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A plan unveiled last week by the Berkeley Charleston and Dorchester Council of Governments is destined to make walking and biking easier, safer and more accessible for the Floods and thousands of other Lowcountry residents. It’s called “Walk+Bike BCD” and after 10 months of planning, research and goal-setting, the project was shared with the public on May 24 at a community gathering in North Charleston.

The project’s vision, as stated on the official plan’s opening pages, is to create “a network of infrastructure for active transportation connecting communities of all sizes across the tri-county region, so that walking and bicycling are a common part of every day life for residents and visitors alike.”

It opens up an opportunity to walk or bike from one’s home community to other places in the area through seamless connectivity. For Daniel Island specifically, it might one day lead to the addition of safe, structural connections for walkers and bikers over surrounding waterways to Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. The Walk+Bike plan calls for a multi-tiered approach towards creating a regional bike and trail network – which would ultimately include some 692 miles of new paved shoulder areas along roadways, 546 miles of shared use paths, 117 miles of new sidewalks, and more than 150 miles of new bicycle routes, shallows, and bike lanes. (Credit: The Daniel Island News)