Ride the Bluffton bike paths with Transition Bluffton

Bluffton has an excellent and growing network of bike/pedestrian paths. Transition Bluffton is presenting a group bike ride around the paths to help people learn about the network. The ride will be proceeded by a brief presentation by Dick Ramseyer, president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation, and chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board, who was instrumental in the development of the paths, about how they came to be.

The ride will be at an easy pace, suitable for the whole family, and will be guided by experienced cyclists. The total distance is expected to be around 8 miles.

Gather at 7:00 PM at Buckeye Park, near the shuffleboard courts, on Tuesday June 19.

Bluffton Green Homes Tour is HERE!

July 23 Green Home Tour hosted by Transition Bluffton

Transition Bluffton is hosting a Green Home Tour on Sunday, July 23 from 1-4:00 p.m. Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.

The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building. Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it’s inspiring to see what others have done.” They also note, “The homeowners on the tour have been gracious enough to open their gates for us, so please be respectful of their properties and the time-frame of the tour.”

The three tour stops are a 1970s home with solar PV and battery backup, a new home with monopole PV arrays, and a home with earth berm, PV solar and passive solar design. Maps will be available at CG Pro Bikes, The Food Store, and the Bluffton Public Library after July 7th.

Transition Bluffton’s mission is to be a catalyst for conversation and sustainable change in the Bluffton community. To learn more about the organization, visit TransitionBluffton.org. To contact the organizers, email transitionbluffton@gmail.com.

Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices?  Click on this link to apply.

Bluffton Blaze of Lights Parade Transition Style

This year Bluffton celebrates the 30th year of the Blaze of Lights with opening ceremonies on November 26th.   Come see the Ream Christmas folk art display, Blaze of Lights parade, downtown festive window art and  Lighting of Main St at 7pm.  This year Transition Bluffton will be in the parade!  We have a float and will power it via BIKE POWER!  Stay tuned for more information.  We would love to see everyone there cheering Transition on– or better yet, join us!

This Page, from the Bluffton Chamber of Commerece, give details on the Blaze of Lights event and the schedule for the season.

 

Biking Bluffton- How to travel the bike path in style (Part 1)

With the planned opening of the Augsburger Road phase of the Bluffton bike path set for later this month, it is a great time to talk about making Bluffton a bike-friendly town.  The new section of the bike path will connect Maple Crest Senior Living Village and Bluffton University Nature Preserve to Riverbend Rd.  This bike path extension allows travelers to get from the new development areas on Augsburger Rd and Maple Crest to downtown for shopping, then from downtown to the Village park for a picnic or softball game.

Many people in Bluffton pride themselves on their use of alternate transportation to work and for pleasure. However, in order to make the bike path (and bicycles in general) a practical form of transportation, shopping bags, picnic baskets or other small loads need to be effectively, efficiently carried across town. There is no right answer for how to carry a load on a bike, there is just what works for you.  The people that brought you the Mind The Gap Movie, a documentary on urban transportation, have a short video on way people carry loads on their bikes.

Bluffton Transition is dedicated to furthering the discussion of how to make Bluffton a more bike-friendly town.  The bike path is a great start, but a knowledgeable biking community will be what allows Bluffton to be a city other cities look to for alternative transportation inspiration.  What are some of your ideas?