The Bunny Business Trail

A while back, I wrote a blog entry about the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a bike path under construction in Greenville county, SC. Travelers Rest is the northern trail head (and the nearest town to my house) and the local tribune had an interesting article about the economic impact of the SWT.

“The economic impact of the trail was found to be dramatic, with nearby businesses reporting 30 to 85 percent increases in sales or revenues. Businesses also reported advantages associated with the trail such as easy advertising and more recognizable branding.”

Trail construction continues, and the plan is to connect something like 25 miles of trails together into one continuous system. It’s been a real boon to the community- businesses are thriving along the route, people are getting outdoors and exercising, and recreational bikers have an option over the often-shoulderless and dangerous country roads.

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