Bicycle tourism in Savannah

According to Connect Savannah, at the Second Annual Southeast Biking Symposium, March 22-24, she told attendees that 91 percent of visitors listed safety as their top priority when bicycling, which explains why 93 percent of visitors said they prefer using the island’s more than 100 miles of dedicated bike paths.

The symposium, organized by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, attracts tourism professionals, cycling advocates, planners, and government officials. The conference focuses not only on trends in bicycle tourism but how destination cities can use bicycling to improve quality of life for residents.

Hilton Head is one of only 21 cities to earn gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists and is the only gold-level community in the Southeast. For comparison, Savannah and Tybee Island are both bronze level Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has constructed 64 miles of public pathways through its capital improvement program and another 50 miles or so of trails and paths have been built within private developments.

It’s no surprise that 48 percent of visitors rent bicycles during their stays, according to Pernice, and many others bring bikes with them to Hilton Head. When a community provides a safe walking and biking infrastructure network, visitors and residents use it. It’s a pretty simple equation.

Additions to Savannah’s woefully inadequate inventory of bike lanes and multi-use paths would surely encourage more visitors to explore our city by bike. However, in the wake of the troubling Savannah National Historic Landmark District “Condition Assessment” released last week, some might wonder if we should be encouraging more visitors of any kind. Yet there’s a difference between the affluent, well-educated demographic that goes in for bicycle touring and those for whom to-go cups are the main attraction.

Bicycle Lane flaws in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Hall is being condemned by the Kuala Lumpur MPs about the bicycle lanes due to the low-quality execution and planning. Few weeks after the 11km lanes were completed, Star Online revealed that it was being misused by irresponsible motorists as vehicles were parked on the lanes.

According to the outlet, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that the project seemed to be rushed for the upcoming 9th World Urban Forum (WUF) 2018, which Kuala Lumpur is hosting from today to Feb 13.

“First, DBKL removed the lane separators (which act as a divider) placed along the bicycle lanes. This happened after a motorist injured himself when his bike hit it. Now, there are orange traffic dividers to prevent motorists from using the lanes, which I believe was installed by DBKL only on Feb 3,” Lim Lip Eng explained during a press conference conducted at Lebuh Pasar Besar, Kuala Lumpur. Buses and cars were spotted parked on the bicycle lanes at Dataran Merdeka.

On the other hand, Kui Lun wants Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to examine whether the project went through a standard process. “We want to reiterate that we are not against the project but RM4mil for bicycle lanes is too expensive. DBKL should have considered a more permanent approach, such as having electric trams, to ferry passengers around the city,” he added. Kui Lun also said that he and Lim would bring the matter up in Parliament.

Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How, who was also present at the press conference, said the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths instead of tarmac roads.

Another present during the press conference is Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How. He believed that instead of tarmac roads, the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths. Kroger feedback is the best way to confirm this status. “Painting it on pedestrian walkways can prevent cyclists from being exposed to the danger of being hit by vehicles on the road,” he shared.

Furthermore, he also shared the difference between the DBKL lanes and bicycle lanes where the latter is cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. “We will utilize the pedestrian walkway for the bicycle lanes so it would not narrow the roads,” Ching How promised.

A woman raised money to give someone a bicycle

Jennifer Johnson made an unlikely friend earlier this year.  This new friend became a big part of her life since then. Bobby Burke, known by many in the Milton community as Mr. Bobby, was walking from his home in Bagdad to his job in East Milton. One day, Johnson stopped and asks him if he needed a ride. From there, their friendship blossomed!

“I’ve seen this man ride down my road for some time now on his regular two-wheel pedal bike, but one day I [saw] him walking and I stopped to ask him where he was going and to see if he needed a ride,” Johnson said. “Ever since this day … every time I see Mr. Bobby walking, I give him a ride, even when it makes me late to work. According to Johnson, Bobby is well-known around town and there are some other generous residents who give him rides to work and give him money for food.

An anonymous police officer from the city of Milton donates money each month to a fund set aside for Bobby at Burger King to buy ice cream cones, and an unknown resident has a fund at the Milton Bakery for Bobby to purchase a muffin on his way to work in the mornings.

After driving Bobby to work for a while, Johnson said she started thinking of solutions that would be best for him in the long run. Eventually, Johnson found the perfect bike for Bobby after researching online and shops. She encourages people to join GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase the bike. Some deposited their donation into the bank. It exceeded her $500 goal by raising $954 in less than a month!

Furthermore, Johnson gave the bike to Bobby last Dec. 21. The video she uploaded on Facebook had over 16,000 views and nearly 300 shares on Facebook. Everyone was delighted to see that the cause succeeded.