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Spartanburg Turning Downtown into People-Friendly Place

According to a Mary Black Foundation blog entry, “Work has begun to renovate the western gateway into downtown Spartanburg. Plans to narrow West Main Street, add bike lanes, improve sidewalks and add street trees will be complete by early October. The intent of the project is to not only beautify an entrance to our city, but also to create a safer environment for all travelers: pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This ‘road diet’ will take West Main Street down to two lanes, add parking on either side of the street, and thus slow traffic. The area has seen an incredible increase in pedestrian activity since the opening of three businesses in the past 2 years: the RJ Rockers Brewery, Main Street Pub, and Cribbs Kitchen.”

“Thanks to the work of our grantee, Partners for Active Living, Spartanburg City and County both have a Complete Streets Policy…With nearly 20% of the population in the city of Spartanburg having no access to a car, creating streets that are complete and accessible to all is important not only for aesthetics, but also for equity. The transformation of West Main from a four-lane highway into a pedestrian-scaled, bike-friendly road will benefit residents, visitors and businesses in downtown Spartanburg. If anyone would like to argue with that, just take a look at our sister city to the south with her bustling green-lined, sidewalked thoroughfare.”

Title: “Take to the Streets”
Author: Cate Brandt Ryba