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RHBC’s Mission

The Rock Hill Bicycle Club shall encourage and promote any and all categories of bicycle related activities in the Upper Piedmont Region of South Carolina.

RHBC Affiliations

The Rock Hill Bicycle Club is affiliated on the local and national level with the following organizations:

 

City Advocacy

Several RHBC members are advisors to the Rock Hill Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee. The committee, which advises the Rock Hill Parks Recreation and Tourism Commission, sets priorities on what types of trails are needed within the city of Rock Hill. Prior to this, these members were on the Trails and Greenways Task Force which came up with a trail master plan and a standard trail construction plan for the city.

As a result of their efforts, a cut through trail was constructed at Winthrop Lake which opened the lake to neighborhoods on the West and South sides. This trail will also be part of an overall trail plan to eventually link Cherry Park, Winthrop Lake, Tech Park and York Tech with the new Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex and also the proposed Cycling Center of the Carolinas. A trail was completed to connect the Northside Trail and Baxter Hood Trail. Part of the Rawlinson Road Trail has also been completed to give safer access to Old Pointe School. RHBC members are working with the City of Rock Hill toward the goal of "Bicycle Friendly City" status by the League of American Bicyclists.


City & County Advocacy

Another success story is a joint effort of the city and county. The Airport Loop Trail circles the Rock Hill Airport. This is a 4-mile loop consisting of a paved trail and low usage roads. Resurfacing of Homestead Road, which is part of the trail, was completed and shoulders were added to Airport Road. Several RHBC members have hosted Bicycle Rodeos and Bicycle Safety Classes over the last four years. Members teach basic bicycle safety, provide a simple course for the kids to ride while using proper hand signals and give out bicycle safety books and free helmets to those who need them.

From 1989-1994 The RHBC adopted and maintained a 2 mile stretch of Hwy. 161— In 1991 the club won the outstanding achievement award for York County for its community efforts. RHBC members also serve on the Boards of the Cycling Center of the Carolinas and the Rock Hill / Fort Mill Area Transportation Study or RFATS.

Future Efforts

The Pennies for Progress program is funded by a sales tax which the RHBC helped to get passed. The tax money will be used for repaving and expanding several roads in York County. Included in the project are 34 miles of bike lanes and bike trails. Included in this is The Nemitz Loop which is a series of scenic roads in western York County which will include bike lanes. The new US 21 (Cherry Road) Catawba River Bridge. This bridge will include 5 ft. bike lanes as well as 5 ft. sidewalks on both sides. It will have two 12 foot lanes in each direction and a 15 ft. median. Rock Hill and York County are looking into a trail along the old Western and Southern rail line from downtown Rock Hill to just east of York.


State Advocacy

The RHBC has a member serving on the Board of Directors of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition or PCC. The PCC works on the state level working for safe cycling on South Carolina roads. In June of 2005 the RHBC sponsored in conjunction with the PCC a legislative forum at the Baxter Hood Center getting our message of safe cycling requirements and our past achievements out to state and local legislators and officials.

Accomplishments

The Safe Routes to School bill which states that school districts identify obstacles to children walking or riding their
bikes to school and come up with a plan to correct them.

The Complete Streets Program which says all South Carolina roads that are repaved should, if right of way permits, have a paved 2 ft. shoulder and if it is a known bicycle route then it must have a 4 ft. paved shoulder. All new roads must be in compliance.

Over 500 “Share the Road” signs are in place throughout the state alerting drivers to cyclists.

A Bicycle Caucus was established in the SC Legislature as an advocate for cycling-related issues.

Sales of PCC license plates have outsold the Nascar plate spreading the “Share the Road” message.

Updating of South Carolina laws pertaining to bicyclists.