Several groups in the upstate are partnering with a professor at Furman University to study the economic impact of the 9.5 mile section of the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail that extends from Travelers Rest to Greenville. Partners in this effort include Greenville County Recreation District, Upstate Forever, and Furman University. With this study, researchers will examine real estate values, interview business owners, real estate agents, transportation professionals, and local government officials, and conduct intercept surveys of trail users.
Funding for this project comes from diverse sources. Upstate Forever was able to gain $10,000 from the second round of Bikes Belong research grants, as well as funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. Other funding includes a grant from Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study and from Furman University.
We are thrilled to be able to reference this study of bicycling on the upstate’s gem of a bike/ped facility, and commend the partners that have come together in this exciting effort!