Despite a majority of workers and visitors that travel into downtown Greenville by the preferred means of an automobile, the City of Greenville plans to continue the implementation of a 2006 City Council Resolution for a “Bikeville” infrastructure and spend $25,000 for additional bike lanes, $20,000 to pay a consultant and approximately $4,000 dollars for striping of new lanes on designated streets according to a Greenville News report. According to this report, even with increased traffic congestion on roads such as Stone Avenue advocated by some residents, projected infrastructure goals for 2014 will fall short of bike facilities taking up 50 percent of artery roads in order to achieve a “silver” status by the League of American Bicyclists. A future goal of becoming a “platinum” bike city by 2020 is also being advocated. Additionally, local hotel tax monies of $25,000 to Medalist Sports will be used to fund USA Cycling races in downtown Greenville. The city budget approved allocation of such monies to fund community events remains debatable since races could attract business, tourism and notoriety to the Greenville area.
According to the Federal Highway Administration/Program for Pedestrians and Bicycle Facilities and Programs, South Carolina has spent over $17 million on pedestrian and bicycle facilities and programs from fiscal year 2009-2010. As a nation, stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for bicycle programs account for $254.3 million and $208.6 million for 2010 respectively. In order to further the Progressive green agenda of the League of American Bicyclists, the Greenville Spinners Club are continuing to lobby for stimulus federal dollars which could potentially keep the local taxpayer on the hook for future repayment to the federal government.
Central planning by local government should not allocate local taxpayer dollars for a minority of bicyclist road infrastructure without the consent of the governed. Such collectivist government policy for a minority of cyclists in order to establish a more equalitarian community seems to be reflective of socialistic movements throughout the country today. Citizens should be given a choice by voting for bike-specific funds and City plans in Referendum(s) during an electoral process at the voting booth. In collaboration with government and not by government, Greenville’s bicycle facilities, programs and races should continue to be paid through bicycle sponsorship, fundraising and charity; not local taxpayer dollars because in the United States of America the majority rules.