When people leave their cars in the driveway and use their bicycles instead, they relieve some parking pressures — something particularly welcome in congested areas like downtown Charleston.
Schools and some businesses, recognizing the advantages of biking, provide places for riders to lock their bikes. But not all choose to, and some simply have no place to do so.
That’s why it is good news that the city of Charleston is installing four bicycle corrals — each accommodating 10 bicycles — in different parts of the peninsula. Like street parking for cars, the corrals are adjacent to city sidewalks. They will have racks to which bicycles can be locked — a safer and more efficient alternative to telephone poles and street lights. Pedestrians should appreciate getting their sidewalks back.
They will be on King near John Street, on King at Hasell, on upper St. Philip Street and on Concord near Waterfront Park.
The corrals were an idea that emerged from the Edwin Gardner Peninsula Task Force, which was formed a year and a half ago after a public forum where community leaders and citizens discussed threats to the “delicate balance” of residential, commercial and tourist interests on the peninsula. Edwin Gardner was a member of the task force and an avid cyclist who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle and died.
In following through with the bike corrals, the city is affirming the work of that task force and honoring the contributions of Mr. Gardner.