Hilton Head Recognized As A Bike Friendly Community

One of the biggest reasons visitors and residents alike chose Hilton Head Island is the chance to enjoy the magnificent low country landscape found on and around this coastal paradise.  More and more locals and guests are discovering a better way to enjoy their surroundings.  Rather than speeding around in a car, Hilton Head Islanders are choosing the human powered transportation of a bicycle.  

While the thrill of cruising around the island on a bike has been common knowledge locally for years, Hilton Head Island is beginning to get a little national recognition for its bikeability. This summer when the League of American Bicyclists gathered to make their list of the best communities for cycling, Hilton Head made the list of the top 25 bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S.

While Hilton Head had been given a silver-level status by the organization in the past, the community took an exciting step forward this year by winning gold-level status as a bikeable community.  As one of only 21 gold-level bike-friendly communities in the country and the only one located in the Southeast, Hilton Head is quite proud of this honor.  

As with any award, this one comes as the result of lots of hard work by the town and it’s residents.  Everyone involved has been putting in plenty of time to make Hilton Head a bike-friendly community.  Two specific initiatives stand out as reasons the town was given gold status this time around.

Chamber Of Commerce Bike And Dine Week
One of the most exciting events of the year for the cycling community On Hilton Head Island is the annual Bike and Dine Week sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  After realizing years ago that residents and visitors to the island can get nearly anywhere they needed to go by bike, the Chamber decided to encourage folks to get out and take a ride to their favorite dining spots.  Many restaurants have gotten behind the initiative by offering discounts to those who show up on a bike.

Building An Extensive Network Of Bike Trails
What would a bike friendly town be without a great network of trails?  Cyclists of all ages and skill levels have come to see the nearly sixty miles of bike paths and shared roadways as a vital part of their daily lives.  These paths take cyclists into the center of town for dinner and entertainment as well as out through the forests and marshes of the island.  Visitors have no fear of getting lost thanks to the kiosks located all along the paths with an island-wide map on one side, and a local route map on the other.  

Didn’t have room in the car for your bikes on this years vacation?  Hilton Head Island has you covered with plenty options for bike rentals.  Check out one of these great local companies on your next vacation for bike sales, rentals, or service.

Hilton Head Island has worked hard to earn its gold status, and it sure does show.  A leisurely bike ride, or a quick pedal into town for supplies really is one of the best ways to get the most out of a vacation to Hilton Head.  The next time you come to town we hope you put down those car keys, strap on a helmet and take your bike out for a spin.  

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