Saturday, October 8, 2011

Your Opinion Counts, Two Surveys.

There are a couple of online surveys going around regarding bicycling/pedestrian planning. Please take a few moments and fill them out. It takes input to make positive changes, so please give your two cents!

1) The Lower Savannah Council of Governments (LSCOG) is completing a bicycle and pedestrian facilities study. LSCOG region consist of SC--Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell,
Calhoun, & Orangeburg Counties. The study will help the COG better understand local interest in bicycling and walking, and local needs for bicycle and pedestrian programs and infrastructure. The study will allow them to identify recommended corridors for bike/ped use, and identify potential funding sources.
LSCOG needs your feedback regarding current bike/ped need. Please take a few moments to fill out this short questionnaire. Even if you do not walk or bike regularly, your feedback will be helpful. The more responses they receive, the better they know how to plan for bike/ped needs in the future. Click here for the survey.

2) The Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) and Aiken County are developing both a regional and an Aiken County bicycle and pedestrian plan focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in the area. The Plan will integrate bikeway and walkway improvements into the regional planning process, as well as increase travel options for cyclists and pedestrians, identify gaps in the network, improve connectivity of communities and activity centers, create safe routes to transit, and develop a framework for complete streets policies and standards. The Plan will offer recommendations for infrastructure improvements and education/ encouragement programs and policies. The Plans will serve as an update to the 2003 ARTS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
The ARTS area includes all of Augusta-Richmond County and portions of Columbia County in Georgia and parts of Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina. The ARTS area includes the Georgia cities of Augusta, Grovetown, Hephzibah, and Blythe; and South Carolina cities of Aiken, North Augusta, and Burnettown. In addition to the regional bicycle and pedestrian plan development, the process will include development of a plan focused specifically on walking and biking in Aiken County. Click here to fill out the survey for the ARTS Study.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

ARTS/Aiken County Bicycle and Pedestrian PUBLIC WORKSHOPS


The Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) and Aiken County are developing biking and walking routes focused on expanding the network of safe and inviting bicycle and pedestrian facilities - and the agencies want your help! You are encouraged to attend public workshops to provide your ideas!

Held in AIKEN
Monday, October 3 (5-7 pm)
City of Aiken Municipal Building
214 Park Avenue, SW, Aiken

Tuesday, October 4 (5-7 pm)
Julian Smith Casino, Lake Olmstead 2200
Broad Street, Augusta

Learn about and offer suggestions for bicycling and walking improvements (paths, sidewalks, wide outside lanes on roadways, among others) and programs such as education, safety and encouragement.

Can't make it? Visit & click "Get Involved" to complete a short survey about biking and walking in the region!

The ARTS area includes: Augusta-Richmond County, part of Columbia County, part of Aiken and Edgefield Counties. The Georgia cities: Augusta, Blythe, Grovetown and Hephzibah. South Carolina cities: Aiken, Burnettown and North Augusta.

Questions? Visit or call:

Marya Moultrie - 706-821-1796 (Augusta)
Gerald Butler - 803-642-1520 (Aiken)