WHAT? Tour de Sprawl is an educational tour highlighting issues of sprawl as they
relate to our community and impact our air and water quality, environment, health of our
citizens, and quality of life.
The tour is a series of informal presentations along a ~20 mile route through the
Charleston area. The presentations given by national and regional authorities on
issues of sprawl, urban design and sustainability will all ask the question: Which way do
The tour is designed to be taken by bicycles and there will also be a bus option with
limited availability for those unable to ride a bike. The tour is meant to be at a slow and
relaxed pace that ANYONE can do – from the beginner cyclists to the cycling athlete,
from the young to the young at heart.
WHERE?: The Tour de Sprawl will begin and end at Brittlebank Park, downtown
Charleston, on Lockwood Drive next to the Joe Riley Stadium. The tour will visit parts of
downtown Charleston and cross the new Cooper River Bridge on the Wonders Way
Refreshments will be provided along the way.
WHO: Mayor Joe Riley
Dr. Robert Russell
Who’s Who: Mayor Joe Riley
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly
effective governmental leaders in America. First elected Mayor in December, 1975,
Mayor Riley is serving an unprecedented eighth term. Under his leadership, Charleston
has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a
substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic
downtown business district, seen the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S.A.,
built Waterfront Park, developed nationally-acclaimed affordable housing, and
experienced unprecedented growth in Charleston's size and population. Mayor Riley
has led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety,
housing, arts and culture, children's issues, the creation of park and other public
spaces, and economic revitalization and development. The City of Charleston is
recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States. Mayor
Riley will be giving the opening presentation at the Tour de Sprawl.
Who’s Who: Dana Beach
Dana Beach is the founder and Executive Director of the South Carolina Coastal
Conservation League (SCCCL). In spite of the rapid population growth and associated
environmental problems of the South Carolina Coast, there was no staffed organization
working full-time on coastal environmental problems until 1989, when Beach
started SCCCL. SCCCL currently has more than 2,500 members. Look for Dana as a
presenter at the Tour de Sprawl.
Who’s Who: Robert Russell
Dr. Robert Russell has taught at the College of Charleston since 1994. He is an
Addlestone Professor of Architectural History, director of the undergraduate program in
Historic Preservation and Community Planning. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History from
Princeton and now lives in Radcliffeborough, two blocks from upper King St. where he
serves as president of the Radcliffeborough Neighborhood Association. Look for
Robert as a presenter at the Tour de Sprawl.
Who’s Who: Vince Graham
Vince Graham is a builder and renovator of traditional walking neighborhoods. His
endeavors have included historic renovations and the founding of award winning
neighborhoods in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A native of Atlanta, now living in
Charleston, he holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Look for Vince
as a presenter at the Tour de Sprawl.
REGISTER: Registration for Tour de Sprawl will be available on line or the day of the
ride. Registering in Advance is not only cheaper, but it helps the Tour de Sprawl
organizers plan better. Registration includes the educational tour, refreshments along
the way, registration packet, and post-Tour de Sprawl Share the Road Rally and
refreshments. After the Tour de Sprawl enjoy live music, free ice-cream by Ben &
Jerry's and interesting booths.
Resources on Sprawl
Sprawl Overview by the Sierra Club
Health Risks of Sprawl
American lung Association: State of the Air Report 2005
Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Eco-systems in the U.S.
Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse: Resources on Sprawl
Tress Green Space Foster Social Ties
Sprawl Fact Sheet
Sprawl and Growth – Articles from the Planning commissioners Journal
Benefits of Urban Trees
| Register by clicking HERE today.
Early Registration Ends 11/1/05. $15 in advance, $20 walk-up, Free if you present a
valid student ID or CARTA bus pass. Bus option also available for those that cannot
ride or do not have a bicycle & want to participate