Southern Season Brings Bike Parking Front and Near Center

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The stretch of Coleman Boulevard that’s now home to gourmet retailer Southern Season is one of the area’s bike-friendlier blocks, with a clearly delineated bike lane and multiple bike racks on the south side of the street.

Until recently, though, Southern Season presented a cyclist’s quandary: The store tucked its bike rack behind the attached restaurant, in an area so isolated that a valet attendant this Sunday told me there wasn’t any bike parking available. “Starbucks doesn’t even have a bike rack,” he said in reference to the neighboring cafe, shaking his head sadly and offering to watch my bike if I propped it up against a picnic table in front of the store.

According to publicist Becky Tanenbaum, I may have shown up one day too soon. In an e-mail sent this afternoon, she writes, “They moved the bike rack to a more visible place two days ago.”

So take note, biking gourmands: The rack’s now “in front of the cooking school on the front side.” Sounds like you can’t miss it.

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Drink Beer, Win a Bike Next Week

fattirebikeCharleston Moves is looking for local residents to support its mobility mission by sitting still and drinking beer.

For the fourth year, the bike advocacy group is hosting New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Film & Beer Tour, featuring short films projected on an inflatable outdoor screen and up to 18 beers available for sampling. Entry to the Sept. 26 event in Marion Square is free, but beer will be sold through a token system.

“Everyone will tell you that this event is lots of fun,” organizer Pat Sullivan says. Continue reading

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