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Bicycle Friendly in SC

The Bicycle Friendly program is taking South Carolina by storm—and we couldn’t be more ready! The program in South Carolina consists of bicycle friendly advancements within communities, businesses and universities, as well as the state bicycle friendly ranking. This effort is based upon the League’s Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. The BFA program is a valuable model to the Coalition as we work with communities, universities and businesses to make a more bicycle friendly South Carolina.  If you are interested in guidance or technical assistance through any of these programs, contact Amy.


The Coalition has worked with every designated Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) in South Carolina to aid in achieving their respective status. The first community to receive BFC status was Spartanburg in 2007, when they were awarded bronze. Since then, the following communities received designations:

  • 2007 Spartanburg, bronze
  • 2008 Columbia, bronze
  • 2009 Greenville, bronze
  • 2010 Charleston, bronze
  • 2011 Hilton Head Island, Gold!
  • 2012 Rock Hill, bronze

The BFC program offers important metrics to ensure that these five communities continue to work to be the best that they can be in bicycling.


Since the inception of the Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program in 2009, ten communities in SC have been awarded a designation. These include:

  • Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital, bronze
  • Caine Halter Family YMCA, bronze
  • Charleston Civic Design Center, silver
  • DOM360 (Dealer Online Marketing), bronze
  • Erwin Penland, silver
  • Fluor, bronze
  • Fox Music House (Charleston), bronze
  • GE Energy Greenville, bronze
  • Hawley LLC, silver
  • Mary Black Foundation, bronze
  • REI Greenville, silver
  • Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, bronze
  • TTR Bikes, platinum
  • Upstate Forever, bronze
  • YMCA of Greenville, bronze
  • Mary Black Foundation, bronze
  • Upstate Forever, bronze
  • Pedal Chic, gold
  • Boyd Cycling, silver
  • Partners for Active Living, platinum


The League’s Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program awarded these South Carolina Universities this designation:

  • University of South Carolina, bronze (blogpost)
  • Clemson, bronze
  • Coastal Carolina University, bronze (blogpost)

State Ranking

South Carolina ranked 44th in 2015 in statewide bicycle friendliness. This ranking includes the following:

  • the bicycle friendliness of our state laws,
  • SCDOT policies and funding priorities,
  • education programs,
  • current and planned infrastructure,
  • evaluation and planning, and
  • enforcement of bike laws.

From 2009 to 2015, our ranking vacillated from 26th to 33rd to 39th to 32nd to 34th, 47th, and is now 44th. This is a reminder of all of the work that remains to be done.