Developers pedal a new way of living in Lexington Co.
After years of being kicked to the curb, cyclists are beginning to see things roll their way.
The biggest problem they are going to have is bicycle traffic and hikers, said co-founder Newton Boykin of Bicycle City.
Boykin and Joe Mellett are the developers of what is to become Bicycle City. They unveiled their plans Tuesday to Lexington County Council. The car-free community would have no asphalt, just miles of bike trails.
Most of the communities we researched that were car-free were islands or resorts, said co-founder Joe Mellett of Bicycle City.
Mellett believes Bicycle City located 15-miles south of Columbia, will become the first subdivision of its kind in the U.S. Lexington County officials say they are more than happy to have it built in their backyard.
"Obviously, environmentally it TMs a fabulous way to develop property, said Lexington County Planning Director Charlie Compton.
The name Bicycle City really says it all -- residents will park their car at a lot located on the perimeter of the subdivision. Transportation from that point will be either bicycling or walking.
The developers have already purchased 140 acres of land for the subdivision.
The first phase of the green initiative will have 10 homes, which they hope to break ground on before the end of this year. Lots will range in price from $25,000 to $35,000.
We are starting small because we are dipping our toe into the water, not knowing what to expect, said Boykin.
Although bike-friendly communities are nothing new, they are rare; and Newton points out that future development of this type could be riding on the success of Bicycle City.