Trails & Cycling
Road Closure Notice
Country Club Rd. from Union St. to Pine St. will be closed to through traffic for approximately 2 months beginning October 16th as part of the Union Street to Whitestone-Glendale project. Work being done includes installing storm drainage infrastructure and realigning the road in this area to accommodate the new Shared Use Path. The road will also be raised approximately 3 feet at the railroad crossing, which is the main reason for closing the road. Businesses and residents located in the impacted area will remain accessible throughout the duration of the closure.
Cycling is a key element of Spartanburg's long-term transportation and recreation planning, a fact reflected in the continuing expansion of trails, bike lanes, its B-Cycle bike-sharing system, and strategic partnerships with pro-cycling groups such as PAL.
Since becoming recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the first Bicycle Friendly Community in South Carolina in 2007, Spartanburg has continued to build on its strengths as a great place to cycle. Long known as the home of the world-renowned Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, Spartanburg is also the host of the PAL's Criterium, which is an event on the USA Crits circuit.
Today, with several strong cycling advocates on City Council, the City tackles the feasibility of bicycle lanes as part of every road and transportation project it considers, with the most recent example being the West Main Street Improvement Project in 2012.
The First Bicycle-Sharing System in the Southeast
In Spartanburg, we're always forging productive partnerships that allow us to accomplish things you might not expect from a city our size. There is no better example than B-Cycle. The first bike-sharing system in the Southeast, B-Cycle previously had only been tried in places like Denver, Chicago, and Seattle until Spartanburg unveiled its own system in 2011.
Made possible through a partnership with the Mary Black Foundation, Wofford, Converse, City of Spartanburg, CVB, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, JM Smith Foundation, VCOM, and PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well., the B-Cycle system allows people to rent bikes for a daily, monthly or annual fee from one of 2 different stations - at Wofford University and Converse College. B-cycle offers a special discounted pass for students with a valid .edu email address.
Established in 2011, the City Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee consists of local residents appointed by City Council who advise the City on local pedestrian and bicycling issues. Its goal is to improve bicycling and walking opportunities, engagement, infrastructure, and marketing throughout the City of Spartanburg. For more information email Laura Ringo, Executive Director of PAL and the city-appointed liaison to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee.