Other South Carolina Bicycling Guides
Biker's Map of Greenville County
The Greenville Bicycle committee and the Greenville County Planning
Commission have identified 12 bicycle day-trip routes that utilize wide streets with low
traffic volumes, are accessible to bicyclists of all skill levels, consider connectivity
between schools, parks, and neighborhoods, and create a balanced system that traverses
most of Greenville County.
Click on the map icon for a PDF printable
version of the Bikers Map or to order a map contact the Greenville County Planning Commission,
301 University Ridge, Suite 400, Greenville, SC 29601-3660, (864) 467-7270
Adventure Cycling's Atlantic Coast Route (Wilmington, NC, to
Statesboro, GA - 345 miles)
The Wilmington to Statesboro map is one of a set of seven maps that
take you from Bar Harbor, MA to Ft. Myers Beach, FL. The route in South Carolina roughly
parallels Highway 17 and offers a spur route into historic Charleston. Adventure Cycling
maps are designed for bicyclists, providing information not available on typical road maps
- for example, the locations of bike shops, sources for food and water, and overnight
To order Adventure Cycling maps call 1-800-721-8719.
Bicycle Camping In South Carolina
Touring by bicycle has become more and more popular as a way to see
and experience South Carolina. Many bicycle tourists have come to prefer the added
flexibility afforded by camping. Whether your destination for the night is a state park, a
private campground, or an impromptu road side location, self-contained bicycle travel is
the way to go. But in order to fully enjoy the experience you must be well-prepared. For
information on campsites and nature areas contact the following:
South Carolina State Parks (33 State Parks with camping
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201 :: 803-734-0173
United States Forest Service (Maps of Francis Marion and
Sumter National Forests)
4931 Broad River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29210-4021
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (Heritage
Trust Preservation & Wildlife Management)
Heritage Trust Preserves
PO Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
South Carolina Campground Owner's Association (Free guide to
30 commercial campgrounds)
PO Box 1184
Irmo, SC 29063
Local Bicycle Shops
Remember that careful preparation will reduce the chances of any
mechanical problems while bicycle touring in South Carolina. However, should you run into
problems, know that with over 50 shops in the state, you are never far from help. If you
need help, limp to the nearest telephone book and look in the yellow pages under
"Bicycle Dealers" and "Bicycle Repair."
www.discoversouthcarolina.com provides a storehouse of information
on what the bicyclist can see and do in the Palmetto State. National monuments, military
installations, 48 state parks, points of interest, and South Carolina Information Centers
Experienced bicyclists have an accident rate only 20 percent that of
casual bicyclists. Bicyclists can prevent most accidents by knowing how to control their
bicycles and by riding according to the established rules of the road. Ride to be visible
and predictable. Give other drivers time to notice you and react to you.
Other frequent causes are . . .
- Bicyclists turning out from the curb lane without looking back
- Motorists turning right or left into the path of the bicyclist
- Bicyclists or motorists failing to yield when crossing a stream of
Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Accidents
Although only 20 percent of bicycle accidents involve motor
vehicles, these are often the most serious. More than half of these occur at
intersections. Of all car-bike collisions, more than 25 percent involve a bicyclist riding
the wrong way, a very dangerous behavior.
Head injuries account for 75% of all deaths and permanent
disabilities in bicycle accidents. Don't leave home without
In Case of an Accident
- Call the police IMMEDIATELY
- Do not move any vehicle until the police arrive
- Do not attempt to move any injured persons
- Obtain the following information from all parties:
Request a thorough police investigation
Ask for a copy of the accident report
- Name and address of all involved vehicle operators
- License plate and registration numbers
- Name and address of all involved insurance companies
- Name and address of all witnesses
South Carolina Traffic Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists
Bicyclists in South Carolina are subject to the traffic laws
applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle and are required to obey the following traffic
- Ride on the right hand side of the road with the flow of traffic.
In all 50 states bicycles are considered vehicles and must
follow the same rules as cars.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
No bicycles are allowed on freeways
There are several special laws pertaining to bicyclists and their
- No hitching rides on moving vehicles
- Form a single line in heavy traffic
- At least one hand is on handlebars at all times
- Bicycles operated at night must be equipped with a lamp on front that
produces a white beam of light visible at least 500 feet away. Also, the bike must have a
red rear reflector
- Brakes adequate enough to slide the
rear tire are required.
Clean chain & gears.
Tightness of chain.
Tightness of cables.
Condition of cables.
Grease in hubs.
Wheel bearing adjustment.
Bicycle Clubs in
More and more South Carolinian's are rediscovering the fun of
bicycle riding. This renewed interest has resulted in a phenomenal growth in bicycle club
memberships around the State.
If you want to start bicycling again, meet new riding companions,
discover the best places to ride, or find out about bicycle touring, there are people
ready to help you. Don't wait any longer to explore the possibilities open to you when you
journey by bicycle.
National Bicycle Groups
Bicycling Association (IMBA)
League of American Bicyclists
Adventure Cycling Association
SC DOT, Bicycle Pedestrian
SC State Trails Program
SC DOT - Map Sales
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202
or Pick up:
955 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
PO Box 25201
Raleigh, NC 27611