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Charleston Named Bicycle Magazine's "BikeTown"

08/27/2010

The Charleston Bicycle Co. & Running Shop was recently selected to build the bikes for Bicycle Magazine's designation of Charleston as a 2010 "BikeTown." This is on the heel's of Charleston recently achieving a rank of 29th in Bicycle Magazine's "America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities."

BikeTown is an effort created by Bicycling Magazine, sponsored this year by Jamis Bikes and Metlife, to see how a bike can change a person's life. In 2003, the magazine started an essay contest in which people were required to state why they felt they deserved a new bike. That first year was in Portland, OR, and since then the program has grown to multiple cities and countries and more than 3,000 bikes have been given to people in the hopes a new bike can change a person's life.

This year's BikeTowns include: Boston, Indianapolis, Charleston, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, Denver, and Best Buddies (CA). BikeTown, Jamis, and MetLife will be visiting Charleston on September 23 at the Green Fair in Marion Square to give away 30 bikes to the people best responding to the request of how a new bike would change their life.

John Glover, CBC Owner, is excited to be involved in this step of Charleston's ever growing bike community. "We are proud to have been selected to build the bikes for this year's BikeTown in Charleston," Glover said. "This is great for the shop, but I think it also highlights all the hard work and recent success stories of Charleston's cycling community pushing to improve bike infrastructure, local ordinances, and acceptance of cyclists on the roads."

Glover went on to cite many of the recent efforts and achievements Charleston has seen that have lead to the Top 50 and BikeTown designations. "Mayor Riley's press conference concerning the bike lanes on St. Andrews Blvd is the most recent success for cyclists, but there is so much going on...the Battery2beach route and signs, the city's Transportation Committee, the Greenway improvements, all the local rides...the list is getting big and we are making great strides."

Mike Tremann, Owner and General Manager of CBC, said CBC has been a Jamis dealer for more than seven years. "We are extremely happy to have been with Jamis as long as we have," Tremann said. "The bikes have always been an excellent product, especially the Jamis Commuters we built for BikeTown."

Tremann added, "Everyone at the shop worked together in one effort to build these bikes; it was a good time, and we are looking forward to being at the Charleston Green Fair to help distribute these bikes to the winners of the BikeTown contest."

Both Glover and Tremann agree that being part of 2010 BikeTown is something they will remember for a long time, and something that will bolster Charleston's continuing efforts to improve cycling.

To register, go to BikeTown to answer the question "Tell us how a bike will change your world," and you can be one of 30 people in Charleston to receive a new bike! Jamis is providing the bikes, MetLife is a sponsor, and CBC is building the bikes! Nominate yourself today!



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