Public invited to give input on walking/biking plan for Lowcountry

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — How can the tri-county area walking and biking trails become more interconnected? That’s what the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments is trying to figure out.

“I do a lot of walking everywhere.” Mary Brady says walking hiker biker trails in Goose Creek has changed her life. “It’s lowered my A1C. I’m a diabetic and I got off of insulin and I still take the oral medication, but that’s a whole lot nicer than having to shoot myself up with insulin.”

That’s why news that the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments is studying expanding and interconnecting Walk-Bike trails in the Tricounty area is good news for her.

Vonie Gilreath is the Mobility Manager for BCDCOG. “This is a plan to look at where the community wants bicycle and pedestrian facilities to go.”

$200,000 has been spent to hire a consultant to help with the 10 month process.

Goose Creek Mayor Mike Heitzler believes more trails can help reduce future congestion. “I bought a bike six months ago, and I’ve been testing myself to see what I can do with my bicycle, how often I can stay out of my automobile.”

He said there are limitations with how the path system is set up. “I will not go across 52, and I will not go across 176 because I think it’s too dangerous.” This master plan will look at options to solve problems like that.

Four drop-in style community meetings are planned to let the public learn more, and to receive input from the public.

Tuesday, November 29th from 3-8pm at the Summerville Community Center located at 105 W. 5th South Street in Summerville.

Wednesday, November 30th from 3-8pm at the Moncks Corner Train Depot at 100 Bergman Street in Moncks Corner.

Thursday, December 1st from 3-8pm at the James Island Charter High School at 1000 Fort Johnson Road on James Island.

There is also a meeting planned on December 13th from 3-8pm at the old Navy Hospital in North Charleston.

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