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CCU students present map data of where community wants bicycle paths

. - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For months, Coastal Carolina University students have compiled data to show local governments exactly where people want paths for cycling and walking.

Tuesday, two students presented that information to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee with the City of Myrtle Beach. 

Months of research are now actual maps of exactly where people from the local community say they want access to paths.

Local governments, like Myrtle Beach, can use this information to support requests for grant money to put in those paths. 

The survey asked three things: 

Where do you ride your bicycle?

Where would you like to see more bicycle paths?

Where would be best served with bicycle paths?

The findings show an overwhelming interest in putting more paths around the Myrtle Beach area - the downtown area, Ocean Boulevard, the Market Common, Myrtle Beach State Park, and Business 17.

Conway was a top response, too, and is where most people who took the survey live.

There was also a significant number of people who want to see Conway and Myrtle Beach connected by bike paths. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee believes could be done by putting the paths along old train tracks.

Even though the data is complete the students have more work to do. They hope to share their findings across the county.

The committee asked the students to look a bit more into their research to find out the purpose many people ride their bicycles, whether it be leisure or for transportation. 

"This is important for the city to have, just because it's the voice of the community itself," explained CCU senior Jason Lee. "This is what people want in Horry County. This is what the tourists want when they come here to the Myrtle Beach area. This is something for the city to grow and then makes it, the city to have more money this way as well."

This data is brand new to county leaders' fingertips. The goal from everyone's perspective is to use this information to receive funding to put in more multi-use paths across the county.

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