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Bike Light Distribution Program

SCAL distributes a bicycle taillight and bicycling safety information to individuals with limited financial resources who, for transportation, ride a bicycle that is not properly equipped with a taillight. Contact the SCAL office for more information about how this program works: (803) 774-3860 or cblumberg@sumtercountysc.org.

Cycling Clubs and Community Bike Rides

SCAL provides some support for Sumter County's cycling clubs. Club members assist SCAL with community bicycling events and advocating for a bicycle-friendly community.

The cycling groups welcome all who want to ride—novice and experienced cyclists alike. Visit the Sumter Chaingang Bicycle Club Facebook page to learn more about the bike rides and other outdoor adventures in and outside of Sumter County.

SCAL's Bike Sumter County map identifies various bicycle routes of different lengths throughout the county to guide both the novice and more experienced road rider. In addition to identifying routes, the map provides basic bicycle maintenance information, safety tips and rules of the road for bicyclists and motorists. These maps are free, and printed copies are available at the SCAL office at the Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department, 155 Haynsworth Street in Sumter.

Publicity, Outreach, and Education

SCAL’s publicity and outreach efforts to inform and educate the community about the exercise and recreation opportunities throughout the county include newspaper feature stories, columns, articles and advertisements; radio spots; and cable television infomercials.

Bicycle-Friendly Sumter County Initiative

Through our Bike-Walk Committee, SCAL is conducting an education and awareness initiative to create a bicycle-friendly Sumter County that promotes and advocates for safe and enjoyable bicycling for leisure, exercise and transportation. The initiative contains several components:

Share the Road Campaign
drive and cycle friendly, share the road logo

Our Share the Road campaign slogan is "Drive and Cycle Friendly. Share the Road."

In 2009, SCAL produced a video about sharing the road to educate motorists and bicyclists.  It originally aired as an infomercial on local cable TV.  A description of the video project is documented in the journal Progress in Community Health Partnerships:  Research, Education and Action, Volume 5, Issue 2, Summer 2011.   An abstract about the article is found at Progress in Community Health Partnerships Research Education and Action at the Project Muse website.

Click the Play button below to watch our very own Share the Road infomercial.

 

"Bicycle Friendly Community" Award

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) awarded Sumter County an honorable mention for the Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Community review. This award was given to recognize the collaborative efforts being taken among many organizations, including SCAL and the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center, to promote safe and accessible bicycling for our citizens. SCAL is proud of this first honorary achievement and continues collaborating with community partners to help Sumter County reach the next Bicycle Friendly Community award level.

LAB's Bicycle Friendly Community Program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling.

 

National Bike Month

May is recognized as National Bike Month. Sumter County Active Lifestyles celebrates National Bike Month in our local area each year with a variety of activities, like proclamations, newspaper articles, bike ride with the mayor, bike-friendly route mapping assistance for bike commuters, and advice to organizations about proper selection and installation of bicycle racks.

Our 2011 Bike Month activity was a community-wide public survey about what residents would like to see happen in the county to help make it a more "bicycle-friendly community." Click here for the survey results summary.

SCAL’s bicycling survey project was featured as a news story on WLTX-TV News 19 on June 15, 2011.

Or read the article and watch the video here: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/140449/2/Sumter-Group-Wants-to-Know-What-Gets-Your-Pedals-Turning

SCAL is working closely with bicyclists, transportation agencies, bicycling advocacy groups and others to make Sumter County a bicycle-friendly community. If this is your goal also, we'd like to hear from you. Contact Linda Pekuri at (803) 774-3861 or lpekuri@sumtercountysc.org

 

Adopt-A-Park

If you are looking for ways to contribute to your community, then consider "adopting" a city park. SCAL and the City of Sumter Parks & Gardens Department sponsor an Adopt a Park Program for selected parks within the city as a way to get community members involved in providing attractive places people can go to for recreation, leisure exercise, and physical activity. Businesses, school groups, civic clubs, churches and faith groups, and other organizations are invited to join Adopt A Park to assist with basic maintenance and beautification of local parks and green spaces. Adoptive groups are required to conduct clean-ups at least four times a year and are encouraged to recruit neighborhood participation from residents near their particular park. SCAL will provide a small amount of money for clean-up supplies, and the Parks Department will place a sign in the park to acknowledge the adoptive group.

If you would like to adopt a city park, contact Sumter County Active Lifestyles at (803) 774-3860 or cblumberg@sumtercountysc.org.

 

Wednesday Walkers

SCAL partners with the City of Sumter; Sumter County; Tuomey Healthcare System; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control- Sumter County Health Department; Clemson Cooperative Extension; South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon-Sumter County; The Item newspaper; Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority; Thompson Construction Group; Salterstown Community Center and the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center to sponsor Wednesday Walkers, a worksite-based community walking program. The purpose of Wednesday Walkers is to promote physical activity among organizations and businesses, increase awareness of places to walk in Sumter County and foster positive work relationships.

Wednesday Walkers continues to be a popular, successful and expanding program since it began in 2006. Well over 100 walkers have participated in this popular community walking program each year. For the 2010 program, which concluded on May 5, 22 walking teams from 19 worksites participated. A record-breaking average of 258 people walked each week! For many individuals, Wednesday Walkers is the impetus they need to get started on a healthier lifestyle by being more physically active.

If your worksite has not yet participated in Wednesday Walkers and has its own suitable place for employees to walk or access to a nearby sidewalk, walking track or trail, then consider having your worksite form a Wednesday Walkers team to participate in the 2011 program. Contact Linda Pekuri at 803-774-3861 or lpekuri@sumtercountysc.org for more information.

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