We're re-posting this letter to the editor of the Post and Courier, with thanks to that publication..
Add another example to Charleston's claim on superlative courtesy -- 50 or so experienced bicyclists, fully decked out in futuristic gear on high-tech cycles, sitting at a stop sign waiting for an 8-year-old girl on a kid's bike to join them.
They were the Folly-to-Battery participants in the recent inaugural Battery2Beach ride and came to a halt while my helmet-clad daughter raced to her bike from the Stiles Point Elementary School playground. I had pulled over so my wife and daughter could ride with me behind the pack until it was out of sight. Instead, they embraced my daughter as one of their own, slowing down to let her ride up in the front until she and her mother turned back at the end of the Harbor View bike lane.
The Battery2Beach regional bicycle connectivity plan is a great idea by a great organization (www.charlestonmoves.org) that deserves the support of the Charleston community, which will be better off for it.
But I'm even more impressed with the courtesy of 50 thoughtful strangers who gave me an indelible memory of little 8-year-old legs pumping away on the pedals, keeping up with the grown-ups.