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Bike To Jazz

Monday, September 17

Event spotlights convenience, safety of city cycling

Spartanburg is always cycling. And thanks to years of work improving bicycle access and safety in the City, cycling has never been easier or safer, a fact the League of American Bicyclists recognized in again naming Spartanburg a Bicycle Friendly Community earlier this year.

Led by the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Commission, Spartanburg’s bicycling community has come together to show just how safe, efficient and fun cycling can be in the City by encouraging people to ride their bicycles on Friday evening to Jazz on the Square (5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.), the popular weekly concert and community gathering on Morgan Square. Bicycle parking will be available on Dunbar Street, and people with bike helmets will be entered into a drawing for a variety of door prizes provided by several downtown merchants and bicycling partners.

One of the goals of the event is to encourage families who enjoy trail riding for recreation and exercise to gain experience and confidence cycling for transportation. Thousands of city residents live within a 2-mile radius of Morgan Square, an easy bike ride for people of nearly any fitness level.

“We are fortunate in Spartanburg to have so many great, traditional neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and everything our central business district has to offer,” said Pedestrian and Bicycle Commission member Mack Amick. “As we continue to build on our status as a cycling city, efforts such as this one are important in underscoring the feasibility of making cycling a routine method of personal transportation.”

For residents who live too far to ride safely to the event, the Commission encourages people to park their car at the Kennedy Street parking garage (across the street from the Downtown Public Library), and ride to the event via the Broad Street bicycle lanes to Spring Street and then to Morgan Square.