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Charleston Bicycle Lecture Series

Posted Feb 18 2010 12:00am

The City of Charleston Civic Design Center together with The Clemson Architecture Center at Charleston are jointly working on a project to improve and encourage cycling in Downtown Charleston and the surrounding area.

The reasons why Charleston is considered an ideal cycling community
• Good weather
• Flat Topography
• Compact Metropolitan Area
• Historic streets handle bikes better than automobiles, and bikes create a street atmosphere that is close to the pre-auto context.

The City of Charleston was built in the 1700s and 1800s.

Its streets are narrow which adds to the historic charm of the place.

Distances are relatively short and can easily be undertaken on foot or by bicycle.

There are already horse drawn carriage rides for those who want to go on a guided historic tour.

As a part of this year’s plan, a Spring Lecture Series is being held.

I am scheduled to speak on Thursday evening, February 25th, at 7:00pm. The venue is upstairs in the Southend Brewery, 161 East Bay Street, in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Admission is free, and the event is open to local cyclists and anyone else who might be interested. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a cash bar. (It is a brewery after all.)

My presentation is titled, “The Bicycle: Evolution or Intelligent Design?” A somewhat tongue in cheek title to a subject that I hope will be entertaining as well as enlightening.

I did a similar talk at the Cirque du Cyclisme some three years ago. I have now expanded on the subject. I will show that the bicycle, one of the most efficient machines ever built, had no clear single inventor, but rather has been a steady evolution, often influenced by tradition, and changes brought about what was fashionable at the time.

I will have examples of my past work on display. If you live in the Charleston area I would love to see you there.


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