Common Ground in West Ashley

The Wrong Plan A week ago Monday, my wife and I went to John Wesley Methodist Church to attend the first of several “community input” meetings organized by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission.  (The second meeting, for the other half of “inner” West Ashley, was Tuesday, and the “outer” West Ashley meetings are this coming Saturday […]

Killing the bike lane will kill bikers

[This column by Steve Bailey was first printed in the Post and Courier and issued here with grateful permission of the author.] Someone on a bicycle is going to get killed crossing the Ashley River — and Charleston County Council is going to have to answer for it in the court of public opinion and, […]

Bridge the Ashley!

I’m working on little sleep, so forgive the in-eloquence.  Little sleep because we didn’t get home till about 11pm last night, having spent the evening with several hundred fellow citizens at the Gaillard watching the orchestrated theater that is the Charleston City Council.  Pretty good show.  Laughs galore.  The Keystone Cops have a better grasp […]

C&O Towpath, Day 5

O glorious Day 5! Sunlight and dry Towpath! Dawn frightened us.  Harper’s Ferry from Hancock is longer even than Hancock from Cumberland, and after the “Long Slog” (that is the name of Day 4) we were exhausted in legs and spirit.  Our quads ached.   And now we faced another longer day of staring right over our handlebars […]

C&O Towpath, Day 4

Cumberland, MD is the transfer city, where the Great Allegheny Passage ends and the C&O Towpath begins.  Day 3, we zoomed down through the Cumberland Narrows, the gap up into mountains and on to Pittsburgh and the Ohio River, the pass that connected the East with what was then called the “West” of the U. S. […]