’s Island
- B2B is Charleston Moves’ proposed route network, aimed at providing approximately 32 miles of mixed-use paths, while connecting five municipalities and three beaches. It is intended for both commuter and recreational use, residents and visitors alike
- The Future of Transit is Now
- Tuesday, May 28th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Chicora Elementary School
- Mobility Month Finale
- Friday, May 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm at Baker & Brewer
Throughout May, Charleston Moves will also be collaborating with Charleston Pedicab, Charleston Rickshaw Company, and Palmetto Brewing Company. By supporting these local businesses, you support Charleston Moves. A portion of your fare with Charleston Pedicab and Charleston Rickshaw Company will be donated to Charleston Moves. Also, a portion from every pint of Palmetto’s Small Batch Red IPA will also be donated.
Visit CharlestonMoves.org/Mobility-Month for details.
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