The purpose of the Battery2Beach route is to increase Charleston area livability, as well as contribute to better health and economy through increasing pathways and connectivity.
The Battery2Beach (B2B) network provides approximately 36-miles of mixed-use transportation paths, while connecting five local municipalities and three area beaches. It is intended for both commuter and recreational use, residents and visitors alike.
At its core, B2B is an initiative designed to instigate social change; in not only the way that traffic patterns and recreation are conducted, but how citizens will benefit from having a greater public use infrastructure.
In recent years, the Charleston area has experienced an increase in biking and walking. We believe that this increase in demand should be met with an increase in safe infrastructure.
From 2009 – 2013, Charleston had the highest growth rate of bicycling in the United States: 73.36% increase or 1,588 to 2,753 commuters (source). A quarter of local households bicycle frequently, while 3% of the working population commutes daily via bicycle and 6% commutes daily by walking — and the numbers are growing (Coastal Conservation League, 2012). Cities across America have already begun to experience the great number of benefits that mixed-use infrastructure can provide including:
Benefits to overall health
Decrease in air and runoff pollution
Increased connectivity and mobility
Alleviation of congested traffic
Positive impacts on local economy
Increased overall livability