Bicycle City

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Bicycle City was to be a planned, car-free community project with a mission to create sustainable places where people can live, work and visit. Parking is planned to be on the edge of the community near your home. However, the project has since been abandoned.

The first Bicycle City was planned near Columbia, SC. On December 11, 2010, Bicycle City South Carolina celebrated a ceremonial Groundbreaking Day. However, as of July 31, 2013 no further construction has taken place nor has a single structure been built and the land is completely undeveloped. The community was planned to include eco-friendly homes, two community lakes, a community center and market with local organics, and community parking on the edge. Everything was to be connected via miles of multi-surface walking, hiking and biking trails.

Bicycle City has been featured in Bicycling magazine, Next American City magazine, and Outside magazine as one of "10 Big Ideas for 2010." In 2010, Bicycle City sponsored the Interbike Conference in Las Vegas and the Livable Cities Conference in Charleston.

Bicycle City communities plan to reduce storm water runoff, reduce congestion, protect animals and the environment, and provide a key model for sustainable development that is not dependent on cars.

Bicycle City's design team includes Ozzie Nagler, who designed Seoul Olympic Village and the Three Rivers Greenway; Anne Lusk, Harvard School of Public Health research fellow; and Mike Lydon, principal of the Street Plans Collaborative.

The concept of Bicycle City has been influenced by the ideas of new urbanism, smart growth development and healthy, active communities, as well as the work of people such as Frank Lloyd Wright, John Naisbitt, Andreas Duany, Paolo Soleri, John Robbins, Scott Martin, Maria Montessori, Richard Register, and J.H. Crawford.

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