MOUNT PLEASANT — Charleston County parks officials have reversed a bicycle ban that applied to the new Memorial Waterfront Park pier.

Bikes have been allowed in the park since it opened Fourth of July weekend. But the pier was declared off-limits to the cycling crowd until this week.

"We just had a lot of people wanting to ride their bikes on the pier. It was better for customer service," said Christian Allen, pier assistant manager.

The 1,250-foot-long pier, the area's longest, extends almost to the shipping channel and offers dramatic views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Dozens of cyclists have used the pier since the ban was lifted, Allen said.

"It makes sense. It's wide enough that you can kind of avoid everyone," said cyclist Gordon Small. "They stopped us last time," he said Wednesday.

His wife, Phyllis Small, agreed. "It's so big I don't think you run into people," she said.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, which manages the pier, advertises its new bike-friendly pier policy on a sign near the snack and tackle shop. "Bikes Welcome," it says. Rollerblades, skates, skateboards and scooters still are banned at the pier.

The $14 million, nine-acre park next to the Ravenel Bridge is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is 50 cents per hour. The park has a Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Center, 6,200-square-foot visitor center, war memorial, playground and the pier.

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